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2016 Calendar of Events

The information listed in this calendar is our best assesment of what we hope to accomplish this year. Some of the details are yet to be determined and things may change as the year progresses. It is always best to check our website for updates or reach the contact person of the event for any last minute changes.

Occasionally, outings have to be canceled because of unexpected events. Outing leaders strongly urge you to sign up for all events using the e-mail links provided in each event, or phone number if you do not have e-mail, so that you can be notified in the event that plans change.


2016 Calendar
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September October November December


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JULY

July 9 - 10 - Mowing and More Weekend II
Mowing and chainsaw work along the length of the trail in Newaygo county.

Volunteers are need to cut back brush and help mow sections of the trail where the grasses and ferns are encroaching.

Feel free to camp out with us at the Birch Grove School House on Saturday night. The School house is near the Loda Lake National Wildflower Sanctuary. Enjoy a fun and relaxing evening around the campfire.

Members may participate for one or both days of the weekends.

For further details, contact Larry Meyer at lkmeyer@zoho.com or (616) 706-6924 (email, preferred). Start time is 9:00 AM.


Sunday, July 17 - 7.2 or 10 Mile NCT Day Hike, Lowell MI. Laura Hall Knapp, Leader

Join the chapter for a Sunday afternoon 7.2 or 10 mile hike starting in downtown Lowell, right by the NCTA National Headquarters, going north to Fallasburg Park for the 7.2 mile or continuing on to 3 Mile Rd via Ashley Ave. for the 10 mile hike.

We will meet at the parking lot in downtown Lowell on the south side of Main St. across from the Flat River Grill at 1:00 PM. First we will spot cars at McPherson St. in Fallasburg Park and on 3 Mile and Ashley Ave. before returning to Lowell to start our hike.

As the trail leaves Lowell, we enter a beautiful forested area with rolling hills. Part of the trail over looks the scenic Flat River. The hike can end at Fallasburg Park or you can continue on along Ashley Ave. for three more miles up to 3 Mile Rd.

Approximate hike time will be 4-5 hours. Please bring water, snacks or lunch to eat on the trail. Laura Hall-Knapp is an experienced hiker working toward the Hike 100 Challenge. This hike is a moderate pace, some rolling terrain, some portions on roads. Please contact Laura before the hike.

To sign up for this hike, or for further details, contact Laura Hall-Knapp at lhallknapp@yahoo.com or (616) 240-0342, preferably during evenings or weekends. Hike is limited to 20 people. Thank-you


AUGUST

Saturday, August 16 - 6 Mile NCT Day Hike / Potluck, White Cloud MI. Sibyl Smith, Leader

We welcome you to enjoy a beautiful, natural stretch of the NCT in Newaygo County from 6-mile to M-20 (1-mile). We will meet at the M-20 trailhead parking area at 9:00 AM, then shuttle up to starting spot after a quick stop and tour of the Birch Grove Schoolhouse. Food will be brought back to the house by a volunteer.

This 8 mile portion of the trail meanders through the incredible Manistee National Forest crossing two streams. We will travel at a moderate pace taking 3-4 hours. Pack lots of water and snacks for the trail.

Enjoy a friendly gathering after the hike. The Smith's will be hosting a potluck at their home on the White River just a mile from the M-20 trailhead.

To sign up for this hike, or for further details, contact Sibyl Smith at SibylSmith1@gmail.com or (616) 836-0995. Hike is limited to 20 people. Thank-you


SEPTEMBER

Saturday, September 17 - Trail Work

General trail work along the NCT in Newaygo County.

For further details, contact Larry Meyer at lkmeyer@zoho.com or (616) 706-6924 (email, preferred).


Friday & Saturday, September 23-24
Trail Town Celebration and North Country Trail National Scenic Trails Day
White Cloud MI.


Come join White Cloud in the second annual Trail Town celebration! White Cloud became a designated Trail Town in 2014 with the finishing of a connector trail to the White Cloud County Park.

Many events are planned from runs to hikes on the NCT, kayak races on the White River, kids activities, music and beer tent.

The celebration starts on Friday, September 23 from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM with food and music; and Saturday, September 24 from 9:00 AM to dusk includes hikes, races, children events, more food and music are planned.

Camping is available, a great way to meet members of the Westerm Michigan Chapter. A great family event.

Registration for runs start at 9:00 am on site Saturday morning. Running events are in the afternoon. Races include: 10K, 5K and a 5K walk on the NCT. For race pre-registration and a complete schedule of activities contact: http://business.rivercountrychamber.com/events or call Denise at the Chamber, 231-652-3068.

Registration for hikes and runs start at 9:00 am on site Saturday morning. Hikes of 1.5 miles, 3 miles and 8 miles are in the planning. Hikes start Saturday morning at 10:00 AM. For hike information contact Beth Keloneva at bkeloneva@gmail.com or (231) 215-3552


OCTOBER

Saturday, October 8 - Trail Work

General trail work along the NCT in Newaygo County.

For further details, contact Larry Meyer at lkmeyer@zoho.com or (616) 706-6924 (email, preferred).


Saturday, October 8 - 6 or 12 Mile NCT Day Hike, Lowell MI. Lisa Gilbert, Leader

Come join us for a day hike that wanders through the beautiful wooded lands of Lowell. You'll see breathtaking views pine forests, old growth forests, scenic hills, rock cairns and of the Flat River along the way. There are two small stream crossings with rock stepping stones.

The moderately paced round trip hike is expected to take 5-6 hours. Please bring ample water and lunch/snacks to supply you on the journey. Also, wear bright colors as it is bow dear season.

Please plan to arrive by 8:45 AM to begin a 9:00 AM hike.

To sign up for this hike, or for further details, contact Lisa Gilbert at realtorlisa05@gmail.com or (616) 485-2807. Hike is limited to 20 people. Thank-you


Saturday, October 22 - Trail Work

General trail work along the NCT in Newaygo County.

For further details, contact Larry Meyer at lkmeyer@zoho.com or (616) 706-6924 (email, preferred).


NOVEMBER

There are no currently chapter events scheduled for this month.


DECEMBER

There are no currently chapter events scheduled for this month.



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