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Your First Step Outdoors – MichiganTrailMaps.com

Is it winter already? You betcha! Check out our feature on where to find the best snow before Christmas and Jim DuFresne’s piece on exploring Sylvania Wilderness in the middle of winter entitled Solitude on Snowshoes. Then use our Trail Search feature above and click on cross-country skiing under “Select an Activity.” You’ll discover trails and will be able to download the appropriate map for wherever you want to ski.

We’re not only constantly adding new trails and maps, but also feature a newsletter and a blog by DuFresne, one of the best known recreational outdoor writers in Michigan. You can sign up for the Trail Mix Newsletter and receive its free trail map by clicking here.


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    Trail Talk Blog
    July 12, 2019 The High Cost of a Backcountry Rescue – Who Pays?
    High water levels on Lake Michigan have doubled the cost of retrieving injured visitors along the shoreline dunes of Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore this summer. In this Trail Talk blog, Jim DuFresne wonders why are the rescued so shocke… read more
    June 10, 2019 Georeferencing, Smartphones and the Future of Trail Maps
    MichiganTrailMaps.com is proud to announce the addition of georeferenced maps for smartphones to its stable of trail maps. Following is a Trail Talk blog by Jim DuFresne on why we did it and how to download the new maps. But DuFresne also won… read more
    April 24, 2019 Backcountry Camping in Sleeping Bear Dunes? Good Luck
    A prescribed burn at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore will temporarily close the only place in April and early May where you can enjoy backcountry camping in Michigan’s most popular national park unit. And that’s a shame, write… read more
    March 14, 2019 Hard to Delete a Trail Like Valley View
    In a park known for great beaches, spectacular views and towering sand dunes, the Valley View Trail in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore had none of those. Yet when the decision was made not to reopen this short, obscure trail after the… read more
    Looking for the White Stuff in November

    Cross-country ski season has begun! Here’s where to find skiable snow

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    Sylvania Wilderness; Solitude on Snowshoes

    Sylvania in the winter is a true wilderness adventure.

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    The Future of Trail Maps

    MichiganTrailMaps.com now offers georeferenced maps. Always know where you are on the trail.

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