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The Overcrowded Wilderness

Posted on October 3rd, 2018
Have you hiked Nordhouse Dunes lately? Our favorite trails and wilderness areas are getting crowded and not just on the weekends. What’s the solution to overrun campsites and the growing amount of trash left in the woods? Are reservations or strict permit systems to the backcountry a permanent p… read more

If Not Us, Then Who Pays?

Posted on June 20th, 2018
As the traditional outdoor sports of hunting and fishing decline in participation, there is concern about who is going to pay for the upkeep of our woods, waters and wildlife. Jim DuFresne looks into that issue in the latest Trail Talk blog from MichiganTrailMaps.com and concludes it has to be the re… read more

Oh, To Be A Guide In Alaska

Posted on February 2nd, 2018
We noticed the following help wanted ad in our email box recently. So did Jim DuFresne and it made him reminisce about the two years he worked for a guiding company in Southeast Alaska. Was it his dream job? Read on. Later this month DuFresne will be giving his new presentation, A Place Called the Porkieread more

Running on the Island

Posted on September 28th, 2017
Summer has come to a close and Jim DuFresne, the main blogger at MichiganTrailMaps.com, has some thoughts before we move into that short but sweet hiking season known as Fall in Michigan. Get out there because before you know it, winter will be here. For tips and suggestions on where to go in October ch… read more

Timeless In The Porkies & Loving It

Posted on October 16th, 2016
Hey buddy do you know what time it is? Jim DuFresne didn’t. The main Trail Talk blogger for MichiganTrailMaps.com didn’t know the time for five days while backpacking in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. And it was so unusual he almost didn’t want to emerge from those rugged ridges w… read more

County Road 371: One Short & Adventurous Drive

Posted on September 17th, 2016
In the latest Trail Talk blog from MichiganTrailMaps.com, Jim DuFresne writes about the most amazing road he has ever followed in Colorado. Country Road 371 offers spectacular scenery, lots of outdoor adventure and places to camp. Even more amazing, CR 371 is only 10 miles long. Jim no more flew bac… read more

Kids, Rain & Lakeshore Trail; What Could Be Better?

Posted on June 2nd, 2015
Ken Jacobsen is a nature photographer and a father. When he took his kids for a backpacking trip on the Lakeshore Trail in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and it was raining he thought he had a disaster on his hands. Hardly. In this Trail Talk blog he tell us why it was one of their best outings ever. You… read more
Honeymoon Cabin in the Green Timbers tract of the Pigeon River Country State Forest.

Losing Honeymoon Cabin For Good

Posted on May 1st, 2015
The DNR Parks and Recreation Division has announced the removal of Honeymoon Cabin in the Pigeon River Country State Forest. Too bad, that was Michigan’s most amazing trailside shelter and we have only ourselves to blame. Want to check out the cabin before it’s gone? Order the MichiganTrailMa… read more
The Big Agnes mtnGLO Tent with built-in LED lighting.

Too Much High Tech In The Woods

Posted on April 7th, 2015
Let Google’s Street View Trekker hike the path for you? No thanks, we’ll pass even if it means we might get a blister on the back of our heel. In this Trail Talk blog we ponder when is so much high tech too much out in the woods, the one sanctuary we’ve always counted to escape from the modern world aro… read more

Outhouses: Taking A Load Off Your Feet

Posted on September 16th, 2014
A smelly outhouse? Not to Jim DuFresne. Our Trail Talk blogger loves what a privy provides in the middle of the backpacking trip; a roof over your head and a seat to take a load off your feet. MichiganTrailMaps.com has been on its summer sabbatical, researching trails and enjoying life in northern Mic… read more
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