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
Posted on September 3rd, 2017
At MichiganTrailMaps.com we’re celebrating high places and great views of which both can be enjoyed from a series of ridges and treeless balds in the western Upper Peninsula. In this Trail Talk, guest blogger Eric Freedman writes about Brockway Mountain Drive and its long history as one of Michi… read more
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
Posted on February 18th, 2015
Sure it’s been sub-zero throughout much of the state this week. But in this Trail Talk blog Jim DuFresne discovered cross-country skiing in such Arctic temperatures can be a warm experience.
Rather think about summer? On Saturday March 7 Jim will be at the Quiet Water Symposium at Michigan Stat… read more
Posted on December 17th, 2014
As the December comes to a close this seems like a good time to reflect on losses from the past year and changes this winter will bring. For us the main one is that for the first time since early 1980s, Dave Forbush won’t be greeting skiers at Forbush Corner Nordic Center. After being diagnosed with p… read more
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
Posted on July 17th, 2014
In this Trail Talk blog Jim DuFresne explores the Hoist Lakes Foot Travel Area in search of trophy bass and bluegills. For more on the unique backcountry tract of the Huron National Forest see our latest Trail Talk newsletter or check out the MichiganTrailMaps.com eshop for a copy of the new edition o… read more
Posted on June 12th, 2014Recently the new Sleeping Bear Dunes Wilderness was officially designated but Jim DuFresne wonders in the latest MichiganTrailMaps.com Trail Talk blog; can a place that has been extensively logged and farmed, that is crisscrossed with new roads and old two-tracks, that was once the site o… read more
Posted on May 6th, 2014
Trail conflicts are nothing new and they are not going away. Jim DuFresne looks into the latest; fat tire bikers and cross-country skiers, in this Trail Talk blog entry.
Don’t forget, our newest map is now out and available from our e-shop. The 11 by 17-inch, two-sided map covers the Lakeshore T… read more
Posted on December 2nd, 2013
North Mantiou Island Map
Back by popular demand MichiganTrailMaps.com is staging its holiday sale again. Order a book and we’ll throw in one our trail maps, a $4.95 value!
Order any book from our e-shop — maybe Isle Royale National Park: Foot Trails & Water Routes, Backpacking In Michigan o… read more