50 Hikes on Michigan & Wisconsin’s North Country Trail


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Challenging hikes to the precipices of dramatic cliffs, gentle walks to breathtaking waterfalls, and satisfying rambles to geological formations that reveal millions of years of natural history.

In the same class as the Appalachian Trail, the North Country National Scenic Trail is over twice as long as its older cousin. 50 Hikes on Michigan & Wisconsin’s North Country Trail is a guidebook for both the day hiker and the long-distance backpacker. This 280-page guide by author Thomas Funke covers the certified trail on the ground as well as portions yet to be certified in adjoining states.  Nearly 1,000 miles of trail and connecting routes are covered.

All 50 sections of the NCT include full-color maps and elevation profiles. and color photos. Also included are resources to assist with trip planning, from transportation to help long-distance backpackers connect trail segments and local services to mileage charts and other valuable information.

An avid hiker and freelance outdoor writer, Thomas Funke is also the author of 50 Hikes in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and the founder of Trailspotters, a transportation service for backpackers. Funke lives in Hastings, MI where he served as resident manager of the Michigan Audubon Otis Sanctuary, a 120-acre bird sanctuary.

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