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Georeferencing, Smartphones and the Future of Trail Maps

Posted on June 10th, 2019
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 wondered if hikers and backpackers need or even want all this te… read more

Hard to Delete a Trail Like Valley View

Posted on March 14th, 2019
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 2015 wind storms, we lost a lot.  Read the latest Michiga… read more

Cooking Like a New York City Food Cart Vendor

Posted on February 13th, 2019
Jim DuFresne, the main blogger for MichiganTrailMaps.com, was sitting in Times Square when he realized that New York City food cart vendors could teach a thing or two to backpackers. What could they possibly have in common? Read his latest Trail Talk blog to find out (and pick up a few cooking tips). I… read more

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

Reserving Your Slice of the Wilderness

Posted on March 27th, 2018
We’ve been getting a lot of emails and comments lately about planning a trip to Isle Royale National Park or Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. So MichiganTrailMaps.com is having its first spring sale! Use coupon code Spring418 when you ch… read more

The Long Journey to a New Site

Posted on November 11th, 2017
This is a huge day for MichiganTrailMaps.com. After more than a year in the works our new web site has been launched. What an effort it’s been but we think it’s worth it. The site is cleaner, easier to use, much more mobile friendly. In this Trail Talk blog Jim DuFresne, who has been involved with Mic… read 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

Lending A Hand For A New Trail

Posted on November 11th, 2013
There are new backpacking trails on the horizon for Michigan but they could use a helping hand in the planning and development of them. Read about them in the latest Trail Talk or check out other recent blogs at our newly re-launch MichiganTrailMaps.com website (www.michigantrailmaps.com). By Jiread more

Racing to a Campsite on South Manitou Island

Posted on August 26th, 2012
Backpacking in Michigan Editor’s Note: Jim DuFresne is on the Manitou Islands of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore for two weeks working on a MichiganTrailMaps.com mapping project. Here is his first Trail Talk blog entry. For more on the islands, check out Backpacking In Michigan availab… read more
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