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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

Brockway Mountain Drive: Scenic & Historic

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

One Man’s Love for a Nordic Ski Trail

Posted on November 22nd, 2016
Love that trail you’re skiing? There’s a very good chance volunteers made it possible. At Loud Creek Ski Trail in the Huron National Forest it was one man who for almost 30 years was responsible for the excellent trail system near Mio. In this MichiganTrailMaps.com Trail Talk blog, Jim… 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

A Happy Unbirthday on Southwest

Posted on August 29th, 2016
On a recent flight home from a flyfishing trip in the Rocky Mountains, Jim DuFresne fell in love with Southwest Airlines and in this Trail Talk blog our main blogger tells us why. Fall is almost here, a time when hiking and backpacking is at its best; no bugs, no crowds, nobody else on that stretch of beac… read more
A hiker crossing the old boardwalk along the Jordan River Pathway.

Shaving a Mile Off a Day’s Hike

Posted on June 8th, 2016
The new Manistee River Trail and Hoist Lake Foot Travel Area maps from MichiganTrailMaps.com In our latest Trail Mix e-Newsletter, Jim DuFresne pondered how far he’s willing to go to shave a mile from a day’s hike (with a backpack on no less). It drew considerable response so we’… read more

Art Neumann: For the Love of Trout

Posted on April 1st, 2016
Art Neumann, a founding father of Trout Unlimited that was established on the banks of the AuSable River in 1959, died last week at the age of 99. Even if you’re not a fly fisherman, you should give thanks to one of Michigan’s greatest environmentalists, who dedicated his life to cold, clear strea… read more

When a Trail Closes We All Lose

Posted on February 20th, 2016
A couple of snowmobile trails were closed this winter due to misbehavior by snowmobilers using them. What do you care, you’ve never been on a snowmobile in your life. But you should as it’s another reminder that our wonderful trail systems in Michigan are often fragile networks. To find a ski tra… read more
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