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Tom Walker – First Hike on The First 2020

Tom Walker 8th Day Interview - First Hike on The First 2020
Tom Walker 8th Day Interview – First Hike on The First 2020

Paradise, Michigan – Local residents and area visitors are invited to celebrate New Year 2020 with a “First Hike on the First” along the scenic Tahquamenon River near the river mouth south of Paradise. The New Year’s Day hike is sponsored by the Hiawatha Shore-to-Shore (HSS) chapter of the North Country Trail Association (NCTA). Hikers will meet at 1:00 PM on Tahqua Trail Road west of the river mouth bridge.


Participants of all ages are invited. They should dress for the weather in layers, bring their camera, water, and family/and or friends. Snowshoes or skis are recommended.

HSS is an active volunteer group that maintains, promotes, improves, and enjoys the North Country National Scenic Trail. The NCT meanders through the EUP for over 200 miles. It stretches through eight states from the Appalachian Trail in Vermont to South Dakota! It is one of 11 national scenic trails.

First Hike Tahqua Trail Boat
First Hike Tahqua Trail Boat

For more information on the hike or the NCT contact hss@northcountrytrail.org, or Tom Walker at 906-322-2617 or Kay Kujawa at 989-350-2826, and the Hiawatha Shore-to-Shore Facebook page.

Here is a video from our last hike near Rudyard, MI.


More Hiawatha Shore-to-Shore Upcoming Events:

Hike: First Hike on the First: 2020 – Wed, Jan 1 @ 1 PM to 5 PM
Hike along the Tahquamenon River near the river mouth.
Celebrate the New Year with a hike on the NCT! Get an early start in fulfilling the 2020 Hike 100 Challenge!

We will meet on Tahqua Trail Road about 3/4 mile west of M-123 on the north shore of the Tahquamenon River near the river mouth and hike on the trail along the river.

Bring clothing appropriate for the weather, snow shoes or cross country skis, water and a camera.

Bring a friend or two! (Or make a friend or two!)

Distance of the hike will depend on conditions and your abilities.

A map of the hike area is here: http://nct.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Viewer/index.html?appid=23a2c0d674cb443ea9835af2e8c5f13a&extent=-85.1270,46.5403,-84.9897,46.5869

GPS Lat/Long: 46.564338 -85.041493

After the hike we will gather at a local establishment for sustenance and refreshment.

Ask questions here or call Tom at 906-322-2617.


Hike: Stomp the Park, Hike the Hiawatha – Sat, Jan 4 2 PM and more events!

Snowshoe, Ski, Hike! Make your plans for the whole day or just part of the day, plan on having FUN!!

Bring water, a whistle, skis or snow shoes (or both), clothing appropriate for the trail and for time around a bonfire or two, your camera, and a friend or two!

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Lots of information follows, please read below!

>>2:00pm — Join us at a bonfire off Brevort Lake Road. Bring your lunch and eat while we organize for the first hike of the day. We will cover a couple of miles or more if conditions allow. GPS Coordinates Lat/Long: 45.953272 -84.892921

The meeting location is a little spur road sometimes known as Jolene about 2 miles north of US-2 on Brevort Lake Road — 10 miles west of Saint Ignace. This is where the NCT crosses Brevort Lake Road. See a map that shows the NCT here: https://nct.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Viewer/index.html?appid=23a2c0d674cb443ea9835af2e8c5f13a&extent=-84.9258,45.9434,-84.8572,45.9670

>> 5:00 pm — Stomp Straits State Park — Meet at the parking lot by the check-in shack at the State Park in Saint Ignace. Park staff will have a lantern lit trail established that leads us to the lake shore where will will have a bonfire, hot cocoa, s’mores, etc while watching the Mackinac Bridge light up as the sun sets in the Straits of Mackinac. This is a great way to finish a great day of hiking! GPS Coordinates Lat/Long: 45.853319 -84.720358

The entrance of the State Park is off Church Street in Saint Ignace, south of US-2 and the Family Fare grocery store. See a map here: https://nct.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Viewer/index.html?appid=23a2c0d674cb443ea9835af2e8c5f13a&extent=-84.7381,45.8482,-84.7038,45.8600

7:00 pm — Dinner at the Village Inn Restaurant in Saint Ignace, 250 North State Street — Next to the Shell Station at the bottom of the hill as you follow the business spur. GPS Lat/Long: 45.86431 -84.719117 Great Food and Conversations! (Gluten Free food available including pizza and hamburger buns!) See the menu here: http://www.viofstignace.com/eatsanddrinks.html

Ask questions here or via e-mail at hss@northcountrytrail.org
Contact: Tom Walker – 906-322-2617 or Kay Kujawa – 989-350-2826
Hike: Paradise Winter Hike – Sat, Jan 25 2020 10 AM to 3 PM
A wonderful Winter hike with snow and more!


Hike: Paradise Winter Hike – Sat, Jan 25 2020 10 AM to 3 PM

A wonderful Winter hike with snow and more!

8 to 8:30 am — Meet for breakfast in Paradise. This is optional. More details as the place to meet is verified.

10am — Hike off the Tahqua Trail Road along the Tahquamenon River. Meet at the ‘Hunt Club’ corner just west of Snug Harbor on Tahqua Trail Road. Plans will be finalized depending on conditions the day of the hike. Distance will be determined by your abilities and willingness to cover the trail. In other words, there may be hikes of several lengths depending on who shows up. Come and experience Winter and all her beauty!!

Bring snow shoes or cross country skis, clothing appropriate for the weather and activity, a whistle, water, camera, and a friend or two!

After the hiking — We will gather for refueling and refreshment at a local establishment.

Hike Meeting Location: Tahqua Trail Road is the dirt road that follows the Tahquamenon River at the river mouth it on the north side of the river. Access it from M-123 south of Paradise. GPS Coordinates Lat/Long: 46.563334 -85.08183

A map of the area is here: https://nct.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Viewer/index.html?appid=23a2c0d674cb443ea9835af2e8c5f13a&extent=-85.1469,46.5421,-85.0096,46.5886

Ask questions here or via e-mail at hss@northcountrytrail.org. Contact Tom at 906-322-2617. Phone coverage will be spotty the day of the hike.
Hike: Falling In Love with Winter Hiking – Sat, Feb 8 Morning 10 AM & Night 6 PM
How much do you LOVE hiking, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing?


Hike: Falling In Love with Winter Hiking – Sat, Feb 8 Morning 10 AM & Night 6 PM

How much do you LOVE hiking, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing?

Fall in love all over again with the best outdoor Winter sports on the North Country Trail and the Giant Pines Loop and take in views of the Upper Falls at Tahquamenon Falls State Park.

Morning hike is at 10am (starting at the Upper Falls parking lot) and is a looped hike that includes the Upper Falls and the Giant Pines Loop that the NCT overlays for quite a while. There is an option to follow the NCT off the loop to view the 500′ beaver dam and new boardwalk built in 2017 just off the loop. The loop is about 4 miles long and is groomed for skiing.

After that we will lunch at the Camp 33 Tahquamenon Brewery located there by the parking lot.
After Lunch there will be an option to cover some of the other trails in the park!

At 6pm the lantern lit trail at the Upper Falls will be available for a night time hike. The Park will have snowshoes and hot cocoa available at the Fact Shack.
A Michigan Recreation Passport is required for entry. Purchase your Recreation Passport at the park entrance or at the Secretary of State when you renew your vehicle tabs.
Bring: Water, Skis or snowshoes, camera, clothing for hiking and fresh clothing for in between, water AND a FRIEND!
Questions? Comments? Post them here or call Tom at 906-322-2617. Cell phone service is spotty at the park so there may not be an answer the day of the event.

News: 2020 Quiet Adventures Symposium – Sat, Feb 29 all day East Lansing MSU

HSS is heading to Lansing for the last day in February to exhibit at a gathering of all quiet sports lovers. See the event at the link:

Don’t miss this! It is worth the trip south. Bring the family for kids’ enjoyment, bring your questions for the experts, check out gear and routes. Maybe even see the stars! We look forward to seeing our old favorites and new additions to exhibitors and speakers.

More info at https://www.quietwatersociety.org/?fbclid=IwAR36Rc7ezSkfPVkYx2hLiWZPZqYxEE-c45Wl8lNxywX3nXIAbHbtZGSZtYo
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