Ten people and four dogs hiked today on the North Country Trail. Here are the highlights. Sorry the pictures are so gray and brown, but that's what it looks like here yet. Sigh! Picture above shows us just leaving Marilla Trailhead where the terrain is quite flat. Our trail club, the Spirit of the Woods Chapter of the North Country Trail Association, hikes once a month and we also maintain 80 miles of trail.
Soon the trail is following a bench on a bluff high above the Manistee River. Sometimes it's nice to hike when the leaves are off the trees because you have better views than you get through the foliage. This wonderful body of water is Hodenpyl Dam Pond just upstream from this site. Recent trail building by the trail club (NCTA Chapter) just north of ours has made new NCT along its shore.
As we leave the view of the pond behind there are glimpses of the river in the valley below. Here, some of our hikers enjoy the view.
We continued on the NCT till we reached the bridge over Eddington Creek, one of our favorite places on our section of trail. Last fall a work crew spent 14 hours making repairs to the bridge supports after bad flooding in the summer severely damaged the bridge.
After reaching Eddington Bridge, we turned around and took a different fork, following an old railroad bed. Here the Manistee River makes a great horseshoe bend, similar to (although a bit less spectacular than the one on the Genesee River in New York). The water is flowing left to right.
This was our final destination for the day. This is the second largest suspension bridge in Michigan. Of course the biggest is the Mackinac Bridge that connects the two peninsulas! This is a foot trail bridge, but it's pretty impressive. It was built cooperatively by the Manistee National Forest and Consumers Energy. It carries foot traffic across the Manistee River from the North Country Trail to the Manistee River Trail, a popular weekend backpacking loop.
The morning was pretty chilly- we all started with jackets and gloves. But by the time we were finished it was near 50 degrees, and sunny. It was a great day! Sometimes we have quite a few hikers like today, and other times not so many. But we always have a great time.
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|Hiked 3.25 miles with 35 pounds. |
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