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Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Mash-Up Trail Day

  All day was spent doing trail stuff, but there was a variety. First, I helped spot John, who is going to hike the whole Manistee National Forest. He left his car at Croton Dam, and then I took him to Hodenpyl Dam. He got a much later start than he had hoped. First, he got caught in a traffic jam coming here. Then, I did not realize the Manistee River Bridge on M-115 is closed. Yikes. We had to go all the way back to Coates Highway to get across the river. But eventually, there he was... ready to hike. Wish him well! hiker at trailhead

Then I spent some time on my ongoing trail signage project. There were two possible routes to where I wanted to go. Because I hadn't seen it for a while, I took the spur from the Marilla Trailhead. This used to be the main NCT. But when we got those lovely miles along Hodenpyl Dam Pond, this became just a spur to a trailhead. Nice deciduous forest. deciduous forest with ferns

There are some really nice vistas from this piece of trail. The Manistee River is down in the bottom. vista

Here's Briar Hill again. Highest point in the lower peninsula. vista with Briar Hill

My project involved checking the posts at the junction of the spur with the main trail. I was carrying the shovel, because there was supposed to be a Carsonite post a little farther on to remove. However, one of the 4x4 posts at the junction had broken off. Since I had the shovel, I re-buried it. It's just a little shorter now, but it's OK for a while.

Then I went on to remove that other post. It's no longer there. At least I sure couldn't find it, and I had the GPS coordinates. Anyway, I made it to Eddington Creek, so I knew I was past the location. Eddington Creek

And Eddington Creek bridge. Eddington Creek bridge

Turned around and went back. Then replaced the shot-up Carsonite post and all its stickers at Marilla Trailhead. By then it was 5:30. I decided to just come home. There's lots more to do up that way, but at least I did a little bit. Because most of what I hiked was on a spur trail, not much of my walking counts as NCT miles. But my total for the day was about 3 miles. Hardly a hike, but the day was about projects, not miles.

In other news: Believe it or not, I did manage to sneak in a load of laundry!

North Country Trail miles for 2021 is at 321.

North Country Trail, Manistee County, Marilla Trailhead to Eddington Creek and back. Total 3 miles

See Hodenpyl Dam in Winter


Ann said...

Best wishes to John on his hike. You had another day of accomplishing quite a lot

Sharkbytes said...

Ann- And I rewarded myself today!

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