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09-20-2013 02:01 PM
kinkaid I've backpacked the whisker lake wilderness in Florence wi, rugged trails and several small lakes to fish for gills, bass, perch , also brule river runs through area... Manistee river trail has a good loop along river in Michigan, both about 6 hour drives. Try meetup.com for Chicago suburban backpackers group, lots of info and destinations.
04-09-2013 02:38 PM
River Wader
Re: Who Backpacks?

the Porkies... I'm pretty sure I want my ashes scattered there. Love it.
The northcountrytrail I referenced in previous, goes through the Porkies as well...

I second whomever mentioned the KM in WI. very pretty, and the terrain's varied enough to make hiking fun.
I've spent a little time in the northern section near West Bend.
04-06-2013 09:15 PM
CHIDJM
Re: Who Backpacks?

Quote:
Originally Posted by scooby105
There are a few places to backpack in Illinois. They're not necessarily good, but they're there.

http://dnr.state.il.us/Lands/landmgt/parks/R4/sand.htm Sand Ridge State Forest has some backpacking. I backpacked there a few years ago. It's not that great, but it's a backpacking option.

http://www.vccd.org/recreation.htmlForest Glen Preserve in Vermillion County has backpacking. I've never backpacked there, but I have wanted to.

http://www.lakeshelbyville.com/recreation.htmYou can also backpack the Chief Illini Trail at Lake Shelbyville. It's an 11 mile trail.

http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/parks/i&m/main.htmYou can backpack the I&M Canal too.

There is lots of backpacking available in the Shawnee National Forest too.

Outside of Illinois, but still close, there is the Kettle Moraine Forest (and Ice Age Trail) in Wisconsin, Hoosier National Forest in Indiana, and a handful of backpacking loops at the Missouri State Parks along with the Ozarks.
AWESOME. Thanks for the info, and welcome to the site

Labman, maybe I'll see you on the R&R? I'll have a rod, no matter where we meet. Talked a friend' friend who did 1K on the AT last year, N to S, and he sais going that way, you have a shelter spot every night, just the way you line up with the N-bound hikers. Good luck.


Hhaha Nitebite, I'm not sure it's the walking keeping their weight down
04-05-2013 10:50 PM
Nitebite
Re: Who Backpacks?

The only backpacking I see locally are the Meth Heads cooking up stuff in the forest preserves, I guess they must be in pretty good shape cuz none of them are over weight.
04-04-2013 12:40 PM
labman
Re: Who Backpacks?

My wife and I are planning on doing the R2R trail later this year. We chose it for conditioning for an AT trip next year. We may start on the rough end up north. We first have to get past the BWCA canoe camping trip in late May of this year.
Speaking of the BWCA, there are a few hiking trails up there too.
The Porkies are very nice to hike as well.
Did the honeymoon up der in da UP last September.
The Huron mountains in the UP are an option too.
04-04-2013 08:11 AM
scooby105
Re: Who Backpacks?

There are a few places to backpack in Illinois. They're not necessarily good, but they're there.

http://dnr.state.il.us/Lands/landmgt/parks/R4/sand.htm Sand Ridge State Forest has some backpacking. I backpacked there a few years ago. It's not that great, but it's a backpacking option.

http://www.vccd.org/recreation.htmlForest Glen Preserve in Vermillion County has backpacking. I've never backpacked there, but I have wanted to.

http://www.lakeshelbyville.com/recreation.htmYou can also backpack the Chief Illini Trail at Lake Shelbyville. It's an 11 mile trail.

http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/parks/i&m/main.htmYou can backpack the I&M Canal too.

There is lots of backpacking available in the Shawnee National Forest too.

Outside of Illinois, but still close, there is the Kettle Moraine Forest (and Ice Age Trail) in Wisconsin, Hoosier National Forest in Indiana, and a handful of backpacking loops at the Missouri State Parks along with the Ozarks.
04-02-2013 11:54 AM
River Wader
Re: Who Backpacks?

I definitely did not hike it in the winter.
That would have... sucked, I think.

Done more of MI-2 than I realized, also pieces in MI-4 and MI-14.

I'm not sure, but I'm guessing the trail, while technically in existence, is 2 parts reality, one part wishful thinking in some spots.
A lot of it, especially in the lower peninsula, seems to be in populated areas.
04-02-2013 09:41 AM
CHIDJM
Re: Who Backpacks?

Quote:
Originally Posted by River Wader
I've day hiked short stretches of this one, a couple different places in MI.

http://northcountrytrail.org/trail/

Stretches from NY to ND. with a large swath through various midwestern states.

That is a sick trail, I've never heard of it before. Expert mode: Winter. Thanks for the heads up!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Karl Outdoors
been a few years but spent 28 days in Alaska with 14-straight in denali. one of the best trips of my life. Saw some dangerous behavior by some ill prepared teens from madison wi. Essentially save these kids from killing themselves by being careless. My wife doesnt care for it at all. Im lucky if I can get her to go car camping. Im thinking of a trip in june if my nephew come to town. Maybe Porkies in the U.P.
28 days in Alaska? That's incredible. I just went to the UP this past summer for the first time, and loved it. I'll be back there, for sure, when I can.
04-01-2013 08:19 PM
Karl Outdoors
Re: Who Backpacks?

been a few years but spent 28 days in Alaska with 14-straight in denali. one of the best trips of my life. Saw some dangerous behavior by some ill prepared teens from madison wi. Essentially save these kids from killing themselves by being careless. My wife doesnt care for it at all. Im lucky if I can get her to go car camping. Im thinking of a trip in june if my nephew come to town. Maybe Porkies in the U.P.
04-01-2013 03:01 PM
River Wader
Re: Who Backpacks?

train in high altitude, where air's thin, and everywhere else is easier.
Probably why CO is harder than a lot of other hikes.

I've day hiked short stretches of this one, a couple different places in MI.

http://northcountrytrail.org/trail/

Stretches from NY to ND. with a large swath through various midwestern states.
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