Tag Archives: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

How Can Anybody Oppose This Trail?

In the latest MichiganTrailMaps.com Trail Talk blog, we are again wondering why anybody would oppose a non-motorized trail that would link two of the most popular trails in Michigan; TART and the Little Traverse Wheelway. We suspect we’ll never understand. … Continue reading

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Too Much High Tech In The Woods

Let Google’s Street View Trekker hike the path for you? No thanks, we’ll pass even if it means we might get a blister on the back of our heel. In this Trail Talk blog we ponder when is so much … Continue reading

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Outhouses: Taking A Load Off Your Feet

A smelly outhouse? Not to Jim DuFresne. Our Trail Talk blogger loves what a privy provides in the middle of the backpacking trip; a roof over your head and a seat to take a load off your feet. MichiganTrailMaps.com has … Continue reading

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In Search of Wilderness Solitude

Recently the new Sleeping Bear Dunes Wilderness was officially designated but Jim DuFresne wonders in the latest MichiganTrailMaps.com Trail Talk blog; can a place that has been extensively logged and farmed, that is crisscrossed with new roads and old two-tracks, that was once … Continue reading

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Missouri Top Trails State! Show Me Why

Back by popular demand MichiganTrailMaps.com is staging its holiday sale again. Order a book and we’ll throw in one our trail maps, a $4.95 value! Order any book from our e-shop — maybe Isle Royale National Park: Foot Trails & … Continue reading

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Lending A Hand For A New Trail

There are new backpacking trails on the horizon for Michigan but they could use a helping hand in the planning and development of them. Read about them in the latest Trail Talk or check out other recent blogs at our … Continue reading

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A Trusted Friend: My Dana Backpack

For 25 years and around the world Jim DuFresne used his Dana Design backpack to carry what he needed to survive in the wilderness. Continue reading

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