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Sunday February 14, 2016  
12:00 pm West Bloomfield Valentine Two Preserves Hike.
Letís get two-for-one for Valentines Day; we will walk the hilly nature trails at West Bloomfield Nature Preserve, then walk the rails to trails path to the pond overlook, and down to the Orchard Lake Preserve. This will be a 5 mile walk at a moderate pace, with stops to look for winter animals along the way. Restaurant stop after. Meet at noon in Bloomfield Township in the Costco parking lot near McDonalds on Telegraph (east side) north of Square Lake Rd. Inge, 248-338-0906H. (more)

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Saturday February 20, 2016  
11:00 am X-C Ski at Independence Oaks MetroPark (hike if no snow)
Weíll do 3-5 miles depending on the ability level of the group. The park offers a range of terrain from flat around the lake to challenging on the ridges west of the lake. Meet in Bloomfield Hills behind the CVS pharmacy on the S.E. corner of Woodward & Square Lake Rd. (northeast end of lot). Leader: Elaine Danas, 248-632-7974C. (more)

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Sunday February 21, 2016  
11:00 am Hike Seven Lakes State Park (snowshoe if there is snow)
This park near Fenton is about the closest you can get to Up North winter hiking around here. We will do a moderately challenging, hilly hike in this lovely park (2-3 hours). If there is enough snow, (more than 4Ē) bring your snowshoes if you have them. Yak Trax or other traction devices recommended if just hiking. Meet in Bloomfield Twp. behind the CVS pharmacy on the S.E. corner of Woodward & Square Lake Rd. Optional restaurant stop after. Leader: Bruce Coppola, 586-260-4840C. (more)

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Saturday February 27, 2016  
11:00 am X-C Ski Stony Creek MetroPark (hike if no snow)
Enjoy 2-2 Ĺ hours of skiing at a moderate pace (slow to moderate paced hiking if no snow) in this rolling, wooded park with groomed trails. Optional restaurant stop after. Meet in Sterling Heights at Metro Pkway (16 Mile Rd) and Van Dyke, (south east corner) west edge of Meijerís parking lot, behind/East of the Sonic Drive In. Joanne Cantoni, 248-932-5370H. (more)

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Sunday February 28, 2016  
12:00 pm Proud Lake State Park Winter Hike
Enjoy a moderately paced, 5-mile hike through several interesting habitats. We will see fall vegetation sticking through the frozen marshes, and animal tracks in the snow. Hike goes rain or shine so dress accordingly. Meet at Proud Lake State Park: From I-96 Ė take exit 159, follow Wixom Rd. N. 7 miles, follow park signs to trailhead parking lot east of ranger station. Optional restaurant stop after. Leader: Tom Griebe, 248- 417-2097C. (more)

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Sunday March 6, 2016  
12:00 pm Kensington Metropark 5 mile Hike
We will start at the Nature Center, and take all the nature trails from there, over hilly terrain, for a moderately paced 5 mile hike. This is the season for returning BIG bird life, so we will scan for the Great Blue Herons, Egrets, Sandhill Cranes and Black Capped Chickadees. Well, maybe the chickadees are not BIG. Meet in Southfield at Tel-12 Mall, S.E. corner of Telegraph and 12 Mile Rd. Park facing Telegraph, S. of the Marathon station. Optional restaurant stop after. Inge; 248-338-0906H. (more)

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Saturday March 12, 2016  
11:00 am Morning Hike at Maybury State Park.
Dress in layers for a moderately paced 3 mile hike through some of the less traveled parts of this rolling park, over wooded and meadow trails with an eye out for early wildflowers. Meet at the park Trailhead Shelter, Eight Mile Rd. entrance, 1-1/2 miles west of Beck Rd. (and Northville), 5 miles west of I-275. Trip goes rain or shine. Optional restaurant stop after the hike. Leader: Tom Griebe, 248-417-2097C. (more)

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Sunday March 20, 2016  
11:00 am Indian Springs Metro Park Hike.
Itís the Equinox. Let us celebrate the arrival of Spring by looking for the earliest wildflowers and birds on this 4.5 mile easy hike. Bring boots, water and trail snacks. Optional restaurant stop afterwards. Meet in Bloomfield Township in the Costco parking lot behind McDonalds on Telegraph (east side) north of Square Lake Rd. OR at the park environmental center at 11:45am. Leader: John Herrgott, 248-766-9575C. (more)

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Saturday March 26, 2016  
11:00 am Hike Holly State Recreation Area.
Weíll hike 3 easy to moderate paced miles along the edges of Wildwood Lake and Valley Lake and maybe spot and ID some of the earliest wildflowers. Mostly level, wooded terrain with a long stairway down to the lakeís edge (which may be muddy this time of year). Optional restaurant stop after. Meet in Bloomfield Twp. behind the CVS pharmacy on the S.E. corner of Woodward & Square Lake Rd. (northeast end of lot). Joanne Cantoni, 248-932-5370H. (more)

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Saturday April 9, 2016  
7:00 am Fife Lake and North Country Trail Backpack.
Fife Lake and the North Country Trail, S.E. of Traverse City. This will be a 21 mile loop trail over 2 days. Trail offers scenic views, serenity of the forest, streams to cross and Manistee River overlooks. Fife Lake Village is now a Trail Town, nice to stop in for a rest. It is a perfect sized loop for the weekend. DRIVE UP FRIDAY, RETURN ON SUNDAY. Must have backpacking experience. If interested please email me for complete details. ewarosz@yahoo.com (more)

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Sunday April 10, 2016  
11:00 am 5 Mile Hike in Brighton Rec. Area
We will head to the Brighton area for a 5 mile moderately paced hike in Brighton State Rec. Area. We should see the greening of spring, and some early wildflowers blooming. The vistas of this hilly park are awesome. Wear hiking boots, bring water and trail snacks. Meet in Southfield at Tel-12 Mall, S.E. corner of Telegraph and 12 Mile Rd. Park facing Telegraph, S. of the Marathon station. Or meet at Noon, at the trailhead in the park. Optional lunch stop after. Leader: Mike Scanlon, 313-884-2214 (more)

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Saturday April 16, 2016  
8:30 am Potowatomi Trail Hike at Pinckney State Rec. Area.
This advanced hike is 9.3 miles long, hilly, wooded, full of lakes and streams. Bring a BIG trail lunch and LOTS of water, clothing layers for the weather. This trail is considered the most scenic hike in the Pinckney area. Meet 8:30am in Southfield at Tel-12 Mall, S.E. corner of Telegraph and 12 Mile Rd. Park facing Telegraph, S. of the Marathon station OR call Leader if meeting at 9:20 at the Silver Lake Beach trailhead. Leader; Joanne Cogan, 805-551-5930. joannecogan@netpipeline.net (more)

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1:30 pm Bike Ride from Marysville to St. Clair
We will enjoy an easy ride along the St. Clair River on a paved trail, then look at Art-in-Public Places, then return via bike trail and residential streets. 12-15 miles RT. Meet: Míville Muni. Golf Course, 2080 River Rd., Míville. Judy L ju99dy@att.net, 810-364-5871H; on day of ride: 810-278-6594C. Directions: I-94 E to exit 266, Marysville. N on Gratiot to Huron Blvd, E to River Rd.; 1 mile S. to golf course parking lot. Restrooms, water available. Bike, Helmet req. Optional dinner after. (more)

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Sunday April 17, 2016  
11:00 am Seven Lakes State Park Hike
We will hike through prairie, deep woods and along the shoreline of 5 lakes looking for early wildflowers and migrating birds. We will hike at a moderate pace, so we can easily stop to look at nature. Bring boots, water and trail snacks. Optional restaurant stop afterwards. Meet in Bloomfield Township behind the CVS, SE corner of Woodward and Square Lake Road. Leader: John Herrgott 248-766-9575C. (more)

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Saturday April 23, 2016  
11:00 am Day after Earth Day Celebratory Hike.
WOW, another Earth Day full of promise. And I promise to show you the first signs of Wildflowers at Maybury State Park. We will hike sporadically slow, then brisk, depending on what we find to celebrate by stopping to look. About 4 miles of trails. AND we might get a glimpse of the resident Great Horned Owl. Meet at the park Trailhead bldg, Eight Mile Rd. entrance, 1-1/2 miles west of Beck Rd. (and Northville); 5 miles west of I-275. Optional restaurant stop after. Leader: Phil, 248-797-2885C (more)

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Saturday May 21, 2016  
7:00 am Jordan River/North Country Trail Backpack.
Jordan River Valley (near East Jordan, MI.) is an old growth forest and offers spectacular scenery, wildlife sightings, wildflowers in spring. We will be following the Jordan River trail, with overlooks. This will be an 18 mile loop, one overnight backpack. DRIVE UP FRIDAY, RETURN ON SUNDAY. Must have backpacking experience. If interested please email me for complete details. ewarosz@yahoo.com (more)

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Sunday May 22, 2016  
11:00 am Indian Springs Metro Park Hike.
Spring is well underway now and there will be much to see as we pass wetlands, climb into high prairies and descend into woods filled with vernal ponds. A 6 mile, moderately paced hike. Bring boots, water and trail snacks. Optional restaurant stop afterwards. Meet in Bloomfield Township in the Costco parking lot near McDonalds on Telegraph (east side) north of Square Lake Rd. Leader: John Herrgott 248-766-9575C. (more)

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Saturday June 4, 2016  
7:00 am Shingle Mills, High Country Pathway Backpack.
This short backpack trip will be in absolutely beautiful Pigeon River State Forest, East of Vanderbilt, home of the Michigan Elk herd. We might not see any of the Elk, but will certainly see much native flora and fauna. We will extend the 11 mile trail Shingle Mill backpack trail to 15 miles by hiking part of High Country Pathway. DRIVE UP FRIDAY, RETURN ON SUNDAY. Must have backpacking experience. If interested please email me for complete details. ewarosz@yahoo.com (more)

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Saturday July 16, 2016  
7:00 am Mason Track Pathway, Backpack and Paddle.
This will be a combination of hiking and kayaking. First hike 9 miles on the Mason Track trail, East of Grayling, with spectacular landscape, and looks at the native flora and fauna. Camp overnight, then kayak back on Sunday - on my favorite stretch of the AuSable River. You need to have your own kayak/canoe, PFD. DRIVE UP FRIDAY, RETURN ON SUNDAY. Must have backpacking and paddling experience. If interested please email me for complete details. ewarosz@yahoo.com Drive up Friday, Trip starts Saturday morning. (more)

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