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Saturday January 31, 2015  
10:00 am Hiking Nichols Arboretum in Its Winter Wonder.
Hike in and out of the Huron River basin to enjoy the wonders of Nichols Arboretum in Ann Arbor. A 5 mile hike at a moderate pace, but with the challenge of hills. Meet at 10am in Northville in the MDOT parking lot on the 8 Mi side of Meijer's, s.w. corner of 8 Mi and Haggerty. (To meet at Arboretum, park at U of M parking lot 29, below where the hospital heliport is, at 10:45). Leader: Diane, 734-718-5845C. (more)

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Saturday February 7, 2015  
10:00 am Hike on Belle Isle
Friends of the Detroit River will be hosting their annual 'Shiver on the River' event at Belle Isle Casino today. This celebrates outdoor activities, visits to the island Coast Guard, and activities that F.O.D.R. does. Join Sierra Club from 10am to 11am for a short hike and/or snowshoe around the island. We might stop in the Conservatory to warm up in the desert plant rooms. Meet on the front steps of the Casino, or at the Sierra Club table inside. Leader: Melissa Damaschke, 248-990-1688-C (more)

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Sunday February 8, 2015  
1:00 pm Bald Mountain-South State Rec. Area Hike
Hike 5-6 moderately-paced miles over wooded, rolling terrain, enjoying our brisk Michigan Winter. Sturdy shoes suggested for rocky sections/roots. Meet in G-s Pizza parking lot, NE corner of Greenshield and Lapeer Rds. (3 miles N of M-24 and Lapeer exit from I-75), and park in the eastern edge of the lot. Optional restaurant stop after at ( - you got it!) G-s Pizza!. Bonnie, 248-589-2251C (more)

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Sunday February 15, 2015  
1:00 pm Stony Creek Metropark XC Ski (Hike if no snow)
Ski the groomed trails at Stony Creek, ranging from the easy golf course trails to the more varied and wooded mountain bike trails. Rentals available at the ski center. Meet at the Ski Center at the golf course. Arrive by 12:30 if renting to be ready to ski by 1:00. Metropark fee required for entry. Optional restaurant stop after at the Stony Creek Roadhouse. No snow? We will meet at the West Branch picnic area parking lot B, for a 5 mile hike. See maps. Leader: Bruce Coppola 586-260-4840-C (more)

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Saturday February 21, 2015  
11:00 am Maybury State Park Hike.
We will enjoy the rolling hills, mature beech and oak woodlands and the historic TB sanatorium sites as we hike 3-4 miles at a moderate pace. Hike goes snow or shine, dress accordingly. Meet at the park concession bldg., Eight Mile Rd. entrance, 1.5 miles west of Beck Rd. (and Northville), 5 miles west of I-275. Optional restaurant stop after. Tom Griebe, 248-349-8782H. (more)

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Sunday February 22, 2015  
10:00 am Explore Brighton State Rec. Area Equestrian Trails
We will explore the equestrian trails of Brighton State Rec Area. The trails are hilly, we will be hiking 5 miles at a moderate pace. More miles depend on trail condition. Enjoy the wonders of the woods in winter and identifying non-horse animal tracks along the hike. Hike should begin about 11 am. Leaders: Joe O'dell and Diane, 734-718-5845C. ? Contact Diane. Meet: 10am in Southfield at Tel-12 Mall, S.E. corner of Telegraph and 12 Mile Rd. Park facing Telegraph, S. of the Marathon station. (more)

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Saturday February 28, 2015  
9:30 am Pointe Pelee (Canada) Ice Pile Hike
Last year the snow and ice were piled high along the shore here, lets go hike about 6 miles of trails and shore to see this natural event. 45 minute drive east of Windsor. Bring Passport, bridge toll, park entry fee, and meet behind the Southfield Library (Evergreen Rd. South of 11 Mile, East side) follow the drive East PAST the library, curve right, and park in front of the Parks and Rec. Bldg. (see the attached map). Cindy Gunnip, 248-336-2984-H, on day of hike, 248-259-4138-C (more)

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Sunday March 1, 2015  
10:00 am Ski Huron Meadows M.P.
If March came in like a lion, we will have one last ski on the well groomed trails at this MetroPark near Brighton. There are ski rentals in the golf shop bldg. If no snow, bring hiking boots, and we will hike the ski trails, nature trails and search for signs of spring in the sunny spots. Possible resident bluebird sightings. Bring trail snacks, water. Meet in Northville, SW corner of 8 Mile and Haggerty, in the MDOT parking lot on the 8 Mi. side of Meijer's. Joanne Cantoni, 248-932-5370. (more)

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Saturday March 7, 2015  
11:00 am Pontiac Lake State Park Hike
We will hike 4-5 miles in this park that we have not visited since last year. Woods, meadows, rolling hills and, hopefully, instead of snow and ice, some skunk cabbage, our earliest harbinger of spring. Many of the hills we will hike face the south, and might have spring warmth on them. Optional restaurant stop after. Meet at 11am in Bloomfield Township in the Costco parking lot near McDonalds on Telegraph (east side) north of Square Lake Rd. Leader: Joanne Cantoni, 248-932-5370 (more)

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Sunday March 8, 2015  
1:00 pm Hike the Canton Lower Rouge Trail
Enjoy a leisurely hike to start March off along the Canton linear trail system that follows the Lower Rouge River. Choose between a 3 mile or 6 mile hike. The wide trails weave in and out, crossing the river 7 times (on bridges). There is a carved totem to study midway and several spots with benches. Optional restaurant stop after. Leader: Diane, 734-718-5845C. Meet: 10am at the trailhead: From I-275, go west on Michigan Ave. 1.5 miles. Turn north onto Morton Taylor Road, left into parking lot. (more)

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Saturday March 14, 2015  
11:00 am Proud Lake Hike
Hike about 5 miles at a moderate pace in this level, wooded park along the Huron River. We will cross the river to access the trails on the far side, and stop on the bridge to see if the trout are hanging out near the weir. Interesting bogs and river views with chance for skunk cabbage sightings. Bring water & boots; goes rain or shine. Optional restaurant stop after. From I-96 exit 159, follow Wixom Rd. N. 7 miles; turn at ranger station, park in lot 300 ft. past it. Tom Griebe 248-349-8782-H (more)

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Sunday March 22, 2015  
10:00 am Phils Mud and Moosetracks Hike
Sometimes on Phils birthday hikes, there are icy trails, sometimes there is mud, and moosetracks. We will hike the hilly Maybury State Park trails through thick forests, around ponds and creeks, overlooking meadows, for a 5 mile moderate paced hike. Possible mud on trails. Meet at the park concession bldg, Eight Mile Rd. entrance, 1-1/2 miles west of Beck Rd. (and Northville); 5 miles west of I-275. Restaurant stop after (thats where the moosetracks ice cream will be). Phil, 248-797-2885-C (more)

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Saturday March 28, 2015  
1:00 pm Stony Creek MetroPark Hike
Hike the woods, meadows and rolling nature trails adjacent to the Nature Center. We will hike about 4-5 moderately-paced miles, depending on trail conditions. 'Natural History' stops are likely for things of interest. Meet at 1pm in the Stony Creek Nature Center parking lot. Call if weather is ? Optional restaurant stop at Stony Creek Roadhouse after. Bonnie, 248-589-2251-C. (more)

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Sunday March 29, 2015  
12:00 pm Kensington Winter 5 Mile Loop Hike
This might be the best Metropark to see if 'Spring Is Just Around The Corner'. We will take the hilly Nature Trails for a 5 Mile loop. Deer are usually seen on this trail, and perhaps the Great Blue Herons will be standing in their nests. Meet in Southfield at Tel-12 Mall, S.E. corner of Telegraph and 12 Mile Rd. Park facing Telegraph, S. of the Marathon station. Restaurant stop after. Inge, 248-338-0906-H (more)

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Sunday April 12, 2015  
11:00 am Indian Springs Metro Park Hike
We will start at the Environmental Center for a 4-mile hike looking for the earliest Spring blooms of skunk cabbage, hepatica, bloodroot and other wildflowers. The ponds should have migrating ducks and cranes. We will do an easy pace. Bring boots, water and trail snacks. Meet in Bloomfield Township in the Costco parking lot near McDonalds on Telegraph (east side) north of Square Lake Rd. Optional restaurant stop after. Leader: John Herrgott 248-766-9575-C (more)

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Saturday April 18, 2015  
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 and late bluebirds. Meet 11am at the park concession bldg., 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. Tom Griebe, 248-349-8782-H (more)

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Saturday April 25, 2015  
9:00 am Potawatomi Trail, 12 Mile Hike
Lets give ourselves a good workout on this premier trail system, west of Ann Arbor. This spring hike is wooded and hilly, with lots of creek and lake sightings. We will go a brisk pace, with 2 snack breaks, plus your trail lunch at a remote campspot. Bring plenty of water, lunch, sunscreen and 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 10am at the trailhead at Silver Lake. Leader: Joanne Cogan, 805-551-5930-C (more)

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