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Backpacker Magazine – May 2002

Out Of Sight: Hiking Michigan's Trap Hills

In Michigan's Trap Hills, you'll find space to wonder and wonder, and quiet rock outcrops with panoramas so wide you'll be blinking in disbelief.

by: Eric Hansen

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Getting there: From Bergland, Michigan, at the north end of Lake Gogebic, drive 10 miles north on M-64, then 4.5 miles south on old M-64 to the Gogebic Ridge Trail.

Trails: The author's 28-mile hike started at the Gogebic Ridge Trail on old M-64, turned a half-mile east to the North Country Trail (NCT), and followed that path east to Old Victoria (a restored historic mining village that features an Adirondack-style trail shelter). Some of the western segments of this section of the NCT are faint, but navigable thanks to blue diamond markers. Shuttle rides: Ontran, (906) 884-2006; check for availability.

Guides: The best source around is the Web site of the Peter Wolfe Chapter of the North Country Trail Association (www.northcountrytrail. org/pwf/). It features topographical trail maps, elevation profiles, trail notes, conditions, water sources, and phenology. USGS quads include Bergland NE, Matchwood NW, Oak Bluff, and Rockland ($4.95).

Contact: Ottawa National Forest, (906) 932-1330;

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Tom Kurkowski
Aug 21, 2012

My daughter Lauren and I have been doing wildnerness canoe trips for several years - just the two of us. She's getting married next year so this was probably the last one for us two together. After meeting Eric a few years ago and buying his book it was clear he was in love with the Trap Hills. So yesterday we completed the western half of the hike. It was difficult but well worth it! We saw no one else, but all the critters mentioned in the above article. Patti at Old Victoria was so friendly and knowledgeable about the area. This is well worth the effort.

Jul 13, 2008

To celebrate our 20th anniversary, my wife and I will be hiking the Trap Hills this year.

Interesting - none the outdoorsy types that I talk to have heard of Trap Hills. Not even work colleagues who went to school at Michigan Tech.

Jun 23, 2008

Inspiring article! Makes me wish I could go NOW!


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