This course is eligible for our "Better with Friends" rebate! After more than 6 people have signed up, every participant has the potential to get a rebate of $35 or more. We recommend that you reserve your space with a deposit as the final price may be lower to reflect this benefit. Curious about this? Read more!
Come explore one of the best spots that the porcupine mountains has to offer with the Switchback crew! Backpackers of all experience levels are welcome for this course. We will cover many of the foundations of backpacking skills while hiking an average of 7 miles a day.
The Gist: 19 miles in 3 days on trail. One awesome car camping night and one night in a plush vacation rental. This course includes all trail food, transportation, site and lodging fees, and training from two awesome leaders. Guests should plan on bringing cash for food during the driving days, and for one meal out on the final day of the hike. Gear rental is available, see details below! Registration is open until July 26th.
Itinerary: (may change slightly due to weather or trail conditions)
August 16: Shakedown at Switchback at 3pm.
August 19:Assemble at Switchback at 7 am and load up in the van for an epic 9 hour road trip. Spend the night near the Porcupine mountains.
August 20:We will spend the morning eating a yummy breakfast, drinking coffee, and covering our plan for the following days. By lunchtime we will hit the trail for a 3 mile hike to our first site.
August 21:Trail Day! we will cover about 8 miles of trail. All while enjoying good food, great views, and awesome company.
August 22: Our last day on trail will consist of about 5 miles of trail before we head to a vacation cabin to celebrate a hike well done.
August 23:We will load up the van once again, filled with stories and road trip snacks. Estimated return time in Grand Rapids: 7pm.
This course has a minimum participant requirement of 6 people. Ages 18 and up are welcome.