Hickory Ridge Hike & Ski Trail is Open!

What an amazing turnout, as about 65 hikers came out to Island Lake Recreation Area to celebrate the opening of the Friends Foot Trail, our new five mile hiking only trail (CC skiing and snow shoeing in winter). The sun came out for the first time in what seems like weeks and our group enjoyed a great hike. The new trail is a project of the Friends of Island Lake State Recreation Area in partnership with the Crossroads Group Sierra Club, REI, and Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Many hundreds of hours of volunteer time took what in early June was thick scrub and woods and turned it into high quality trail. Nice job all! Today’s hike was led by the Crossroads Group Sierra Club, and many REI employees, members and customers came to check out the new trail. Thanks to all! If you took pictures today or at any time in the project, please send them to me at trails@islandlakefriends.org so that we may have as many pictures as possible as we put together a recap of the great work that was done. Feel free to also post pics with the hashtag #islandlakefriends

Here is the trail map:


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