Solo hiked a new 7-mile section of the North Country Trail yesterday, thankfully, Robert agreed to be my spotter so I didn’t have to do an ‘out-and-back’ trip. Decided on the Fife Lake Area which is about 15 miles south of Kalkaska. I noticed on my map that it went through a couple of campgrounds and alongside a couple of lakes, so I figured my photo opportunities would be good.
The weather was forecast to be in the high 80’s with windy conditions, so I thought that if I got an early start, I’d be done before the hottest part of the day arrived. Hit the trailhead at 9:30 am and unfortunately, I had left my bug head net at home. I use it so frequently while working in my yard/gardens, that I surprised myself that I had neglected to put it in my pack. Needless to say, the biting little gnats were pretty intense, but thankfully, the mosquitoes heeded my bug spray!
The trail crossed and merged with numerous ATV trails, and also the Shore-to-Shore horseback trail, so thankfully, the North Country Trail is marked very well.
View of Spring Lake from the boat launch at the campground. Very nice and quiet lake.
Looking west at Headquarters Lake. The wind had started to pick up, which felt great as the temperature was steadily rising.
Something about a trail through the woods just makes me say “Aaaaaahhhh”.
Came around a bend and here was this wonderful bench. Thank you to whomever put it there. It was nice to sit and take a break, and enjoy the views.
I couldn’t believe how tall these ferns were, over three-feet tall!
We’ve had some intense wind storms this spring and I have a feeling that one of them toppled this huge pine.
These ‘stump-chairs’ were provided by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club. Thank-you! They sit quite comfortably!
Met back up with Robert at 1:15 pm then drove a few miles south on US-131 to a road-side park and had a nice picnic lunch. I was also able to clean-up a bit thanks to an old hand pump well, before the 1 and 1/2 hour trip home.
It was a great hike and I look forward to my next one.