Michigan Hiking Clubs

Michigan Hiking ClubsMany may not think of Michigan as a world-renowned hiking destination, but the state has much natural beauty, miles of trails and, as evidenced by the hiking clubs that have popped up over the last decade, thousands of outdoor enthusiasts. Though there are likely numerous small hiking groups around the state, these three are larger, organized groups that provide the opportunity for like-minded people to plan hikes as well as other outdoor activities with one another.

Metro Detroit Outdoors & Hiking (Sierra Club - S.E. Michigan)

The group has over 1,300 members and caters to anyone who enjoys being outdoors and active. There are about two to three hikes planned every month, 12 months a year. Most hikes are two to three hours in length and range from two to eight miles. Camping, canoeing and skiing events are also part of the scheduled adventures.

Michigan Adventurers Club

Based in Farmington, Mich., this club has had more than 400 meet-ups since it was founded in August 2007. This group is geared toward people mostly in their 20s and 30s and has, according to its website, more than 15,000 members to date. Dues are just $10 per year to join, and this club organizes hikes as well as other activities like canoeing, camping, yoga, rock climbing and mountain biking. This group provides a chance for those most likely living in a suburban area to get together with like-minded outdoor enthusiasts and get outside to seek adventure. The Pinckney Recreation Area, Mackinac Island and Hartwick Pines are just a few of the places you might find this group on a weekend.

Southeast Michigan Group

Also known as SEMG, this is a branch of the Sierra Club that represents Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and St. Clair counties in southeast Michigan. This program organizes hikes as well as outings for canoeing, backpacking, cross-country skiing, camping and birding, to name a few. Because it is with the Sierra Club, all participants are required to sign a waiver prior to the trip. It also asks for a dollar donation per person on day hikes to help offset committee expenses. Some areas where members are known to hike are in the Pinckney Recreation Area, Indian Springs Metro Park, Bald Mountain-South State Recreation Area, Waterloo Recreation Area, Maybury State Park and Isle Royal National Park. This hiking group leads hikes at all levels, from easy butterfly observation walks through the Detroit Zoo to intense, 10-day backpacking trips.

 

Article Written By Naomi Judd

Naomi M. Judd is a naturalist, artist and writer. Her work has been published in various literary journals, newspapers and websites. Judd holds a self-designed Bachelor of Arts in adventure writing from Plymouth State University and is earning a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine.

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