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Porcupine Mountains State Park Cross Country Ski Trails – Silver City, MI

Four main and several smaller trails combine to form the 42 KM Nordic Trail System at the Porcupine Mountains State Park.

The cross country ski trails encircle the lift-served Alpine Ski Area with numerous scenic loops. Trails are track set with a power-tiller equipped groomer.

Warming huts are located along the Log Camp Loop and Union Spring Trails. Daily and season trail passes are available at the chalet and include a one-ride lift ticket to the summit.

Winter interpretive activities include guided snowshoe hike and lantern light skiing. Check at the chalet for scheduling.

Lantern Light Cross-Country Skiing: (Selected Saturdays During the Season) Old-fashioned kerosene lanterns illuminate the trail during this night ski. Lanterns are placed along the entire one-mile loop for a remarkable night skiing experience. Stop about halfway around the loop at the warming shelter where the park naturalist will have a blazing fire going. This trail has an “easy” difficulty rating; however, skiing at night is always a challenge.

This program may be canceled due to weather. To inquire about cancellations call (906) 885-5206.

All programs are free; however, all motor vehicles entering a Michigan state park or recreation area must display a valid Motor Vehicle Permit, available for purchase at the park entrance.

Porcupine Mountains Cross Country Ski Trail Map

Porcupine Mountains Nordic Ski Trails

Porcupine Mountains Yurts

Would you like a true winter wilderness experience? Try spending a winter night or two (or more) in the Porcupine Mountains in a yurt. Yurts are sturdy, tent-like structures, that originated in central Asia. The park’s three yurts will provide visitors with a snug, weather-tight shelter that is close to the park’s hiking, biking and cross-country ski trails.

Each of the 16-foot-diameter yurts are available year-round, will sleep four people and are equipped with bunk beds, mattresses, wood stove, axe, bow saw and cooking and eating utensils. Running water and electricity are not provided, but an outhouse is nearby and wood is provided for heat in the colder months.

The park’s yurts are accessed only by trail. The distance and degree of challenge required to reach them will vary with the season. The rental fee is $60 per night and there is an $8 reservation fee.

For reservations call 1-800-447-2757 or online at www.midnrreservations.com.

For additional information, contact Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park at (906) 885-5275, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information on Yurt Lodging in the Porkies click here.

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Mackinac Island Cross Country Skiing

Mackinac Island Cross Country Trails

The Mackinac Island Ski club grooms trails on the east and north side of the Island in Mackinac Island State Park.

The cross country ski trails wind through the pristine woods of Mackinac Island State Park and allow the winter visitor to see all of the natural and historical landmarks of the island.

You can follow the ski trails to the interior of the island and take in the vistas from the highest point on the island at Fort Holmes. Or ski through the woods to Arch Rock and enjoy the view of Lake Huron from the bluffs on the eastern side of the island.

Cross Country Ski Trails

Cross-Country Ski Rentals

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Here’s a collection of photos of Mackinac Island during the winter:

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Mackinac Island Photos – Instagram

Here are the latest photos of Mackinac Island via Instagram (hashtags #mackinac or #mackinacisland).

Do you have an instagram account? Tag your Mackinac Island instagram photos with #mackinac or #mackinacisland and they will appear here in our Mackinac Island Instagram Photo Stream.
 

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I’ve finally made it 🤩
♥️Mackinac Bridge 🌉
It was everything I’d hoped and more!
I LOVE bridges 🙋🏼‍♀️ that’s something about myself that I never knew before we started the life of travelling across America 🇺🇸

Y’all have to see this place! For real!

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It’s Friday y’all… Let’s dance!

Come at you from one of the most beautiful mountains I’ve ever seen in my life. One of the most beautiful ones I’ve ever met.

Greetings from Whistler Canada! 

I met Jen and her husband Jrod 2 years ago at a retreat in Bali… then we reconnected on a cruise in the Caribbean… then a beach town in Mexico… and now I flew across the country to visit them in Canada! So this song is PERFECT! Ain’t no mountain high enough… 

It’s hard to make really good friends the older you get… but sometimes magic strikes and you connect with people as if you’ve known them for years!! 

Thank you Jen, Jrod, Logan, and Brady for always welcoming me into your beautiful family!! 

You never know what amazing humans you’ll meet when you open up and share your stories! 

Friends go share a smile with someone today and see what happens! (And don’t forget to dance)

Love,
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It’s Friday y’all… Let’s dance!

Come at you from one of the most beautiful mountains I’ve ever seen in my life. One of the most beautiful ones I’ve ever met.

Greetings from Whistler Canada!

I met Jen and her husband Jrod 2 years ago at a retreat in Bali… then we reconnected on a cruise in the Caribbean… then a beach town in Mexico… and now I flew across the country to visit them in Canada! So this song is PERFECT! Ain’t no mountain high enough…

It’s hard to make really good friends the older you get… but sometimes magic strikes and you connect with people as if you’ve known them for years!!

Thank you Jen, Jrod, Logan, and Brady for always welcoming me into your beautiful family!!

You never know what amazing humans you’ll meet when you open up and share your stories!

Friends go share a smile with someone today and see what happens! (And don’t forget to dance)

Love,
A

#ANDREJKAPHOTOGRAPHY #canada #aintnomountain #MACKINAC #mackinacisland #NORTHERNMICHIGAN #michiganwedding #desitnationphotographer #digitalnomad #soulshinebali #soulrocker

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Mackinac Island is a beautiful place to visit. It’s even more spectacular during the lilac festival. My family and I had a great time. Enjoy the lilac photos I took.

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Step into timeless elegance at Grand Hotel’s latest masterpiece: the Woodfill Suite, designed by DorothyDraperCo ✨ Follow Rudy Saunders, Director of Design at Dorothy Draper & Co. as he describes the unique details of this suite and the inspiration from Stewart Woodfill’s life that went into their design. This suite boasts sleek lines, luxurious fabrics, and panoramic views of the Straits of Mackinac. Immerse yourself in history with a display of Mr. Woodfill’s iconic walking sticks, while the palette of blues, silvers, and white pays homage to Hollywood glamour and Mackinac Island’s charming cottages.

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Looking for a unique dining experience beyond the ordinary? Step into our grand timber-built castles and halls at Woods Restaurant for feasts and gatherings unlike any other. 🌲

Download the Mackinac Insider app today to earn points and redeem them for free food, drinks, activities and enjoy 15% off your first purchase at any of our participating locations.

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What if I told you... 
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Think about it:
 * Work remotely and explore on your own schedule.  Freelancing or remote work is booming, and many destinations cater specifically to the work-from-anywhere crowd.
 * Travel during the shoulder seasons. ✈️ Skip the peak crowds and sky-high prices. Embrace the shoulder seasons (spring and fall) for better deals and a more relaxed vibe.
 * Hit the road (or the rails)! Road trips and train journeys can be epic adventures in themselves. Plus, you get to experience the beauty of a place up close and personal. ️
But wait, there’s more!  We’re sharing our top budget-friendly travel hacks, hidden gem destinations, and eco-conscious adventure ideas all week long.  So buckle up, buttercup, and get ready to wanderlust without the worry.
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What if I told you...
traveling doesn’t have to break the bank (or the planet)? ✈️

**Tired of gas prices that make you want to cry? ** We feel you. But what if we told you there’s a whole world out there to explore, without the need to empty your savings account (or leave a giant carbon footprint)?

Here’s the tea: budget travel is totally possible in 2024, even with the travel industry going a little haywire. With some savvy planning and a sprinkle of “going with the flow,” you can still have those Instagram-worthy adventures without sacrificing your #financialgoals or Mother Earth. Sound good?

Think about it:
* Work remotely and explore on your own schedule. Freelancing or remote work is booming, and many destinations cater specifically to the work-from-anywhere crowd.
* Travel during the shoulder seasons. ✈️ Skip the peak crowds and sky-high prices. Embrace the shoulder seasons (spring and fall) for better deals and a more relaxed vibe.
* Hit the road (or the rails)! Road trips and train journeys can be epic adventures in themselves. Plus, you get to experience the beauty of a place up close and personal. ️
But wait, there’s more! We’re sharing our top budget-friendly travel hacks, hidden gem destinations, and eco-conscious adventure ideas all week long. So buckle up, buttercup, and get ready to wanderlust without the worry.
**Do you agree that budget travel is still possible in 2024?

Spill the tea in the comments and follow along for more travel inspo! **

#budgettravel #travelhacking #adventure #ecotravel #travelgram #instatravel #explore #wanderlust
#puremichigan #puremittigan #mackinawbridge #travelmi #mackinacisland
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Take a stroll with your friends downtown in style! Come into Mackinac Outfitter to match with your bestie:) Featuring our Champion Full Zip in Coco Butter & White, Champion Sweats in Coco Butter & Navy, and our Nantucket Red Dad Cap• 

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Take a stroll with your friends downtown in style! Come into Mackinac Outfitter to match with your bestie:) Featuring our Champion Full Zip in Coco Butter & White, Champion Sweats in Coco Butter & Navy, and our Nantucket Red Dad Cap•

#mackinacoutfitter #mackinacisland #mackinacislandmichigan #mackinacislandlife #puremichigan #mi #mainstreet #strolls #downtown #lilacfestival
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Messy first love situationship ✔️
Small town charm ✔️
Romanticizing & pop culture references ✔️
One Summer on Mackinac takes my favorite elements of all three and blends them into a teen romance novel that’s perfect to finish in a summer weekend. 

Now on Kindle Unlimited and in paperback! 
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Messy first love situationship ✔️
Small town charm ✔️
Romanticizing & pop culture references ✔️
One Summer on Mackinac takes my favorite elements of all three and blends them into a teen romance novel that’s perfect to finish in a summer weekend.

Now on Kindle Unlimited and in paperback!
#kindleunlimited #kindleunlimitedromance #yabooks #yaromance #summerreading #beachread #teenromance #teenbooks #summerbooks #romcombooks #quickread #mackinacisland
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Name a view that makes it feel like summer has arrived. I'll go first 🌊☀️
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Cross Country Skiing on Drummond Island

Rainbow TrailCross country skiers can enjoy outdoor beauty and serenity during the winter on groomed ski trails, catching glimpses of deer, fox, coyote, rabbits and a variety of birds who call Drummond Island their home.

Drummond Island Resort Trail

Drummond Island Resort grooms 15 miles of trails on our own private property for classic-style skiing. They also have top-of-the-line rental skis for adults and children that are available to our guests free of charge.

There’s also opportunities for snow shoeing during the winter. Drummond Island Resort has several sets of Iverson traditional-style snowshoes available for rent, but for guests they are free. There is no better way to see undisturbed winter scenes on the island than on a set of snowshoes. With a little cooperation outside, we hope to have a rink cleared behind The Lodge for skaters. Again, snowshoes and ice skates are available to our guests free of charge.

For more information visit the Drummond Island Resort website >>>>

Rainbow Trail

The Rainbow Trail was developed in 2002 by the Drummond Island Cross Country Club as a nature trail with groomed cross country skiing in the winter (only skiing, no snowshoeing) and walking, hiking and birding in the non winter seasons.

Located on state land on the west side of the Maxton Cross Road just south of Maxton Road, this trail is 5.0 miles long. Laid out over rolling terrain, through open spaces and hardwood forest, the main trail has a series of seven loops off of the “Main Street” and back to it again. There are three short trail segments that serve to interconnect the loops, making it easier to return to the trailhead for shorter excursions or provide variety for extended trips.

The trailhead is located on Maxton Cross Road, 0.2 miles south of the intersection of Maxton Cross Road and Maxton Road. Parking is available at the trailhead. Bathroom facilities are not available at the trail but are available at nearby Four Corners and The DI Resort and Conference Center.

For more information visit the Drummond Island Cross Country Club website >>>>

Heritage Trail

The Heritage Trail, located at the DI Township Park, is a hiking and snowshoe trail. It provides a unique experience for; birding, hiking or geocaching in the warmer months and snowshoeing, over terrain not suitable for skiing, in winter. Trail use is FREE.

The Lower Level leads you through beautiful woodlands to the Potagannissing shoreline. The Upper Levels wind along and up on to the top of unique limestone ledges and shallow caves.

There is a great variety of landscape for a trail of this size, (approximately 3 miles) and a drop of over 50 feet in elevation from the upper to the lower levels of the trail.

The majority of the trail can be hiked or snow shoed easily by the novice but the upper levels of the trail require some moderate ability to traverse very uneven terrain.

For more information visit the Drummond Island Cross Country Club website >>>>

Rainbow Trail – Photos





 
 

Crystal Mountain – Cross Country Skiing

Northern Michigan’s Cross-Country Skiing Destination

Looking for some of the best in northern Michigan cross-country skiing trails? Look no further than Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa. From gentle treks through the trees to the rolling terrain of our black diamond cross-country skiing trails, Crystal Mountain’s 40+km cross-country skiing trail network provides terrain for all ability levels, from novice to expert. We even have 4K lighted for night skiing.

Meticulously-groomed for both skating and traditional cross-country skiing, these picturesque northern Michigan cross-country skiing trails were rated #1 in Michigan by Michigan Living magazine readers. Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa… your northern Michigan cross-country skiing vacation starts here.

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Crystal is Northern Michigan’s only Fisher Key Nordic Center

Visit Crystal Mountain Website >>>>

 
 
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