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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan – Volunteer Vacations 2022

June 5 - June 11

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The Beaver Basin Wilderness includes 13 miles of stunning Lake Superior shoreline from Spray Falls on the west to Sevenmile Creek on the east. The Beaver Basin Wilderness offers opportunities for quiet, solitude, wilderness recreation, and spiritual renewal. The wilderness zone includes 8.4 miles of the North Country National Scenic Trail and 8.5 miles of connector trails as well as six backcountry campsites. American Hiking Society Volunteers will assist with the annual trail clearance project to clear and rehab trails, remove and replace boardwalks, and build different types of trail assets. Hand tools such as shovels, loppers, grub hoes, and other tools will be used. The goal is to open up and get the trails in shape for the summer hiking season. Unlike any other place on Lake Superior, Pictured Rocks offers the opportunity to explore miles of pristine beaches, hike nearly 100 miles of trails, view towering sandstone cliffs, and experience the serenity of northern woodlands.

AHS acknowledges with gratitude that this project takes place on the traditional lands of the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ and Anishinabewaki ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᐗᑭ peoples past and present. We honor the land itself, the Indigenous communities who have stewarded this land for generations, and those who continue to steward these lands today. AHS invites all volunteers to join us in our commitment to support and amplify the work of Indigenous communities as they work to dismantle the systems of oppression that these communities continue to face today.

Organizer

National Park Service

Accommodations

Car Camping Tent Sites

Hiking/Access

Day hiking up to 3 miles each work day.

Project Rating

Moderate

Minimum Volunteer Age

16

Maximum Group Size

12

Area and Attractions

Wow, what an incredible place! Pictured Rocks offers towering multicolored sandstone cliffs, miles of sparkling beaches, dashing waterfalls, huge sand dunes, inland lakes and streams, deep green forests... and it's all yours to explore! Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is managed by the National Park Service, and it was the first of the nation's four national lakeshores to be established (in 1966). The lakeshore includes some 15 miles of cliffs along its 42-mile length. Within the park, nearly 100 miles of trail lead to remote trout streams, hidden bogs, wild Lake Superior beaches, and a system of 14 backcountry campsites. The park is open year-round and is truly a four-season recreation destination with hiking, canoeing, kayaking, sightseeing, birding, backcountry and drive-in camping, fall color viewing, winter ice climbing, ice fishing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing... the list goes on! This long narrow park, which is about the size of five Manhattan Islands, also contains a great deal of human history. Historic resources include an 1874 lighthouse, early U.S. Coast Guard artifacts, logging chute area, old farmsteads, and a Civil War era iron blast furnace site.

Accommodations Description

Volunteers will stay at Little Beaver Campground with a picnic table, fire ring with grill grate, and tent pad. The campgrounds have vault toilets and well water. Volunteers need to supply their own tent and personal camping gear including sleeping bag, towels, and personal cup/bowl/mug/eating utensils. Please contact volunteer@americanhiking.org for assistance with gear needs.

Travel

Sawyer International Airport in Marquette, MI is the closest major airport. Airport pick up and drop off is available for volunteers and will be arranged upon confirmation of the trip.

Venue

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Maintenance Building E9758 Co. Rd H-58, Munising, MI 49862 United States + Google Map
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