North Country Trail Day Hike: Pittsford, Michigan

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Published on August 3, 2016

In this video I take a couple of my students on a day hike on the North County National Scenic Trail through the Lost Nations State Game Area in Pittsford, Michigan. The North Country Trail is a 4600 mile trail system that spans from North Dakota all the way through Michigan and eventually on over to upstate New York. The stretch we hiked was the last public land that the NCT wanders through in Michigan before heading on into Ohio.

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This is an outdoors gem in southern Michigan that is mostly utilized during deer hunting seasons. Otherwise it offers beautiful scenery for day hikers and people who just love the outdoors. Speaking of deer hunting, it is highly suggested that you wear bright orange in this place during deer hunting season as deer hunting is a religion in these parts and Lost Nations tends to be a deer hunting Mecca.

In this video you will get an idea of what to expect if you should decide to hike this area some time. We started off at 41° 51.9216 N 84° 31.8357 W and proceeded on the NCT to 41° 49.6319 N 84° 28.4148 W. Following the NCT from these two points, the trail is only about 6.5 miles. This area is home to all kinds of wildlife and makes for a beautiful hike year round.

In this area, the St. Joseph of the Maumee River has its origins and eventually merges into the main branch of the Maumee River in Ohio. This, in turn, eventually empties into Lake Erie in Toledo, Ohio. In Lost Nations, the DNR annually stocks portions of it with brown trout and it was here that I caught my first trout although I would not recommend trying to fly fish here.

From September through May, primitive camping permits can be obtained from a DNR office in Michigan if you really want to rough it in here some time. Winter camping in this area is amazing as you will undoubtedly experience blissful isolation from the civilized world without being too far from it.

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  1. send me a message or email when you know when you are going to be there and I can give you fairly detailed directions.

  2. Id like to know, I plan to visit there real soon.

  3. Nice video. Its always fun to take kids out into the outdoors. Keep up the good work.

  4. I love to witness hiking in the absolute beauty of God's nature. I hope to watch more of your you tube presentations. Thanks for your effort!

  5. @evangoodlock1 Thanks for the suggestion. Originally it was in the plan to hit up Silas Doty Cave, but one of the boys began breaking down as this was a first for him. This hike also served as a "test" for those I was going to take on an extended backpacking trip. By the time we got to the cave's location, he was done and couldn't get out of there fast enough. Neat place though. If you head over to my website I have a picture of my daughter inside of the cave from back in June.

  6. You should have shown Silas Doty Caves and the top of the Gravel Pitts, both are just a few hundred feet from the trail. If you want to know how to get to them let me know, I can tell you how to get there.

  7. Growing up here I wouldn't have thought much of it, but as I grow older, I am continually amazed at how much natural beauty there is all around us here.

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