17732
Wisconsin
Hike Northern Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula Gems
Hike the Northwoods region and canoe Silver Lake alongside naturalists, discovering diverse wildlife, unique geology and learning about forestry at an ecological study site.
Program No. 17732RJ
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7 days
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7 days
6 nights
16 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Eagle River, WI
D
Lodge at Trees For Tomorrow

Activity note: We will get to know each other over wine and snacks, dinner, and an orientation to Trees for Tomorrow.

Dinner: Social & Dinner - We will meet each other while enjoying local wine and snacks. This is normally an excellent time to do participant introductions. Dinner to follow at 5:30 PM.

Evening: Orientation - Participants will get an orientation to the facilities and an overview of the schedule.

DAY
2
Hike, Canoe Instruction & Paddle
Eagle River, WI
B,L,D
Lodge at Trees For Tomorrow

Activity note: We will hike on a historic CCC-built trail system that meanders through mixed forest types (2-5 mile hike with interpretive stops). In the afternoon and evening we will learn and practice canoe skills on two beautiful northwoods lakes.

Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:00 AM

Morning: Hike Anvil National Recreation Trail - This trail system was built with the help of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and is one of Wisconsin's first National Recreation Trails, trails that have local and regional significance. We will be hiking anywhere from 2 to 5 miles (with interpretive stops) on these gentle trails. The forests range from an older sugar maple, yellow birch, and eastern hemlock stands.

Lunch: 12:00 Lunch at TFT

Afternoon: Canoe Instruction and Silver Lake Paddle - We will learn a few paddling strokes and then canoe around a local lake. Vilas County is home to over 1300 lakes, so canoeing is a great way to explore why so many people visit this location! This lake is also home to one of the symbols of the Northwoods, the common loon. Be sure to bring your closed toed water shoes for this activity!

Dinner: Dinner at 5:30 PM

Evening: Evening Canoe at Baker/Tamarack Lake - An evening paddle is one of the best ways to see wildlife at a time when the temperatures begin to fall and the winds die down. Don't forget your closed toed shoes! If there is poor weather, we will provide an indoor naturalist program.

DAY
3
Hike, Bond Falls Waterfall Viewing, Bog Investigation
Eagle River, WI
B,L,D
Lodge at Trees For Tomorrow

Activity note: We will spend the day in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, beginning with a hike through Sylvania Wilderness in the morning (1-2 mile interpretive hike, off trail at times, and over varying terrain). Old growth forests and isolated lakes give a primitive, wild feel to the area. After a picnic lunch and stop to Ottawa National Forest Visitor Center, we will view majestic Bond Falls. In the evening, we will explore a bog, a very unique habitat common to the northwoods.

Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:00 AM

Morning: Hike Sylvania Wilderness - The pristine waters of Sylvania in combination with the old-growth forest is what led to the wilderness designation in 1987. Old growth forests are difficult to find in the cutover land (mid 1800s) of the Northwoods! We will have the chance to hike among 200 plus year old eastern hemlock, yellow birch, and sugar maple and see lakes without any shoreline development.

Lunch: Sack lunch on the shores of Clark Lake

Afternoon: Bond Falls Waterfall Viewing - Located a little further north into the upper peninsula of Michigan, Bond Falls is one of the most photographed waterfalls in the state. The backdrop of fall color provides spectacular photography and viewing opportunities. At some point during the day, we'll also stop at the Ottawa Visitor Center. They have excellent information on the Ottawa National Forest and Sylvania, along with exhibits and a gift shop.

Dinner: Dinner at 5:30 PM

Evening: Bog Investigation - Vilas County is home to over 1300 glacially created lakes. When conditions are right, certain plants begin to grow out into the lake. These plants form a dense root network that allow us to walk on them. The waterbed-like feel of a northern quaking bog is a memorable experience for many participants. While out there, we will examine the many unique plants that call this area home. The carnivorous pitcher plant, sphagnum moss, leatherleaf, labrador tea, black spruce and tamarack are some of the plants and trees we'll expect to see. (Rubber bog boots provided by TFT)

DAY
4
Hidden Lakes Trail, Luna Lake & White Deer Lake Loop
Eagle River, WI
B,L,D
Lodge at Trees For Tomorrow

Activity note: We will return to the Nicolet National Forest and explore a few additional trails. White Deer and Luna Lake loops (4 miles total) are true hidden gems of the Nicolet! After a picnic lunch on the shores of Franklin Lake, we will hike Franklin and Hidden Lakes nature trails (1-4 miles depending on time, ability level).

Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:00 AM

Morning: Hike the Luna Lake and White Deer Lake Loop - We will spend the entire day in the beautiful and expansive Nicolet National Forest. In addition to the large number of lakes, beautiful stands of hemlock, maple, and birch along with a wide array of ferns will be encountered. Many people consider this hike to be a true gem in that not many folks are found utilizing this scenic area!

Lunch: Sack Lunch at Franklin Lake. We'll have a chance to eat under an old Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) constructed shelter that overlooks Franklin Lake.

Afternoon: Hike Franklin Nature Trail and Hidden Lakes Trail Spur - The Franklin Lake 1.5-mile nature stroll is on very flat terrain. The beauty of this hike is that it goes through nearly every habitat type in the Northwoods, with interpretative stops and information along the way. Glacial soil in this area is a bit richer in many places, allowing for plants and ferns we won't see on many of our other hikes. As time allows, we will then hike a portion of the 15-mile Hidden Lakes Trail (out-and-back), which connects to the Franklin Lake Trail Loop. This place is a Trees For Tomorrow staff favorite!

Dinner: Dinner at 5:30 PM

Evening: TFT Naturalist Program

DAY
5
Hike in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
Eagle River, WI
B,L
Lodge at Trees For Tomorrow

Activity note: In the morning we will walk the 1-mile Union Mine Trail. We'll have a chance to learn about the copper mining history along this easy, interpretive trail. In the afternoon, we'll walk the 4.3-mile Escarpment Ridge Trail, which will be the most physically demanding hike of the week due to the hilly terrain and rocky hiking surface. Walking poles/sticks are recommended if you have them.

Breakfast: 6:30 AM Breakfast

Morning: Hike the Union Mine Interpretative Trail - The 1-mile hike features the Little Union gorge along with the well done interpretative signs that describe the history of the 1846 mine and living conditions in the area at that time. Copper mining was very important to this area and it is neat to see this history along such a scenic trail! Many participants have commented on how much they've enjoyed this hike. Well over half the trail is right next to 2 beautiful, small creeks.

Lunch: Sack lunch at the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park Visitor Center. They have great displays, a well done informational video about the geology and ecology of the park, gift shop, and flush toilets!

Afternoon: Hike the Escarpment Ridge Trail or the Big Carp River Trail in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park - Many people consider the 4.3 mile (point to point) Escarpment to be one of the most difficult hikes in the area due to the large change in elevation up to the escarpment. However, hikers are rewarded with awesome views of the carp river valley, scenic Lake of the Clouds, and Lake Superior in the distance. For those still wanting amazing views, but an easier hike, we will have an alternate hike on the Big Carp River Trail (4 mile total out and back) which hikes along the same ridge but without the uphill climb to the escarpment. For both hikes, trail surface varies from dirt to gravel to flat stone and can be somewhat challenging.

Dinner: Dinner on your own. Enjoy one of the many great restaurants in the area!

Evening: Enjoy a relaxing evening!

DAY
6
Star & Fallison Lake Trails, Meet a TFT Education Raptor
Eagle River, WI
B,L,D
Lodge at Trees For Tomorrow

Activity note: We will spend a good amount of time at the 2.5-mile Star Lake trail examining forest management and its history. After a picnic lunch at Crystal Lake, we will hike 2-mile long Fallison Lake trail, which has smaller hills and a fair number of stairs.

Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:00 AM

Morning: Hike Fallison Lake Trail - This 2.5-mile trail goes around Fallison Lake and has some interpretative signs along the way; revealing historical details about the area, wildlife that are commonly found with neat facts, geological features, and plant information among other things. Depending on time, we may also stop at the Razorback Ridges Trail System for an approximately 2- mile hike along these glacial ridges with rolling topography.

Lunch: Sack Lunch at Crystal Lake. This location offers a lake view, have picnic tables, bathrooms, and an overhead shelter to get out of rain/sun.

Afternoon: Hike Star Lake Trail - Along with Fallison Lake, Star Lake is located in the Northern Highland - American Legion State Forest. Initially established in 1925 to protect the headwaters of the Flambeau, Manitowish, and Wisconsin Rivers, this state forest is Wisconsin's largest. This is also the site of the first, and longest running red pine plantation study in Wisconsin. We'll try our hand at measuring trees to see what management technique best suits red pine growth. This 2.5-mile hike weaves in and out of the forest and a large part of it is right on the shores of Star Lake.

Dinner: Dinner at 5:30 PM

Evening: -Closing - The TFT Road Scholar Coordinator will present a slideshow containing pictures from the participants' experiences during the week. Passports will also be stamped. At some point during the week, Road Scholar participants will oftentimes have the opportunity to meet one of the TFT education raptors (bird). We will talk about their story (why they are not releasable), adaptations that allow them to be efficient predators, life history, and ways we can help them.

DAY
7
Program Concludes
Eagle River, WI
B

Activity note: Thank you for visiting! Safe travels back home and on whichever trails you hike!

Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:00 AM

Morning: Departure by 9:00 AM. Please leave your room key and name tag in your room. Safe Travels!






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