Hike: Friday, May 25th, 2012
Pinckney State Recreation Area
Thus will be a moderately difficult 8 mile, 4.5–5 hour hike over wooded glacial moraines, past kettle lakes and bogs, and through wetlands. The trails themselves are mostly sandy and in good condition, but wet weather will produce mud in some spots. Historically, the climate in this part of Michigan in May has been pleasant (45–70°F, 7–20 C). However, this spring has been unusually warm: check the weather forecast before packing and be prepared for rain, heat, wind, and mosquitoes. Poison ivy is common in this area. You should bring a water bottle and a small pack for your lunch.
The hike will begin at Pickerel Lake and end at Half Moon Lake Beach. A box lunch will be provided at the trailhead. After the hike, if time permits there will be an opportunity for a swim.
Half Moon Lake Beach is approximately 40 min from Ann Arbor. Shuttles will leave at 8:30am from the south side of Rackham Hall (Washington Street). Shuttles will return to Rackham by 6pm.