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DNR offers Hiking 101 class at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Skills Academy will offer an introductory hiking class atPorcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park Saturday, Nov. 4, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

group hiking over bridge on trail through forest
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park will serve as the scenic setting for the Department of Natural Resources’ Hiking 101 class Nov. 4.

Hiking 101, for ages 14 and older, will cover hiking gear, clothing, nutrition, map and compass use, and minimal-impact techniques. The instructor also will spend a little time on backpacking equipment, camp stoves, shelters and other backpacking-related techniques for those who also are interested in backpacking. The last half of the day will be a 5-mile guided hike in the Porkies.

The cost for the class is $35, which includes lunch. Participants also will receive a Porkies trail map and orienteering compass.

Sign up on the Michigan e-store. Cancellations must be made by Oct. 21 to ensure a full refund. Participation is limited to 12.

Participants should wear hiking footwear and appropriate clothing for November weather in the Upper Peninsula and bring rain wear, a water bottle, trail snacks and a daypack or backpack. The 5-mile hike will be moderately difficult, with terrain that will include muddy trails, elevation and uneven surfaces.
For more information, call 906-885-5206.

A Recreation Passport is required for entry into Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. It can be purchased at the park entrance.

The DNR Outdoor Skills Academy offers in-depth, expert instruction, gear and hands-on learning for a range of outdoor activities at locations around the state. Learn more about the Outdoor Skills Academy at michigan.gov/outdoorskills.

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