Full Schedule

Wednesday, May 1

Time

Event

Location

Notes

9:00AM-5:00PM Pre-Celebration Hike and Paddle, day-long adventure Manistee River Separate pre-registration required. See Pre- and Post-Celebration Activities page for details. Contact Sara Cockrell at sarac369@charter.net for additional information and to sign up.
4:00-8:00PM Registration Lakeview Hotel Lobby (Shanty Creek) Register upon arrival.
5:00-6:00PM National Park Service Round Table Parlor A (Shanty Creek) All registrants welcome.
6:30PM Dinner (on your own) Downtown Bellaire All registrants welcome, pay where you choose to dine.

 

Thursday, May 2

Time

Event

Location

Notes

6:30-7:30AM Buffet Breakfast Parlor A Pre-purchased breakfast ticket required. Other dining options are available at Shanty Creek or in Bellaire, but they are not included in registration.
7:00-11:00AM, 2:00-5:00PM Registration Lakeview Hotel Lobby Register upon arrival.
7:00-8:00AM Bagged Lunch* Pickup Parlor A Pre-purchased lunch ticket required. Other dining options are available at Shanty Creek or in Bellaire, but they are not included in registration.
Afternoon Food truck at Jordan River National Fish Hatchery (JRNFH) Fish Hatchery Well suited to hikes TA-1, TA-2 and TP-1. Pay at truck.
Est. Depart/Return* Hikes** See Hikes page for specific details. Cross reference with hike codes. A final printed event program will be provided on-site at registration. Note: Most hikes require pre-registration.
7:45AM-4:15PM TD-1 Muncie Lakes Loop 8.5 miles, transportation provided
TD-2 Sand Lakes Loop 7.5 miles, transportation provided
7:30AM-5:00PM TD-3 Deadman’s Hill to Landslide Overlook 13.1 miles, transportation provided
8:15AM-4:15PM TD-4 Pickerel Lake SFCG to Sand Lake 9 miles, transportation provided
8:00AM-1:30PM TA-1 Deadman’s Hill to JRNFH 4.8 miles, transportation provided, food truck lunch option at hatchery (self-pay)
9:30AM-3:00PM TA-2 Deadman’s Hill/JRNFH Bus Tour 0.5 miles, transportation provided, food truck lunch option at hatchery (self-pay)
9:00AM-2:00PM TA-3 Deadman’s Hill to Warner Creek TH 5 miles, transportation provided
12:00PM-5:00PM TP-1 JRNFH to Pinney Bridge 5.5 miles, transportation provided, food truck lunch option at hatchery (self-pay)
11:45AM-3:45PM TP-2 Warner Creek TH to Dobleski Rd. 4.8 miles, transportation provided
12:00PM-5:15PM TP-3 Muncie Lakes TH to Dollar Lake TH 3.9 miles, transportation provided
Local Activities See Non-Hiking Activities page for specific details. A final printed event program will be provided on-site at registration. Note: Some non-hike and local activities require pre-registration but many do not.
TBD, midday T-NH1 Jordan River National Fish Hatchery Tour Food truck lunch available at hatchery (self-pay), transportation available with hikes.
TBD T-NH2 Grass River Natural Area, Wildflowers Guided wildflower walk.
3:30-5:00PM T-NH3 Kayak the Intermediate River with Paddle Antrim Pre-registration required. Bring your own kayak, or local rental available by pre-arrangement.
5:00-6:00PM Happy Hour Bellaire Terrace and Ballroom (Shanty Creek) All registrants welcome. Cash bar.
6:15-7:15PM Buffet Dinner Bellaire Ballroom (Shanty Creek) Pre-purchased dinner ticket required.
7:30-9:00PM Program: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and NPS Awards Bellaire Ballroom All registrants welcome.

*Estimated departure and return times: All are to and from Shanty Creek Resort. Note departure times may change. Check final schedule at on-site check-in.
**Supplemental hiking options, self-drive or carpool, may be added for on-site signup if warranted by demand.

Friday, May 3

Time

Event

Location

Notes

6:30-7:30AM Buffet Breakfast Parlor A Pre-purchased breakfast ticket required. Other dining options are available at Shanty Creek or in Bellaire, but they are not included in registration.
8:00 AM-6:00 PM Registration Bellaire Foyer (Shanty Creek) Register upon arrival.
7:00-8:00AM Bagged Lunch* Pickup Parlor A Pre-purchased lunch ticket required. Other dining options are available at Shanty Creek or in Bellaire, but they are not included in registration.
Est. Depart/Return* Hikes** See Hikes page for specific details. Cross reference with hike codes. Most hikes require pre-registration.
8:30AM-4:30PM FD-1 Trail Building Workshop and Hike 8:30 seminar then out to the field for hands-on workshop. Bus departs at 9:30. Transportation provided.
8:00AM-12:00PM FA-1 Landslide Overlook to Pinney Bridge 3.8 miles, transportation provided
8:00AM-12:30PM FA-2 Landslide to Deadman’s Hill 5.4 miles, transportation provided
7:45AM-12:15PM FA-3 Cinder Hill Rd. to Mancelona Rd. 3.9 miles, transportation provided
Local Activities See Non-Hiking Activities page for specific details. Some non-hike and local activities require pre-registration but many do not.
TBD F-NH1 Shanty Creek Nature Walk Interpretive walk on the local trails at Shanty Creek Resort.
TBD F-NH2 Grass River Natural Area, Mushrooms Guided mushrooms and lichens walk.
Breakout Sessions and Workshops All Breakout Sessions and Workshops are at Shanty Creek. See Workshops page for specific details. There is a 10-minute break after each session block.
1:00-1:50PM Trail Protection: Working with Landowners Bellaire N
Mushroom Identification Bellaire C
Hammock Camping Along the NCT Bellaire S
Chapter Outreach Tools and Best Practices Parlor A
2:00-2:50PM Major Forest Insect Pests in Michigan and Along the NCT Bellaire N
Walk and Write Workshop Bellaire C
Trail Photography Using a Smartphone Bellaire S
Crew Leader Training Parlor A
 3:00-3:50PM Long Distance Hiker Forum Bellaire N
NCT GIS/Mapping Bellaire C
Lightweight Backpacking Bellaire S
Chapter Leadership Round Table Parlor A
5:00-6:00PM Happy Hour Ivan’s Restaurant at Schuss Mountain (Shanty Creek) All registrants welcome. Cash bar.
6:15-7:15PM Buffet Dinner Ivan’s Restaurant at Schuss Mountain Pre-purchased dinner ticket required.
7:30-9:00PM Gear Demo and Giveaway, Chair Lift Rides, Bonfire, and NCTA Awards Ivan’s Restaurant at Schuss Mountain All registrants welcome.

*Estimated departure and return times: All are to and from Shanty Creek Resort. Note departure times may change. Check final schedule at on-site check-in.
**Supplemental hiking options, self-drive or carpool, may be added for on-site signup if warranted by demand.

Saturday, May 4

Time

Event

Location

Notes

6:30-7:30AM Buffet Breakfast Parlor A Pre-purchased breakfast ticket required. Other dining options are available at Shanty Creek or in Bellaire, but they are not included in registration.
TBD Registration Bellaire Foyer Register upon arrival.
7:00-8:00AM Bagged Lunch* Pickup Parlor A Pre-purchased lunch ticket required. Other dining options are available at Shanty Creek or in Bellaire, but they are not included in registration.
8:00AM-1:00PM NCTA Board Meeting Presidential Suite
Est. Depart/Return* Hikes** See Hikes page for specific details. Cross reference with hike codes. Most hikes require pre-registration.
8:00AM-5:00PM SD-1 Petoskey-pouri 6.3 miles, transportation provided, lunch available for purchase at local brewery
SD-2 Landslide Overlook to Deadman’s Hill 13.1 miles, transportation provided
7:45AM-5:15PM SD-3 Sand Lakes TH to Muncie Lakes TH 10.2 miles, transportation provided
SD-4 Spring Lake SFCG to US-131 SFCG 10.5 miles, transportation provided
8:00AM-5:00PM SD-5 Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Tour TBD: Interpretive programs, short hikes, transportation and lunch provided
SD-6 Springvale Rd. to Slashing/Thumb Lake Rd. 7.7 miles, transportation provided
SD-7 Harmon Rd. to Chandler Hill Rd. 9.8 miles, transportation provided
9:30AM-1:30PM SA-1 Landslide Overlook to Pinney Bridge 3.8 miles, transportation provided
8:00AM-2:00PM SA-2 Muncie Lakes TH to Dollar Lake TH 3.9 miles, transportation provided
SA-3 Sand Lakes TH to Dollar Lake TH 6.2 miles, transportation provided
12:00-5:00PM SP-1 Warner Creek TH to Dobleski Rd. 4.8 miles, transportation provided
Local Activities See Non-Hiking Activities page for specific details. Some non-hike and local activities require pre-registration but many do not.
TBD S-NH1 Antrim Creek Natural Area Interpretive walk
TBD S-NH2 Grass River Natural Area Mushroom walk
TBD S-NH3 Glacial Hills Guided Hike TBD
5:00-6:00PM Happy Hour Parlors A and B All registrants welcome. Cash bar.
6:15-7:15PM Buffet Dinner Parlors A and B Pre-purchased dinner ticket required.
7:30-9:00PM Program: Mirna Valeria, A Beautiful Work in Progress Parlors A and B All registrants welcome. Book signing to follow.

*Estimated departure and return times: All are to and from Shanty Creek Resort. Note departure times may change. Check final schedule at on-site check-in.
**Supplemental hiking options, self-drive or carpool, may be added for on-site signup if warranted by demand.

Sunday, May 5

Time

Event

Location

Notes

Breakfast and lunch are not included with registration on Sunday. Dining options are available at Shanty Creek or in Bellaire
Hikes: Loop or Out-and-Back See Hikes page for specific details. Cross reference with hike codes. Sunday hikes are carpool and self-drive only. Stop for a hike on your way home!
TBD NA-1 Muncie Lakes Loop 5.3 miles
TBD NA-2 Scheck’s Valley of the Giants 7.8 miles
TBD NA-3 Deadman’s Hill-Jordan Valley Short Loop 3.5 miles
TBD NA-4 Warner Creek Pathway 3 miles
Local Activities See Non-Hiking Activities page for specific details. Some non-hike and local activities require pre-registration but many do not.
TBD N-NH1 Trail Run with Mirna Valerio Sign-up opportunities after Mirna’s Saturday Evening Program.
*1:00PM Post-Celebration, Multi-Day Hike with NCTA Harbor Springs Chapter *Harbor Springs Separate pre-registration required. Contact Shari Sanderson at sandersonshari@gmail.com or (231) 838-9744 for additional information and to sign up.