About Hiking Michigan
HIKING MICHIGAN is a 15 year old outdoor organization with over 6,000 members. We started out in 1998 and have developed into a regular Hiking Group who schedules hikes and activities, year round. Everything we do here is FREE to everyone. All people are welcome. No experience is needed. We are not out to conquer anything…..instead…..we visit the local parks to explore the natural environments while enjoying the camaraderie of like minded outdoor people. There are no reservations needed to attend the Hikes, just show up at the meeting place for that particular activity, and join in.
One of the big points to our Hikes, is to show people a particular Park, Environment, Trail or unique Natural Resource, and get them comfortable with that place. We then hope that with this familiarity, the Hikers will return on their own to explore further. We give out free GPSed Hiking Maps of each Hike we do, to make it even easier for EVERYONE to return to the Trails on their own.
We post our Hikes & Outdoor activities schedule on our web site and Bulletin Board. You can also get on our email list to be reminded about each of our Hikes. There is no soliciting here at H.M., so you will never get anything from us except Hike and Outdoor activity notices. We also have a Blog and Facebook page with posted Hikes Schedules as well as various outdoor discussions.
Hiking Michigan’s motto is: OUTDOORS FOR EVERYONE. And that is exactly what it is here. Our membership ranges from our youngest member of 2 years old to our oldest member of 84 years old, and everything in between. Families are welcome, and on many of our Hikes, your Doggie friends are welcome as well. The group has grown to over 6,000 members,in 2012. And with the addition of the North/Central Michigan Hiking Group, we expect to be well over 10,000 members by the summer of 2013.
This Group shares outdoor information with fellow Hikers. This is part of our Hikes and philosophies here. If you want a Social group of some sort, or being part of a special Cliche is what you maybe looking for, this is not the place for you. The Group as a whole is one big Cliche of fellow outdoor lovers, sharing their knowledge of the outdoors with everyone here in the Group. From Trails info, to various Hiking equipment. Animals and tracks ID, to Bird calls, Mushrooms and GPS units. The whole Natural world is our Playground to explore.