• Indianhead Point stands tall along the Pictured Rocks. Photo copyright Craig Blacklock

    Pictured Rocks

    National Lakeshore Michigan

National Trails Day is June 6

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Date: June 1, 2009
Contact: Dave Kronk, 906-387-2607, ext. 206

Students from Munising High School volunteer to maintain the trail along Miners Beach.
Munising High School students work on the Miners Beach trail
NPS photo by Dave Kronk
High School  (MUNISING, Mich.) The American Hiking Society's signature trail awareness program, National Trails Day, inspires the public and trail enthusiasts nationwide to seek out their favorite trails to discover, learn about, and celebrate trails while participating in educational exhibits, trail dedications, gear demonstrations, instructional workshops and trail work projects. For 2009, June 6 has been designated as National Trails Day.

Recently Gordon Tester’s class from Munising High School spent a full day at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, helping with trail maintenance. This included erosion control efforts, tree planting and trail building.

“The students enjoyed being outside even though it was a cold and windy day. They learned that a lot of work goes into trail design and upkeep,” Park Ranger Dave Kronk said. People interested in volunteering some of their time to work on the park trails should contact volunteer coordinator Pam Baker at 387-3700.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore has almost 100 miles of hiking trails. The Chapel Loop is a popular nine mile hike along the most scenic rock formations. Maps and information may be obtained at the Visitor Center in Munising or by visiting the park website at www.nps.gov/piro.

Come visit the park and celebrate National Trails Day!

Did You Know?

Bear claw scars on the smooth bark of an American beech tree.

Bear claw marks can be seen on the trunks of American beech trees because the bark is so smooth. Bears climb trees for safety and to eat beech nuts. The non-native beech bark disease is sweeping through Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, killing many beech trees. Trees scarred with bear claw marks will be harder to find. More...