Harbor Country Hikers (HCH) will be hiking the beach from Cherry Beach to Warren Dunes led by HCH Board Member Janet Schrader, better known as the Sand Pirate. We’ll be stopping periodically to hydrate and for Janet to tell some of her Lake Michigan sand stories, some may even be true. We may find a wave or two sneak-up on us, a nice and wide sweet spot to walk on, and will find three streams to cross. Bare feet, water shoes, or a pair of garbage bags can help us cross the streams with ease.
We will gather at our destination (Warren Dunes State Park, south beach house), shuttle to our start (Cherry Beach), then hike over three miles of beach back to our vehicles. From there, we’ll make our way to Harbert Community Park to enjoy a “bring-your-own-picnic” and many awesome conversations. The pavilion is ours from noon to 2p.
Give us a heads up by emailing email@example.com> if you don’t have a MI State Park pass and would like to park and catch a ride to Cherry Beach from Harbert Community Park.
HCH has an All-Terrain Rollator which may be reserved for use on our hikes. Reservations are made by Emailing firstname.lastname@example.org on a first-come first-served basis. The rollator does do sand but three miles of beach would be challenging.
In case of inclement weather, check our website/ FB page the day of hike for cancellation/ rescheduling notice. Dress in comfortable clothing and footwear that will probably get wet, a sun hat, sunscreen and insect repellent and bring plenty of water. Depending on the weather, the streams may be swift and over a foot deep (two garbage bags slipped over your feet and legs can be used to cross the streams). HCH hikers observe federal and state guidelines so mask wearing is optional.
Theme: Lakefront Hike & Picnic
Venue: Cherry Beach to Warren Dunes
When: Saturday, August 16, 2023 @ 10am Eastern
Hike Leader: Janet Schrader, Director HCH
Estimated Finish Time: 12:30p
Hiking Distance: 3.3 miles
Physical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult (loose sand, and 3 streams, wave dodging)
Gathering Locations: Warren Dunes State Park and Harbert Community Park
Parking GPS: 41.90633, -86.605924 (DD) and 41.874033, -86.622640 (DD)
From Red Arrow Highway, turn into the main entrance of Warren Dunes State Park. After the gate house, go straight and follow the winding main road to the first beach parking lot. We will gather in the parking lot near the beach house. To accommodate those without MI State Park passes, we will also be shuttling from Harbert Community Park which is on Red Arrow Highway in Harbert. See us at the pavilion.