"FALL 2025: The next Cairn Stone [hiking tour] adventure [beyond Scotland 2024/25] is planned for early Fall 2025 and will be Spectacular Up North. This very special [Michigan] hiking tour will include such destinations as Sleeping Bear Dunes, Taquamenon Falls, Pictured Rocks, Porcupine Mountains, Isle Royal National Park and Mackinaw Island!"
Coach Ron Gunn, 30 NOV 2023
Our Cairn Stone veterans get on the list very early, often as soon as a destination is announced. (We began getting registrations for this tour December 3, 2023.) Earliest deposit dates will have first choice of trip dates.
[NOTE: Everyone who registers is on a candidates list. When the trip opens we will send details to everyone on the candidates list and ask for a response. After we know everyone's preferences will offer spots to the earliest signups first. Our repeat travelers know this, but we want to inform our first time travelers to be fair. ]
Your first step to get on the trip candidates list is to submit a Trip Registration form. This gets you on the mailing list for all trip specific mailings.
Your good faith deposit is fully refundable or can be used for another trip or training fee. The date we receive your deposit is your seniority date we will use in case of conflict when spots are assigned.
Hiking in this unique Michigan treasure
will be another memorable
Cairn Stone adventure.
Isle Royale National Park is a US national park consisting of Isle Royale, along with more than 400 small adjacent islands and the surrounding waters of Lake Superior in the state of Michigan.
Isle Royale is 45 mi long and 9 mi wide, with an area of 206.73 sq mi, making it the 4th largest lake island in the world.
The Tahquamenon Falls State Park is a 46,179-acre state park in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is the second largest of Michigan's state parks.
Nearly 200 feet across and 50 feet high the Upper Tahquamenon Falls Michigan's largest waterfall.
You’ll be hard-pressed to find trails more beautiful and full of landmarks, with miles of hiking trails within this park, but also on the North Country Trail — part of the National Scenic Trail System.
The Porcupine Mountains, or Porkies, are a group of small mountains spanning the northwestern Upper Peninsula of Michigan in Ontonagon and Gogebic counties, near the shore of Lake Superior.
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park features 60,000 acres of old-growth forest, roaring waterfalls, Lake Superior shoreline, rivers, trails, and ridges, the park’s incomparable vistas make Michigan’s largest state park a popular destination
Mackinac Island sits in Lake Huron, between Michigan’s Upper and Lower peninsulas. Mackinac Island State Park, with trails, woods and the limestone Arch Rock formation, covers most of the island. Founded in 1780, Fort Mackinac is a walled cluster of military buildings on a coastal bluff. The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum has local works, including Native American art, maps and 19th-century photos.
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore hugs the south shore of Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It's known for the dramatic multicolored Pictured Rocks cliffs. Unusual sandstone formations like Miners Castle and Chapel Rock define the park’s headlands. Twelve mile Beach has a trail through a nearby white birch forest. Remnants of shipwrecks dot the shoreline around Au Sable Point’s 19th-century lighthouse.