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HPSP Guided Snowshoe Hikes – Hartwick Pines State Park will offer two mile guided snowshoe hikes on the Mertz Grade Trail on January 21, February 11 & 25 and March 11. The guided hikes will begin at 10a.m. and 1p.m. The hikes are free, but please call the visitor center at Hartwick Pines at 989-348-2537 or stop in at the Visitor Center (normally open daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) to sign up. Some snowshoes are available to use for free, however check for availability when registering.
The Mertz Grade Trail is a 2 mile trail which starts just the other side of M-93 from the Day Use Area. One of three hiking trails in Hartwick Pines, the Mertz Grade follows a portion of the historic Mertz Railroad Grade, used during the logging days in the region. This lovely trail is lower laying than much of the park and offers a look at wetland region surrounding bogs, lakes and vernal ponds in summer. In winter, it is home to a variety of animal and bird species, many of which can still be seen in winter!
A warming room is available in the visitor center during open hours every weekend and most weekdays.
Hartwick Pines State Park is located at 4216 Ranger Rd. in Grayling. For more information on the programs at Hartwick Pines, please call 989-348-2537.
There is no charge for the snowshoe hikes; however a Recreation Passport is required for park entry.