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Outdoor Adventures

Take in the wilderness and adventure on one of our trips. From a day on the slopes or a weekend on the trails; connect with nature and new friends. Unplug and let us take care of the details.


Depart: Friday, June 24 @ 9:00a
Return: Sunday, June 26 @ 5:00p
Included: Travel, equipment, and various meals

Join Campus Recreation on a 10-mile Outdoor Adventure to backpack the Manistee River Trail. This trail features a trek alongside the Manistee River Trail and countless overlooks. The Manistee River Trail is one of Michigan’s staple trails for backpackers.


Day 1
Depart Campus
Enjoy an afternoon in Manistee, MI
Spend the first night front country camping at Seaton Creek Camp

Day 2
Depart Seaton Creek Camp and backpack the Manistee Trail
Arrive at Backcountry campsite and rest for the night.

Day 3
Spend a lazy morning and complete the Manistee River Trail
Return to campus

Food and Beverage
Day 1
Lunch - Cadillac, MI restaurant (personal expense)
Dinner – Hot dogs, brats, chips (Vegetarian option available on request)
Day 2
Breakfast – Fruit, snack bars, oatmeal
Lunch – Trail lunch (Bumble Bee meals, PB&J, granola)
Dinner – Mountain House Freeze Dried Dinner
Day 3
Breakfast - Fruit, snack bars, oatmeal
Lunch - Mesick, MI restaurant

Please bring refillable water bottles to use total minimum 2 L. Feel free to bring any snacks or other items you wish. Backpacking is a strenuous activity. You will be burning many calories that will need to be replenished! If you have any dietary restrictions or preferences, please let us know at registration in order to make accommodations.

Packing List
1 full change of clothes to keep in the car for post hiking! 
1-2 pair athletic pants/synthetic hiking pants
1 pair of shorts
3-4 synthetic/athletic shirts (cotton is not good!)
1 long sleeve for at night
1 long/warm pair of sleep pants
2-4 pair of thick socks
3-5 pair of undergarments
1 pair durable hiking boots

Sleeping bag*
Sleeping pad*
Eating utensils – Bowl/Spork*
Flashlight/ headlamp
Water bottles total min. 2 L
Toiletry items – toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, baby wipes
Sun hat/baseball cap
Bug spray

1 pair of camp shoes (sandals)
Travel coffee mug
camp chair

*Available for rental from Campus Recreation. Rental equipment needed to participate on trips with Campus Recreation is included with registration.

Keep in mind that what you bring on the trip will need to fit in 35-65 L backpack. You are responsible for carrying your belongings. Ounces add up to pounds!

August 5-7, 2022

More information to come!



August 21-25, 2022

More information to come!


Let Campus Recreation help with your next outdoor adventure! Outdoor equipment may be rented for a nominal fee.  The following equipment is available:

  • 2 Person Tent
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Sleeping Pads
  • Multi-day Hiking Packs
  • Snowshoes
  • Trekking Poles
  • Kayaks (with PFD)
  • Assorted Cookware

Contact us for details on how to reserve the equipment! Account fees will be posted to the user accounts for any lost or stolen equipment. Rented equipment must be returned as determined by the rental agreement.