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Hartwick Pines State Park offers lantern-light ski

Fri, Dec  17, 2004 - By Grayling Visitors Bureau

Hartwick Pines State Park, six miles northeast of Grayling, will be hosting to two nights of cross country skiing by lantern light on Jan. 22 and Feb. 19.

The kerosene lanterns will be lit from 5 to 9 p.m. Although the groomed ski loop will not go through the famed old growth forest, skiers will be able to enjoy the scenic beauty of the hardwoods and second-growth pine forests in the park. The trail begins and ends at the parking lot of the Michigan Forest Visitor Center. The loop is approximately 1.5 miles in length, and skiers may go around as many times as they wish while the trail is lit; then everyone is welcome to enjoy some hot beverages and snacks in the warming room at the visitor center. Please call the park at 989-348-2537 to check trail conditions before attending this event.

There is no charge for the two nights of skiing by lantern light; however, a state park motor vehicle permit is required for entry. The $6 daily or $24 annual resident permits are available at the park.

In addition to these special nights of skiing, the park offers three groomed ski loops of 3, 5 and 7.5 miles in length. The warming room is open during normal building hours, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Guided snowshoe hikes are planned for Jan. 29 and Feb.26 beginning at 1 p.m. Advance registration is required.

For more information, please call 989-348-2537.