We had a three-day weekend planned and almost all of the trails were new to us. There had been a lot of snow over the past winter and we had a couple passes to do so we hoped it would work out. Austin went up the night before so we met him at the Drifters Cookhouse Restaurant where we aired down because they weren't open yet. The weather was perfect.
We planned on running Baker Pass first and coming back to everything else. We were bummed to see that the first entrance to Owl Mountain was closed, though the second entrance was open. Silver Creek was open, so that was good. When we got to Baker Pass we saw that it was also closed. This wasn't starting out well!
The gate on Michigan River was open and though it was muddy all the way to the top we didn't see any snow. We had a really good time on the rocks.
The trees were really close in spots but it wasn't too bad. It wasn't long before we stopped at a pull-out to put on bug spray. The mosquitoes were thick and they would stay that way the entire weekend. Everyone got lots of bites even with the bug spray.
When we got to the end we got out to chat. It was nice in the shade but the mosquitoes were driving us crazy so we didn't stick around long. On the way down we stopped at a flat spot off of the trail that was high above the river. It was a big river there and the sound was nice. We decided to have our lunch there. It was in the sun so the mosquitoes left us alone for the most part. It was a really nice lunch.
We eventually headed back down to do Silver Creek. We'll definitely do Michigan River again, it was a blast.