NCT Service Trip
Michael Salat, History Teacher

Towering pines, cascading streams, and amazing vistas, are what make The Trapp Hills one of the best hiking segments in the Midwest. The terrain challenges hikers and the trail rewards with a sense of accomplishment and amazing scenery. This 4 mile segment of the North Country Scenic Trail was the site of a recent Conserve School service work outing.

Students on the NCT

The North Country Scenic Trail stretches over 4,600 miles from North Dakota to the Vermont border of New York. The trail traverses through 10 National Forests and is the longest trail in the National Trails System. The trail is maintained mostly by volunteers who spend countless hours clearing brush, building bridges, clearing downed trees, and generally keeping the path clear and well-marked. Conserve School has adopted a segment of the NCT in The Trapp Hills region of Upper Michigan. 

Students enjoying the view from the NCT

On Saturday of Labor Day weekend ten students and two staff members took to our adopted segment of trail to clear the way for future hikers. The day was steamy, but spirits were high as we tossed aside downed trees, trimmed branches, and made sure the trail was without obstructions. It was a fine day and everyone felt good about giving something back to our public lands.

Taking a break from working on the NCT

Photos contributed by Michael Salat