North Country Trail Services

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Serving the North Country Trail
From Ironwood to St.Ignace!
May 1 – October 22

Take advantage of the expertise!
Owner, Thomas Funke, is author of
50 Hikes on the North Country Trail, and,
50 Hikes in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

 

We offer four types of services: Advice, Regularly Scheduled Shuttle, Charters, & “Uber”

1) Advice
(we call this our “Budget NCT Package”)

If you don’t need our assistance with transportation (loop hikers, out and back hikers, two car spotters, or other alternative transportation) you can tap into our knowledge about the trail. For $49, you will receive a copy of “50 Hikes on the North Country Trail” and one North Country Trail map. Additional maps $9. And, you can contact us anytime and as many times as you wish for advice and counsel on your hike.

3) Regularly Scheduled Service

Grand Marais to Tahquamenon Rivermouth runs daily.
Shuttle departs Grand Marais at 1130AM.
Cost is $129 for a group up to 6 persons.
Fridays-Sundays we offer Muskellunge Lake to Tahquamenon Rivermouth.
$50 for two persons, $20 each additional person.

Register ONLINE

2) Charter Shuttle Service

All shuttles between Ironwood & Munising, and, Tahquameon Rivermouth to St. Ignace are chartered.
We will work with you to choose a pick up time, date, and location on your schedule.
Rates:  Mileage $1.25 mile + $0.25 minute while moving + $0.75 while standing. Deadhead miles are $1.00 mile, max $25 each way.  Trip insurance is recommended and is $9 a day. We will provide a DeLorme InReach communicator. Rescues without trip insurance $295.
Minimum cost is $129 for a group of 2.

Contact us. for a quote
Arrangements are to be made and paid for 4 days in advance.

3)YOOPER OOPER
(On Demand /Unscheduled Service/UBER)

This service is only available May 1 – October 22nd.

$1.68 mile between trailheads + $25 each way to cover deadhead miles over 25 miles.
Based on driver availability.  This service is only available if we have drivers/vehicles available.
Serving the eastern half of the UP (Marquette/Escanaba to Sault Ste Marie/St. Ignace)

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Important note: this shuttle does not make stops inside Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore!  In fact, we man bypass the park entirely to save drive time to points east and west! If you are hiking the entire North Country Trail in Pictured Rocks,  or, any segment within, you need our Pictured Rocks Shuttle

Charters may be booked anytime but must be made and paid for at least 48 hours in advance.
Yooper UBER is based on staff & vehicle availability.

You’ve been planning this trip for months, don’t wait until the last second to make your transportation arrangements!
Less than 24 hours, CALL US

  In addition, did you know you could utilize the Indian Trails bus line to set yourself up on a long hike?

The North Country Trail is within close proximity to the following bus stops:

Battle Creek (1/4 mile)
Rockford (on the trail)
Manton (6 miles)
Petoskey (on the trail)
St. Ignace (1/4 mile)
Marquette (1 1/4 mile)
Ironwood (4 mile)

Calling after your hike? Day of your hike? Prepare to grovel.

Calling with less than required notice? Call us, we’ll do our best. But don’t expect our posted rate.
And maybe you should read this

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