North Country Trail Services

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Trip Planning & Logistics for the entire Michigan portion of the
North Country Trail!


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


Tom Funke will be your personal trip planner for any hike on the Michigan portion of the North Country Trail. From advice to arranging transportation, to equipment rental to maps, we are the authority and experts on the North Country Trail.


We are the expert on the Michigan portion of the North Country Trail and provide trip planning services, advice, transportation arrangements, gear rental & sales. Since we are a very small company and Tom Funke’s time is limited, we are happy help past customers, current customers, and Trailspotters members plan hikes & trips on the North Country Trail & other adventures. 


To take advantage of our trip planning services, you will need to become a member of Trailspotters. Your membership will provide:

  • Unlimited phone consults
  • Unlimited email consults
  • *Signed* copy of 50 Hikes on the North Country Trail
  • *Signed* copy of 50 Hikes in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula
  • Personalized trip plan & itinerary with trail, features, & amenities
  • NCT Lat/Long datapoints for your GPS
  • Detailed & accurate NCT maps for your hike
  • Arrange for transportation/carspot*
  • Emailed digital Pictured Rocks Planning Package
  • All for only $39.95!

And, you can add onto any membership…

·         Carspot – starts at $149
–         Transport/shuttle–starts at $25 person (pictured rocks only)
·         DeLorme Inreach—starts at $39 for 4 days; $9 each additional day

Rent a DeLorme InReach

·         Trip Insurance
·         Backpack equipment rental — starts at $99 person for 7 days
·         Killer Map of Pictured Rocks $5
·         Jordan River Pathway Map $5
·         Manistee River Loop Map $5
·         North Country Trail membership $20
* We are only arranging for transportation. There is a separate fee for transportation/carspot that you will pay the provider directly

You can sign up for a membership here: 

For all other programs and services, please let us know what your questions and needs are, and we will get the information to the appropriate staff person.

Have questions before committing to a membership? Contact us!    1.386.227.7768