I'm new to the forum and new to Jeeps (sort of). Took my family to Silver Lake Michigan earlier this summer and loved it so much I want to go back before the dunes close for the season in November. My kids are off school on Columbus day making October 12-14 my last good chance to make this trip. I was looking to explore some easy trails along the way in the Manistee National Forest area north east of Whitehall.
Will most likely be staying here... Silver Lake and Mears Michigan Resort Hotel - Dunes Waterfront Resort
. Yeah, it's kind of expensive but it is the nicest place in town and the only one with an indoor pool for my kids to swim, especially if the weather is a bust. It would be great to find some new family oriented friends, couples, etc. interested in making the trip. It's those national forest trails I'm mostly worried about going at alone, and will probably skip them if I can't find some company. Posted about making this trip in another Jeep forum several days ago and no replies yet. Hoping for some better luck here.