Saturday, January 23, 2pm Eastern
Winter Hiking Tips
New Buffalo Area Schools Hiking Trails
New Buffalo, Mich.

Cold temperatures any time of year can make your trip uncomfortable, or even worse, cause a serious injury or illness. Needless to say, the trip could start out as a road trip. Join the Hikers on a cold-weather hike as President Pat Fisher talks about proper cold-weather clothing and gear and cold-related injuries and illnesses and how to prevent them. The New Buffalo Area School Trails has over four miles of trails and nearly 60 acres of forested dune and wetland habitats. Depending on the trails you visit, you will discover native flora and fauna living in harmony with ancient beaches built against a clay moraine, ravines, streams, wet meadows, emergent and submergent marshes, and more. Dress in layers, wear a warm hat, and bring water. Depending on the weather, there may be some muddy or icy areas. The Hikers observe social distancing guidelines and use of face masks is required.

Directions: New Buffalo Elementary School, 12291 Lubke Rd., New Buffalo, Mich. From US12 in New Buffalo, head south on South Eagle St. At the second stop sign, turn right onto West Detroit St., which turns into Lubke Rd. at the curve. Watch for the school on the right. We will gather in the parking lot. GPS: 41.78247, -86.757002 (DD).
Estimate Presentation Time: 10 minutes
Estimated Total Time: Up to 2 hours
Hiking Distance: 1.5 miles
Physical Difficulty: Moderate


The Hikers will hold occasional Flash Hikes evenings, while it’s still light out, and weekends when there are no scheduled HCH events. These hikes will have no theme, no leader–just a walk in the woods with like-minded people.

The only notification of Flash Hikes will be by email to our list of members and others who’ve signed up for email notices of Hiker activities, and the emails announcing the Flash Hikes will go out two or three days beforehand. If you’re not on our email list and would like to be, send your address to As always, we look forward to hiking with you.

About Dogs…

Harbor Country Hikers welcomes dogs on our hikes, as long as they’re well-behaved and on leashes. Those who manage some of the trails we hike may feel otherwise, however, and they have the final word. Check with them before you bring the pooch. Chikaming Open Lands allows dogs in its preserves, as do the state parks. Chikaming Township Parks allow dogs. Berrien County Parks do not, nor do the New Buffalo Schools Nature Study Trails. Fernwood generally doesn’t, either, except on special occasions. The Dunes National Park generally allows dogs.

Other Hiking and Related Activities

Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve–Fernwood is currently open to members and the general public. For information, visit its website,

Indiana Dunes National Park–most beaches and trails are open. For updates, visit

Indiana Dunes State Park
Call 219-926-1390 for information about park activiti