Spring is here and us Michiganders can’t wait until our mitten state is in full bloom! What better way to celebrate spring being sprung than going for a hometown hike! We grabbed our Salewa hiking footwear and headed to Muskegon State Park to ring in the new season!
Muskegon State Park
Established in 1923, Muskegon State Park has been an incredible local outlet for outdoor adventure for almost 100 years. Located west of North Muskegon, it sits on the shore of Lake Michigan and offers miles of trails over forested dunes and lakeshore. The park also has rustic and modern camping, picnic areas, fishing, a boat launch, swimming, and even a replica of a historic military blockhouse overlooking the lake.
Nestled in the Dolomites, a mountain range in Northeastern Italy, sits the mountain climbing equipment, footwear, and apparel company, Salewa. Their headquarters is a 50 meters high complex that resembles the rocky terrain that surrounds it. Dedicated to providing a healthy work and life environment, the Italian company has offices and warehouses at their HQ as well as a kindergarten for employee’s children, a cafeteria that sources fresh local food, and a garden that employs refugees from all over the world to grow organic produce, learn German and English, and build meaningful relationships within the community. Salewa started production with mountain climbing gear in 1935 and grew its production over the years to include footwear and apparel. Introduced to the US in 2014, Salewa now is present in over 30 countries and is a leading mountaineering brand. They offer a variety of footwear styles for all your outdoor adventures!
The Wildfire collection includes the classic low top Wildfire, Wildfire Edge, and Mid Wildfire Edge. The Wildfire is a technical shoe that provides ultimate traction control and grip through their POMOCA Speed Mtn Sole, comfort through their cushioning and moisture wicking Ortholite insole, and a breathable mesh lining for warmer conditions. The Wildfire Edge is a more aggressive take on the classic Wildfire, featuring an edging plate under the toes for increased directional stiffness, Multi Fit Footbed Plus (MFF+) that uses interchangeable layers to adapt to the shape of your foot, and simple to use climbing lacing that easily loosens or tightens to accommodate your climb or hike. The Wildfire Edge is available as a low top or a mid that offers a stretch gaiter to keep out snow, scree, and trail debris. Each Wildfire style also has a Gore-Tex waterproof option to keep out precipitation and groundwater while still providing breathability.
The Mountain Trainer
The Mountain Trainer is a lightweight, mid-height, alpine trekking boot. It is designed to provide comfort, flexibility, and durability for ascents and descents during alpine treks. It features a vibram sole, Gore-Tex waterproofing, leather suede exterior, the Ortholite insole, climbing lacing, a flex collar at the ankle for added flexibility, and Salewa’s 3F system for flexibility, support, and blister free fit. The Mountain Trainer is also available in a lite version for technical hikes that offers the POMOCA Outsole and S Path tread for great traction even on rock, and suede inserts for stability. Specifically designed for women, the Alpenrose 2 Mid GTX is another great trekking shoe option for hiking and fast-paced mountain activities. It is lightweight, has a mesh fabric exterior, Gore-Tex, the POMOCA S- Path Outsole, Ortholite insole, and Salewa 3F system.
The Dropline is a low top, speed hiking shoe that is lightweight with progressive shock absorption technology. It features POMOCA S Path outsole, Ortholite insole, air mesh exterior, EVA midsole for lightweight cushioning and minimal impact force on joints and muscles, an anti-rock heel cup, and Salewa’s 3F system. The Dropline is also available with Gore-Tex waterproofing. Along with this speed hiker, the Ultra Train is another great option for trail running. Very similar to the Dropline, the Ultra Train has an air mesh exterior, POMOCA S Path outsole, anti-rock heel cup, Ortholite insole, and 3F system. It also has motion guidance through the mesh exterior and TPU film that provides superior flex performance, abrasion resistance, and strength against wear and tear.
Salewa’s passion for mountaineering has remained the same since their beginning in 1935. They strive to equip mountaineers with the best gear possible to take on all their adventures. Ready to find your perfect fit to hit the trails? Stop in to Earth’s Edge in Grand Haven Mon-Sat 10-8 and Sun 12-5 to have one of our team members help find your best size and fit! We also offer Salewa footwear on our online store, available for shipping or curbside pickup!
When things get busy in Grand Haven during the summer, you may want to escape to nearby Muskegon for a hike or bike ride along the lakeshore. One trail that hikers and bikers should explore is the Lakeshore Trail — it is 12 miles long and offers amazing views of Muskegon Lake and Lake Michigan. Hikers and bikers will get to walk or bike through the middle of the Muskegon Lake Nature Preserve. Best of all, the path is paved so it is great for hikers and bikers of all experience levels. The path has very few changes in elevation, so it is a perfect path for everyone.
Take A Hike At P.J. Hoffmaster State Park
For those looking for a great place to hike or camp that is close by, check out P.J. Hoffmaster park in Muskegon. This state park is only about 20 minutes from Grand Haven and offers some great hiking trails and a wonderful campground.