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Highland Recreation A-B-C-D Loops

 32 votes

Length

14.7 Miles 23.6 Kilometers


100%

Singletrack

Elevation

1,584' 483 m

Ascent

-1,570' -479 m

Descent

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

1,129' 344 m

High

975' 297 m

Low

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A jewel of a trail with tight twisty singletrack, rock gardens, and roots in a dense hardwood forest

Randy Kessler

Overview

Popular with hunters during deer season. Check Michigan DNR site for exact dates and wear orange when appropriate. A Michigan "Recreation Passport" is required to park at the trailhead.
Bob Yankus devoted 2 years to lay out a trail that was non-raceable, and no straight sections in excess of 50 feet! This trail, completed in 1995, has stood the test of time as it incorporated many of today's IMBA's "Trail Solutions" principles such as filters, stacked loops, erosion control, and has a very sweet and technical flow. This is not a trail for beginners, but for those intermediate riders looking to take it up a notch. Experienced riders that love tight singletrack through a dense forest will love this trail.
Dogs: Leashed

Need to Know

A "Recreation Passport" is required to park at the trailhead. There are currently not a lot of emergency exit points and even completing the A&B sections can be overwhelming for the less experienced. You are deep in the woods and should travel with appropriate emergency equipment for repairs, bug repellent, etc.. It may be a bit of hike out of the woods if you or your bike break down.

Description

From the trailhead on Livingston Road, ride the A Loop (3.8 miles) & B Loop (9.7 miles) as the basic continuous trail. You can add the C Loop (2.7 miles, offshoot of B Loop) and / or D Loop (3.8 miles, offshoot of A Loop) for a total of 16.2 miles.

Your time will be spent navigating rocks and roots on this narrow singletrack-lovers heaven. There is plenty of off-camber trail to keep you on your toes, too. Beginners should ride this trail with other experienced riders; it is a challenging ride. The basic A/B Loop defines the character of this trail, while C Loop adds more rock passages. D Loop is the most technical with lots of tight, off-camber up and downturns and some extended climbing. Advanced riders ONLY should attempt this loop. If you plan on riding all loops, allow at least 2+ hours.

History & Background

Haven Hill, the Estate of Edsel Ford from 1923-1943, is now part of Highland State Recreation. and is adjacent to Mountain Bike Trail.

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Oct 22, 2017
Felix R
11.1mi
Sep 16, 2017
James Callihan
Sep 9, 2017
Michael Carnaghi
A & B Loops 8.8mi
Sep 7, 2017
Christian Gray
Sep 4, 2017
ryguy79 Kildee
Rode all 4 loops. Garmin/Strava says 13.8 miles. Pretty fun but I must be jaded after a decade in Colorado. Not really what I would call very te... 13.8mi
Aug 15, 2017
Michael Carnaghi
A & B Loop 7.8mi
Aug 12, 2017
Doug Cyporyn
Rode ABC loops 15.4mi
Aug 11, 2017
Gidrovlicheskiy Yarost
Trails were bone dry. Lots of thunder overhead but no rain. — 2h 30m

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  4.4 from 32 votes

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Fun, very twisty single track. Loop A and B offer wide enough trails, then C and D get tighter. Some big log overs, couple of drops. All very fun. Though I agree with other comments that this was not really technical. I enjoyed the trail and will keep this on my list for when I get back to the area. May 14, 2017
Highland Rec is a really good workout because you never really get a chance to recover fully. Always turning, descending or climbing. For some really technical riding in Mich, go to Copper Harbor in the Upper Peninsula. The upcoming Copper Harbor Trails Fest is Sept. 1-3, copperharbortrails.org/even…. The Marquette trail system is excellent as well and nearby Aug 9, 2017
These twisty trails are rather advanced. They seem more difficult than they really due to the high physical demands. There a lots of semi-sandy sections which slow you down subtly and lots of uphill sections with roots, rocks, and turns that make the climbs that much more difficult. I've seen more than a couple riders wipeout from loss of focus due to exhaustion. Take extra care to stay focused. Aug 13, 2017

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