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Highland Recreation A-B-C-D Loops

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Trail

14.7 mile 23.6 kilometer point to point
100% Singletrack
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Elevation

Ascent: 1,584' 483 m
Descent: -1,570' -479 m
High: 1,129' 344 m
Low: 975' 297 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)

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

Randy Kessler

Electric Mountain Bikes Not Allowed

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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.

Overview

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.

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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Jun 9, 2019
Joe Igleski
Loops A, B, C only. 10.6mi — 2h 00m
Apr 30, 2019
Christian Clark
damn 16mi
Sep 5, 2018
Ryan Justus
10.3mi
Aug 20, 2018
Davey Washboard
A and d loop 8mi
Aug 14, 2018
Adam Makarewicz
Aug 14, 2018
Jim Shoemaker
Did not ride entire trail. Returning from Canada and made a pit stop here with limited time. This trail will work you with numerous climbs. I go he… 12.2mi
Aug 8, 2018
Christian Clark
14.7mi
Jul 22, 2018
Todd Craine
Ability to focus, mental toughness, will be tested. As will your conditioning. 14.7mi

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Cottonwood fluff lined trail. I'm really not sure where the exact spot is.
Mar 19, 2019 near Milford, MI
Short rock garden at the entry of the A loop makes an excellent filter to indicate what lies ahead on the trail.
Jan 3, 2015 near Milford, MI
Rocky and rooty climb, one of many..this trail always keeps me focused and my heart pumping.
Jan 3, 2015 near Milford, MI
Great views when the leaves are down, but the forest is very dense in the summer months.
Jan 3, 2015 near Milford, MI
Great place to pause and meditate on this fallen rider and the inherent dangers of aerobic exercise in a remote location.
Jan 3, 2015 near Milford, MI
Awesome colors in the fall!
Jan 3, 2015 near Milford, MI

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