“A jewel of a trail with tight twisty singletrack, rock gardens, and roots in a dense hardwood forest”
— Randy Kessler
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.
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.
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.