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Highland Recreation A-B-C-D Loops

 4.4 (41)

14.7 Miles 23.6 Kilometers


100%

Singletrack

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

Shared By Randy Kessler

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

Randy Kessler

Dogs Leashed

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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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Sep 5, 2018
Ryan Justus
10.3mi
Aug 20, 2018
Davey Washboard
A and d loop 8mi
Aug 14, 2018
Adam Makarewicz
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
Jun 24, 2018
Erik Schleede
Apr 15, 2018
Rick Garcia
Did A and B only
Oct 22, 2017
Felix R
11.1mi

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  4.4 from 41 votes

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  4.4 from 41 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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