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Hewen's Creek

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Length

5.3 Miles 8.5 Kilometers


95%

Singletrack

Elevation

79' 24 m

Ascent

-78' -24 m

Descent

1%

Avg Grade (0°)

3%

Max Grade (2°)

745' 227 m

High

713' 217 m

Low

Conditions


Minor Issues 20 days ago
Some Mud - Face slappers cleared and it’s a decent ride! History

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Flat, easy riding through young growth forest and meadows. A great beginner or recovery trail.

Chris Billman

Overview [Suggest Changes]

Open dawn to dusk.
Hewen's Creek Park is an oasis of wildness in a rural-suburban setting. A relatively large roadless, non-agricultural area for southeastern Michigan, it is home to a very interesting variety of wildlife. The list of species found includes coyotes, pheasants, rabbits, deer, songbirds and migratory waterfowl. Parts of the park are also characterized by a very dynamic vegetation cover.

Although some of the park is covered by woodlots that change slowly, other parts are undergoing rapid changes. Specifically, the eastern field that was formerly farmed is quickly being colonized by aspen and soon will be a young forest. The wooded swamp in the southeastern part of the park is becoming more open as the many ash trees found there succumb to the emerald ash borer.

Those who like to fish will find big bluegill and bass in the pond near the Bemis Road entrance. In contrast to nearby Rolling Hills Park the terrain is relatively flat owing to it being part of an old glacial lake bed. The vegetation is typical of such areas and is very colorful in the fall.
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Family Friendly: Simple, flat riding for all levels of riders, including young kids.
Dogs: Leashed

Need to Know [Suggest Changes]

You can keep current on Hewen's Creek by checking out their Twitter feed, here.

Description [Suggest Changes]

The multi-use recreational trails within the park traverse the many environments described above. The Central Loop (Yellow) runs beside the pond, passes through parts of woodlots, next to wooded swamps and runs through old agricultural fields with detours through wooded fence lines. The Eastern Loop (Red) twists its way through old field converting to young forest. The Northwest Loop (Orange) winds its way through lowland forest and along a creek and pond.

From a mountain biking perspective, the trail is rated easy but does put a premium on bike handling if you try to go fast. There are a few "obstacles" along the trail here and there but they can easily be gone around or stepped over. Some areas can be wet after a heavy rain and it is probably best to avoid this trail in early spring and after big downpours. If you ride quietly you'll probably hear and maybe see wildlife.

If you desire a longer ride, you can combine the Hewen's Creek ride with the trail in Rolling Hills Park, just west down Bemis road about 1/4 of a mile. There is a connector trail into Rolling Hills at the northwest corner of Bemis and Stony Creek Roads.

History & Background [Suggest Changes]

Other Useful LinksCurrent trail conditions on MMBA Forum
Hewen's Creek on Poto Chapter Website

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Jun 4, 2018
Bob Hollen
Rode thru tonight and most of the trail is on great shape!
May 26, 2018
Bob Hollen
All the trail has been mowed and some parts have been weed whacked thanks to UKHiker. Muddy in some spots, which you might have to walk around.
Apr 21, 2018
Bob Hollen
Hiked through today and found it muddy in some spots but drying on most. Cleared a couplet of trees brought down ny the ice storm.
Apr 13, 2018
Jack Hardenburg
Dec 3, 2017
Fengyi Chen
Muddy and watch out for the two way traffic 5.3mi
Sep 2, 2017
Dylan Wright
Sep 2, 2017
Robert Monchamp
Jul 29, 2017
Shawn Turek

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