“D Loop is the 4th of the 4 stacked loops in Highland State Rec. Extended climbs & rock gardens.
— 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.
Clockwise travel ONLY!
D loop is the most technical of the Highland Recreation A-B-C-D Loops
with lots of tight, off-camber up and downturns and some extended climbs. Only Advanced riders should attempt this loop.
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 is 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 system, while C Loop
adds more rock passages. If you plan on riding all loops, allow at least 2+ hours