Highland State Recreation Area
ElevationAscent: 1,030' 314 m
Descent: -1,030' -314 m
High: 1,117' 340 m
Low: 979' 298 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)
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Mountain Bike Trail
9.7 mi 15.5 km • Loop • 673 ft Ascent 205.23 m Ascent
The Ode to Laz Trail Loop
4.2 mi 6.7 km • Loop • 297 ft Ascent 90.6 m Ascent
Maybury State Park
7.3 mi 11.8 km • Out and Back • 433 ft Ascent 131.94 m Ascent
Marshall Nature Area and Tom A. Freeman Preserve Loop
2.3 mi 3.7 km • Out and Back • 190 ft Ascent 58.01 m Ascent
Ford Field Park
5.5 mi 8.8 km • Loop • 42 ft Ascent 12.79 m Ascent
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“A technical and hilly run (for SE Michigan).”— Susan Moore
Cross the road to get onto the mountain bike trails. There are 4 totals loops (A, B, C and D), along with a cut-off in the B Loop, so a run can be easily shortened or lengthened.
The trail travels almost completely through heavily wooded areas, which provide great shade against the summer sun. Winter provides some nice views through the woods. There are no water crossings.
The trail crosses over a horse trail that circles the perimeter of mountain bike trails, which is wider and less technical, but also nice and hilly. The horse trails has "emergency outs" onto the surrounding dirt roads, which also provide a good running surface with low traffic in the mornings.You can also run through the horse tunnel under Duck Lake Rd to connect with additional running and horse trails.
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Land Manager: MI DNR - Highland Recreation Area