“A technical and hilly run (for SE Michigan).”
— Susan Moore
Birding · Fall Colors · Wildflowers · Wildlife
The trail is never closed, but be very aware of hunting seasons. Small game lasts until April 1, and the hunters can be abundant during mild winters. Also popular for deer hunting in the fall.
This is one of the most technical, hilly singletracks in Southeast MI. It was designed for mountain bike use so the trails are narrow and technical. Expect 100% singletrack, with connecting horse trails, running trails, and even dirt roads to add additional mileage. The total distance for this run was actually closer to 16.7 miles in the end.
Need to Know
There is no water available at the trailhead. Single outhouse. Deer flies can be aggressive in summer.
Rocky and rooty, compared to other trails in the area. Intended to be narrow and technical for challenging biking, which makes for great trail running training!
This is the most technical and hilly trail in the immediate vicinity. The trailhead parking is located off of Livingston Rd (dirt). There is a single outhouse (not well maintained) and no water source in the parking lot.
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.
Flora & Fauna
In spring, trillums are abundant by the start/end of the trail. Later in the year, look for the all white corpse plant. Owls can be heard, especially in spring, and pileated woodpeckers are out there all year long.