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Highbanks Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 4.3 (7)

A point-to-point trail along the Au Sable River.


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6.4

Miles

10.3

KM

100%

Runnable

838' 255 m

High

701' 214 m

Low

55' 17 m

Up

190' 58 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (0°)

5%

Max Grade (3°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Views

Runner Notes

A couple sections are on exposed, sandy power line clear cuts. Flies can be nasty through these areas.

Description

Enjoy this route, strung along the towering bluffs above the Au Sable River is the Highbanks Trail, a skiing and hiking route that was developed through the Corsair Ski Council and the Huron National Forest.

This is a point-to-point trail, and without two vehicles, it’s almost impossible to avoid backtracking. At times, the route also winds close to River Road, and the sound of cars speeding by occasionally breaks up the peaceful tranquility of the wooded path.

But the drawbacks are hardly worth considering when compared with what the Highbanks Trail has to offer: outstanding scenery and views, the possibility of spotting a bald eagle during the spring and summer, and an opportunity to learn about the life of a logger in the 1800s at the Lumberman’s Monument all make this an exciting excursion for any visitor.

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Shared By:

Eric Buscarino

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  4.3 from 7 votes

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#96

in Michigan

#6,975

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It's a long walk down to the Au Sable River.
Mar 27, 2017 near Sand Lake, MI

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Aug 10, 2020
Matt Luck
With Svea 13mi
Jul 10, 2016
Eric Buscarino
Out and back from Iargo to between canoe and lumberman monuments. 4.5mi