ElevationAscent: 55' 17 m
Descent: -190' -58 m
High: 838' 255 m
Low: 701' 214 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (0°)
Max Grade: 5% (3°)
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“A point-to-point trail along the Au Sable River.”— Eric Buscarino
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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Land Manager: USFS - Huron & Manistee National Forests Office