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Rouge Park Mountain Bike and Hiking Hybrid Trail

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A singletrack trail that is used for both running and mountain biking.


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2.1

Miles

3.3

KM

98%

Runnable

619' 189 m

High

591' 180 m

Low

132' 40 m

Up

134' 41 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Unknown

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

Need to Know

There are a few portions of the trail with an angled slope and steep hills. They are not major but enough to make note of.

Runner Notes

If you are going to run this trail, make sure you pay attention to the ground as it is not level. There are many sharp twists and turns so being aware of where you're going at all times is necessary.

Description

Rouge Park is the largest park in the city of Detroit, MI. It is home to many miles of running and biking trails covering many types of terrain from forests to wetlands to prairies.The Mountain Bike and Hiking Trail shown here is one of three running trails that all have trail-heads at the same intersection, making accessing the different trails fairly easy.The Mountain Bike and Hiking Trail is a little over two miles long on the main track with a few other spurs of trail, that are marked by wooden arrows, making the whole trail add up to about three miles.

The trail is a singletrack, large enough for one person or one bike to navigate the trail. There are multiple wooden bridges over small streams and wetlands. The trail twists and winds in some areas around large trees and steep terrain. At the far end of the trail by Joy Rd, the trail exits the woods to the road where you must cross the Rouge River to enter the woods again and continue on the trail.

Overall, the trail is in fair condition and is clear of any major obstructions. On some portions of the trail, poison ivy has crossed the path. Make sure to wear proper footwear and pants and you can enjoy your time with a beautiful piece of nature.

Flora & Fauna

This trail is home to animals like deer, wild turkeys, coyotes, foxes, blue heron, birds, squirrels and many more. Often times, frogs and toads will hop across the trail while you run. There are many, many towering trees creating a beautiful canopy. Along the trail you'll also see different flowers, mushrooms, and other plants like poison ivy. The poison ivy is more prominent on the side of the trail closest to W Outer Drive on the first quarter mile.

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Photos

The trailhead for the Mountain Bike and Hiking Trail on the corner of Outer Drive and Tireman Avenue.
Jun 29, 2018 near Dearbor…, MI
Branches lining part of the path.
Jun 29, 2018 near Dearbor…, MI
The pathway on the Prairie Trail
Jun 30, 2018 near Dearbor…, MI
The bridge over the Rouge River on the Mountain Bike and Hiking Trail in Rouge Park. A bird flying over the river.
Jun 29, 2018 near Dearbor…, MI
The Trailhead and signage for Stone Bridge Nature Trail as seen from the road. (Tireman Ave.)
Aug 13, 2017 near Dearbor…, MI
Deer tracks along the path of the Mountain Bike and Hiking Trail.
Jun 29, 2018 near Dearbor…, MI

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Apr 21, 2020
Frank Cash
So much mud. 2.1mi — 0h 21m