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  • mountain biking (>6 month)
  • hiking (1 year)
  • moto (1 year)
Activity Recordings
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      This is the trail everyone wants kept secret. Built by mountain bikers for mountain bikers, 16.2 miles of winding, climbing narrow single track provides an incredible aerobic and technical challenge for any rider.

      You will need to work a little harder to get cooking on this trail. Your time is spent navigating rocks and roots. This technical single-track heaven has plenty of off-camber trail to keep you on your toes too. Beginners should ride this trail with other experienced riders. Most riders do A loop?s 3.8 miles, & B loop 5.9 miles for a total of 9.7 miles. Please note the recent addition of a new cut off point on B loop. Add on the C loop?s 2.7 miles, (an offshoot of B loop) or D loop 3.8 miles (offshoot of A loop). The basic A/B loop define the character of this trail, while C loop adds more rock passages. D loop is the most technical with lots of tight, off camber turns. Riding all 4 loops will require climbing approximately 2000 feet, and you should allow between 2-3 hours.

      Thirty rustic campsites are available. MTB trails cross but do not share the horse trails.
      Primary Trail Type: Cross-Country
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      Region Details
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      • 3

      Region Status
      Open as of Sep 30, 2021
      Local Trail Association

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails (view details)
      35
      Trails Mountain Bike
      7
      Trails Hike
      35
      Trails Trail Running
      35
      Trails Horse
      28
      Trails Observed Trials
      1
      Total Distance
      61 miles
      Total Descent
      3,713 ft
      Total Vertical
      185 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      1,134 ft
      Reports
      49
      Photos
      20
      Ridden Counter
      1,868

      Popular Highland Recreation Area Mountain Biking Trails

      Highland Recreation Area Mountain Bike Routes

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      Highland Intermediate Route
      8 miles
      Highland Hard Route
      13 miles

      Recent Ridelog Activity in Region

      Today
      • 0 rides
      Yesterday
      • 0 rides
      Past Week
      • 14 rides

      Photos of Highland Recreation Area Mountain Bike

      trail: D Loop Access
      42 |
      Apr 14, 2021 @ 12:21pm
      Apr 14, 2021
      trail: B Loop
      42 |
      Apr 14, 2021 @ 12:20pm
      Apr 14, 2021
      trail: C Loop
      52 |
      Mar 21, 2021 @ 6:10pm
      Mar 21, 2021
      trail: B Loop
      110 |
      Jan 4, 2020 @ 7:13pm
      Jan 4, 2020
      trail: B Loop
      88 |
      Jan 4, 2020 @ 7:13pm
      Jan 4, 2020
      trail: B Loop
      97 |
      Jan 4, 2020 @ 7:13pm
      Jan 4, 2020
      trail: B Loop
      81 |
      Jan 4, 2020 @ 7:13pm
      Jan 4, 2020
      trail: C Loop
      102 |
      Jan 4, 2020 @ 7:01pm
      Jan 4, 2020

      Current Trail Warnings

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      D Loop
      Sep 30, 2021 @ 5:11am
      Sep 30, 2021
      Idealacr21

      Recent Trail Reports

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      C Loop
      Sep 4, 2021 @ 6:59am
      Sep 4, 2021
      Drylorenk3 MCMBA
      A Loop
      Apr 28, 2021 @ 7:56pm
      Apr 28, 2021
      IdealBrandonbarkhouse05Tacky hero dirt
      B Loop
      Mar 21, 2021 @ 6:08pm
      Mar 21, 2021
      Variablesteelispossiblyreal
      A Loop Access
      Mar 20, 2021 @ 11:24am
      Mar 20, 2021
      IdealGetrad68
      D Loop Access
      Aug 31, 2020 @ 9:09am
      Aug 31, 2020
      IdealKz44tz

      Activity Feed

      usernameactiontypetitledate
      user #2332129acr21addreportD Loop
      Sep 30, 2021 @ 5:11am
      Sep 30, 2021
      user #1451967lorenk3addreportC Loop
      Sep 4, 2021 @ 1:19pm
      Sep 4, 2021
      user #923397pallareawishlisttrailC Loop
      Aug 6, 2021 @ 7:34pm
      Aug 6, 2021
      user #2148539tlobbecommenttrailB Loop
      Aug 6, 2021 @ 8:05am
      Aug 6, 2021
      user #1577437ddiaz312addreportC Loop
      Jul 15, 2021 @ 1:09pm
      Jul 15, 2021

      Recent Comments

      usernametypetitlecommentdate
      user #2148539tlobbetrailB LoopAwesome conditions
      Aug 6, 2021 @ 8:05am
      Aug 6, 2021
      user #2192907steelispossiblyrealreportC LoopTree down
      Jul 9, 2021 @ 9:26am
      Jul 9, 2021
      user #2192907steelispossiblyrealtrailC LoopC loop is a little different from ABD in that...
      Mar 21, 2021 @ 6:07pm
      Mar 21, 2021
      user #2192907steelispossiblyrealtrailD LoopAll of the Highland loops are really fun,...
      Mar 17, 2021 @ 9:46am
      Mar 17, 2021
      user #16576815010trailA LoopRight before you go around the berm before the...
      Oct 18, 2019 @ 7:08am
      Oct 18, 2019

      Nearby Areas

      namedistance
      Milford Trail 12.9 km
      Proud Lake 294.2 km
      Hickory Glen Park 1 176.6 km
      Kensington Metropark6.6 km
      Pontiac Lake Recreation Area 11 27.7 km

      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike714 miles2,454 ft6 miles157 ft
      #1,971#1,026204922,088
      Hike3561 miles3,714 ft10 miles184 ft
      #1,548#9144989
      Trail Running3561 miles3,714 ft10 miles184 ft
      #1,553#91449115
      Horse2848 miles1,260 ft4 miles184 ft
      #1,049206
      Observed Trials12,946 ft39 ft853 ft26 ft
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      • Admins: MCMBA
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      • highland recreation area activity log | embed map of Highland Recreation Area mountain bike trails | highland recreation area mountain biking points of interest

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