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Had a beautiful hike at HSRA - the Oaks, remaining maple leaves, and beeches were in peak color (to the extent Oaks have peak color). I expect most leaves and color will be gone in another week. Trails were in great shape despite a fair bit of rain the past week. Only a few issues, mostly with trail marking, but also recommend you do this trail clockwise, rather than counterclockwise as shown on the track: the trail posts/markers face a clockwise hiker, not the counterclockwise hiker. That said, all my comments are from counterclockwise hiking (live and don't learn). 1) go to the picnic shelter parking lot (marker #22 on the official map - http://www.michigandnr.com/ParksandTrails/Details.aspx?id=284&type=SPTR) - the trailhead isn't actually marked there, but go to the shelter, then past it toward the horseshoe pits, there you'll see the trail heading toward the lake (we went counter clockwise). 2) We missed the turnoff about .3 miles after marker 12 (heading from 12 toward 10), so we ended up continuing on to 10, took the Chief Pontiac Trail (hard to see, is a bit before marker 10 when coming from 12) over to 4, rather than staying on the horse trail to 9 and then to 4. This wasn't a big deal - nice scenery here and added about 0.5 miles. Once we got back on the loop shown here, we missed another turn just past 5 (maybe 300ft or so). It's a very small trail, with a small tree down across it, just as you come along/past the south end of Haven Lake - if you find yourself heading east with no lakeshore on your left, you missed the turn. The scenery on this "mistake" wasn't as good as on the correct trail. All good fun. As always, photos are geo-tagged on my track and more/higher res versions are at https://johnmetzler.smugmug.com/Parks/Highland-State-Recreation-Area/Haven-Hill-Lake-loop/

Some areas of the trail were very scenic. I liked the diversity of all the different sections. The noise pollution was just out of control. The highway noise is constant along the entire trail. There is also a shooting range where people are constantly shooting. You this as well along the entire trail. One section would be nice, but somebody put trespassing signs up and built of hills so you can’t see their personal, massive lake. Then, when you do get to the nice lake, there are businesses all along one side. Some sections of the trail were not marked well and even though I followed the signs, somehow got off the main trail. There was also a small stump that stuck up around 2 - 3 inches right in the middle of the trail that made me trip and fall. It’s absolutely impossible to see with leaves and is ridiculous that it was left like that. I will probably never visit the trail again and wouldn’t recommend it.

hiking
16 days ago

I was pleasantly surprised by the first 3rd of this trail. The landscape is great! I like many of the hills and marshlands even better than the hills in Pinckney. Then, out of the blue, you end up in somebody’s backyard. You have to then hike down a street in a small subdivision until you find the hill with the trail. Back on the trail at this point is probably the best section in the park, then you get to a couple more houses. Once you pass the road, the trail gets pretty uninteresting. There’s lots of overgrowth with twists and turns. Just not my cup of tea.

Having said all of that, I will still be visiting the trail again and again. The sections in the first half of the hike are beautiful. Some of the best around southeast Michigan.

1 month ago

Great trail with some nice hills to add a little challenge. Really beautiful and peaceful - I think I passed maybe three other hikers on this loop on a Saturday morning. It did throw me a bit when I ended up on what felt like a pretty long stretch on a dirt road. I'm still not convinced I didn't miss a sign to get back on the trail more quickly but ultimately I did end up back on the trail (there were stairs leading up to the trail on the left hand side of the road). I will definitely do this hike again!

trail running
1 month ago

Great 5 mile loop in the state park. Used to run this one all the time and the hills are tough but great. No better feeling than flying down one of the hills either. Challenging, but totally worthwhile and lovely scenery.

For some odd reason I started this loop clockwise from the parking lot . At first I had some difficulty staying on the trail. There’s a lack of markers at that end. The rest was really nice , well marked. Lots of boardwalks and not too many hills. It had a northern Michigan feel. Lots of deer. I’d do it again .

on Penosha Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful nature trail through the woods - a small part goes through a meadow and another along a dirt road. No mountain bikers on this trail, they have their own. On a Friday afternoon we passed ten other hikers. There are about six benches along the route and most of them are between markers 7 and 10. Good footwear is a must. We hiked this trail in just under 2 hours. We will be back :)

Very nice trail. It was almost entirely covered with trees. 4.5 miles didn't feel like it. Moderate elevations along the way. I would definitely come back.

hiking
2 months ago

trash everywhere and down trees. no real place to hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice beginning, opens up to a small lake. Tried to take the longer end of the loop but had to turn around (F-G). Not a cleared trail, overgrown, lots of brush.

Initial part of beach walk is essentially gone. Had to scramble over rubble and through bushes to avoid wading in lake. Better after 0.5 mi.

This is my favorite hike. The trails are all blazed nicely with trail maps at intersections. Trails are well maintained and wide with some boardwalks through the marsh and bog areas. Lots of different trail options so it doesn't get monotonous. There are 2 lakes. At the north end of the park you will hear traffic noise from M-59 but other than that I have to say this trail is just about perfect. It's my favorite place to hike.

3 months ago

A very solid moderate trail for starters. I was also surprised how hilly it was compared to how flat Michigan is. Benches and markers on trail.

hiking
3 months ago

I went here to hike the 12 mile loop but it was for mountain bikers mostly and didn’t want to get run over. However, this trail is quite the gem! I started around 9:45am and there wasn’t many people. Very quiet walk and absolutely beautiful trees and scenery. The trail was also mostly completed shaded! I will be back.

Nice hike to hidden swimming lake.

on Yellow Trail Loop

hiking
4 months ago

So many bikers but it is July 4th so I guess a crowd at the parks is to be expected. Be cautious as you hike, as there are a few narrow and winding sections of trail. Sorry to the guy that fell off his bike as he stopped to avoid hitting me! Most bikers were nice enough to say how many were behind them.

hiking
4 months ago

This is a very natural trail. Not overly groomed but well marked and easy to navigate. I would have liked a bench or two and an outhouse, but otherwise a great trail. Not too busy. Campground was quiet.

Great trail with young and old tree growth.

Impressive little wooded trail. I expected it to run alongside the road but didn't. Saw a couple deer & plenty of squirrel. The lake views are nice at sunset with plenty of beach and overlook areas, if you choose to stop. The latter part of the trail seems to be used less... but never really encountered much activity when I've been there. Pines, lakes, hardwoods, a little more fun terrain at the end. Nice loop.

mountain biking
5 months ago

Mountain Biking

very pretty. moderate hills are a challenge.

Had problems locating the start of the trail the road said it was private. Once hooked up to the trail it was beautiful. Just what I needed. There was a marathon race going on & we did step aside for the racers. Even with that going on we still had a peaceful hike. Will definitely do this again.

hiking
6 months ago

Well-maintained sandy trail, narrow at times with a few hills sprinkled in! A lot of mountain bikers, who are courteous and some you can run into a few times due to the nature of the course, and a few like-minded hikers and runners. Make sure you walk against the bikers for safety reasons.

hiking
6 months ago

One of our favorite hikes 5 miles in 90 minutes. Take that step counters! :)

Fun hike! Woodsier than Kensington trails

trail running
7 months ago

Great for running, but could be better marked.

Nice little hike for training.

trail running
11 months ago

nice trail for running. lots of lake virtues and not too many hills. really pretty in the fall. ran on a Saturday at 1:00 PM and only saw a few people.

will be back for more fun.

trail running
Saturday, October 28, 2017

Great trail to run with no bikes. Ran the hiking trail around noon on a Friday. Only saw 4 people. Colors were pretty good. Really scenic.

hiking
Monday, October 23, 2017

Shout out to Greg Tasker and his 5-star trails of Ann Arbor & Detroit (https://www.trails.com/catalog_product.aspx?productfamilyid=11164) for convincing me to come to BSRA for fall color - Penosha was beautiful today. Even the boring back section on the road was pretty. The woods were so nice, I had to turn around and do the Kahchin right after the Penosha. The trails were very busy today, saw 30 or so others on the trails.
As always, the trails were in great shape, nice amount of up and down. Very pleasant afternoon.

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