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Fun and challenging!

great trail. watch out for the bikers

trail running
20 days ago

I have ran the trail a couple times and really enjoy it, the most difficult trail you will find in southeastern Michigan. Mountain bikes travel in the opposite direction, so you have to keep your eye out for them. I try to get out there early, but still come across a dozen bikers on the weekend.

on Bird Hills Trail

24 days ago

Beautiful trail in many ways. Loved the dam and the views of the river. The problem is BUCKTHORN - the invasive species has overtaken much of this trail. You can tell the city tries to manage it bc some areas have none and then there are forests full nearby.

I was surprised by this trail. I wasn’t expecting it to be much more than a walking path. But had some pretty challenging hills, especially when on the bike trails. I also liked being able to get to the cider mill from the trail.

Family friendly park. Much of the path wide enough for both hikers and bikers. Pretty well groomed. Could have improved marking. Lots of spots to rest and easy access to restroom and trash receptacles.

hiking
24 days ago

Not bad for an in-city hike. Wanted to test out a new backpack so we headed somewhere close to get some time on the pack to see if it is comfortable. A lot of fallen trees over the trail and some expressway noise at the west end. But was a nice option for something close and relatively flat.

on Bird Hills Trail

1 month ago

The trails were good. Rough enough to make you feel like you’re trekking through the wilderness. However, the constant noise from the expressway was a bummer. I guess it would be better than a neighborhood stroll if you live nearby.

hiking
1 month ago

Colors are definitely coming near peak at Scio Forest. Anytime in the next week or so should be beautiful. Today most of the color was on the front section (blue and green loops); the back part of the red loop is still mostly green.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome. Beautiful. Challenging. Repeatable for sure. I did this course in reverse by accident, really rewarding either way. This is a must do.

on Bird Hills Trail

1 month ago

The trails were very nice. I would definitely say I would go back but the noise from M-14 was a bummer and thank goodness for this map. There are no markings and we often seemed to walk off the trail. I like the interactive map as a guide but would prefer to not have to rely on it. We often had to stop to look to determine which path yo take or were backtracking because we missed a turn. The scenery definitely made it better but will plan to check out other trails instead of going back.

hiking
1 month ago

My favorite park in the area, only downside to me is the proximity to M-14. Not challenging enough to be a “hike” in my book but enough elevation change to be interesting and a good workout on the inner loop if that’s what you’re looking for. Trails are not marked. I wouldn’t recommend the entire loop as mapped here, ie through the Kuebler-Langford nature area, as the paths that connect it to Barton Park are little more than just deer track. The grass is too long and the path too unkempt for my taste.

We’ve been there on the weekend in the summer (lots of traffic) and on a football Saturday in September (hardly anyone around). We’ve spotted Pileated Woodpeckers (the big kind) there each time we’ve visited.

This is a great trail. I brought my 9 year old son who’s a 21st century digital boy. Definitely didn’t do the complete 17 miles but with the shortcuts and a few other tricks we made it out and had a great time. Both crooked lake and blind lake campsites are nice. And I loved the water pumps. We still used a sawyer water filter because ya never know. Mosquitos weren’t too bad but that’s probably because haven’t had rain in a week or so. We did have to move aside for about 15 mountain bikers along the way but we could always see them coming. I highly recommend this beautiful trail.

Easy and beautiful hiking! Nice rolling hills.

The trail isn’t too bad, but what is up with all of the single middle aged dudes sitting in their cars in the parking lot. I have been here a couple times on Sunday mornings to see the same thing. It is a little suspicious!

2 months ago

Thank you note to the park rangers who they went of their way to come in and help evacuate one of my friend hiker when she felt sick . I lead hike every weekend almost on this trail. It is one of the most amazing trail in the area .

feels like we're up north hiking with all the inclines and woods surrounding us

Beautiful trail system! Make sure you download the map - there are no trail markings!

hiking
2 months ago

Great trails and a ton of fun

hiking
2 months ago

the trails are a good excersize. but if you camp, there are weird howeling noises at night along the trails for hours. probably dogs? i barely slept, thinking of Bigfoot.

hiking
2 months ago

I love these trails. Be sure you have access to a map though, the trails aren't marked well.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail but make sure you bring a map - there are a lot of smaller loops and in & outs located within the major loop.

mountain biking
3 months ago

awesome trails, not well marked though

hiking
3 months ago

Really nice trails, not very well marked so it was hard to tell if you were going the right way

Nice wooded Hike !

mountain biking
4 months ago

Trails were great! Well maintained and had options for beginners and seasoned mountain bikers. However, trails were not marked well. Was my first time riding there the other day and got lost multiple times. Had no idea were I was or where I was going. Had to back track a couple times. Trails are good, just work on signs!

Hardly anybody on trails was real nice.
Terrain was good (flat) but no issues.

Went on a 90 degree day (mid day) and the heat didn’t bother me, but some black flys ruined my run.

Had bug spray on, but that didn’t seem to help.

Think would be much better during a non-Black day attack aka different time of day or different season

I’ve been visiting Bloomer Park for years walking, hiking and even floated down the Clinton River when the water level was a bit higher. Love this park!

Nice secluded trail. Trails aren’t marked well, but it’s not hard to figure it out. We had to backtrack twice but it just added to the experience.

Quite, alone except for two cyclists, lots of spiders and one snake. Couple of places bit more challenging than “moderate”. Wonderful hike, felt like I was in a wilderness. One disturbing thing, someone used spray paint on trees to mark trail.

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