The Spring lake trail and other connecting trails at Independence Oaks County park are the steepest and longest hill that I have found in South East Michigan. I use these trails to prepare for my summer Colorado hikes. The ground drains well and the tails are in good shape even after rains. The trails are wide a smooth and well maintained. This park is also loaded with wild life. In addition to the typical deer, Beaver are active in the park. For bird watchers, I have seen red headed and Pilated wood peckers. Sand Hill cranes like the Marshy area on the South East side of the lake.

Great trail - Do it often

Nice Trail for a family hike. Wide easy to follow trails.

I'm at this park/trail 4-5 times a week for my workout. Decent little hills, typically quiet, always clean. Some beautiful lake views and the feeling of being far from the city. An annual Oakland county parks pass is only $30, and well worth the price!

fun hike. one of the few metro Detroit trails I've found with some hills. if anyone knows of other nearby hilly areas, I'd love some suggestions.

Sunday, August 09, 2015

I agree with John but go in main entrance on Sashabaw, go right at the tee, & go to end of road in parking lot by nature center. There is a fee, BTW, but worth it. Starting there by end of parking lot, Springlake is trail to RIGHT of fork. But hard to get lost: almost every junction has weatherproof map on post to tell you where to go. I like Springlake with Gray loop & come back by Rocky Ridge. Some hills so why rated moderate. Got used to the gravel but rather they hadn't. For these trails almost completely shaded: didn't really need sunscreen but would for ones around lake. And plan for more like 5 miles for my route.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Trails are not nearly as difficult as the rating implies. For older people looking for a scenic walk.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

These trails are actually in the Independence Oaks County Park off Sashabaw Road for the person who could not find it. After doing this hike a couple of times I determined that for true hikers you want to do the Springlake trail and then add the Ted gray loop. If you hike the loop counterclockwise, where the trail splits for the lakeshore portion stay to the left. It stays a hiking trail. The trail to the right turns into a multi purpose trail, not very scenic and alot more crowded. After figuring this out this has been become of my better regular hikes.

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Saturday, June 09, 2012

i am not a fan of the gravel they have put on many areas as it is hard to run on without hurting my feet. trails are nice though at the park.

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Bell hidden trail. Couldn't find it.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

love.this trail and park, great for kayaking too

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