Brighton Recreation Area Loop Trails is a 12.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Brighton, Michigan that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length12.3 miElevation gain741 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashHikingHorseback ridingMountain bikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRunningForestViewsWildflowersWildlife
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Brandon Miller
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Daniel Powers
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Mike Dunn
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Jim Brown
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Claudia Zonca
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Mountain bikingGreat!

Fun trail. Took my 10 and 12 year olds out today. We had to walk up a lot of the hills and sometimes walk our bikes down too. It was challenging but glad we did it. Not very busy on a 32 degree day in December

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Carlz Lacson
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Hiking

Trail is nice and twisty. First 2 miles, lots of steep elevation changes. For a newbie like me, the uphill climbs killed my legs, making the rest of the trail more difficult than it actually is. watch your speed, plenty of tight turns and tree roots and dry leaves making traction slippery. Overall, fun trail.

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Melissa Byrd
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Hiking

There is a high risk The great trails were bike trails. However, they are narrow and windy and risk running into bikes at fast speeds. The walking path was nice enough, but pretty short and heavily trafficked.

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J Sho
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Mountain biking

Directional trail, easy to follow with markers every 1/2 mile. Southern half is more technical and hard, a lot of roots and sharp turns on inclines. Northern half is easier and faster.

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Arun Palanisamy
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Prasad Pinnamaraju
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Dave Loesel
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This is a great trail, there is a very small section which is inaccessible due to overgrowth and downed trees ...this caused me to have to go around, and pick up the trail again adding more distance......I started early in the morning, only a few mountain bikers, and only one couple hiking....There are a few nice inclines, but really nothing too challenging....Lots and lots of switchbacks and zig zags made the hike seem pretty fast.....Total distance was just over 16 miles....

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Dave Loesel
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Cindy Wilson
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Brian Coutts
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Something for everyone. Flowing XC on Appleton and Murray lake, tough and steep climbs back-to-back on torn shirt.

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John Allen
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Hiking

Torn shirt is insane, hills with giant blue icke and roots.

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Danny Robertson
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Mountain biking

Lots of over growth but otherwise a good trail

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Timothy Ryan
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Well maintained trail with quite a few mountain bikers. it was a bit repetitive and buggy.

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Daniel Butler
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Hiking

Pretty easy trail. Very well traveled. We did both the hiking trails...fairly scenic for southeastern mi I guess. Lots of people but it was a perfect day to hike so it was expected.

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Aparna Bankston
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This is a great trail!! My friend and I did about 5 miles but we could have sworn the trail said it was 6... so we must have missed a loop or something. Regardless this trail is maybe moderate but not difficult. It’s very well shaded and traffic was light. It was easy to follow and we were covered in bug spray but there were plenty of critters flying around. I definitely recommend!

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Bradley Cardinale
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Hiking

Nice trail in a decent wooded nature area in SE Michigan. We went on the 4.5 mile loop. First part was a bit overly trafficked. But as we got a few miles in, it was quiet and serene. Ranks in my top 20 for this area.

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Scott VanOchten
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For someone that has spent years beating up my body, this was quite a challenge. Be careful of the roots, but great place.

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Cameron Hamilton
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Daniel Caverly
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this was a nice trail, it was a bunch of smaller trails that make one big trail. witch some allowed bikes an hikiers an some only hikers. they have a big parking lot an plenty of facilities. lots of big trees casting alot of shade. the trails are groomed very well.

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Chris Traudt
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Was doing great: 6 miles in with only 4 breaks and 5 hills walked until a stick caught in my derailer and snapped the whole thing. Had to run/walk the rest back

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squirrel jenkins
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Hiking

a little busy, beautiful Hills, nice scenery. I always love flush toilets.

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Chris Traudt
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Hiking

Only 1 break on all of Murray @ Purple/Orange trailhead

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Gretchen Pietila
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Hiking

Tight, narrow challenging biking trails! Keeps you on your toes with roots. You will brush up against a lot of weeds so be warned if you are susceptible to poison ivy etc. Only downfall is that the trail markings aren't clear, or not abundant enough. We go in a small group and we still get lost! Bummer to have to stop and figure out where to go.

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Heidi Allen
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Hiking

Brighton Recreation has two dedicated loops for hiking and trail running- Yellow Loop, Kachin Trail has a moderate climb and clocks in at 1.7 miles. Blue Loop, Penosha is longer at approximately 4.8 miles with an elevation gain of about 475 feet. The trails connect and can be done individually or together. Though close to civilization at several points, Yellow Loop is not distracting visually or audibly. There is a half mile section of Blue Loop that is a local road, so beware.

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Travis Smith
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Deep forest trail that is more for mountain biking than hiking. Not a lot of variation or points of interest for hikers, but I'm sure it would be a fun bike ride. Lots more people than I was expecting.

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