Highbanks Trail

MODERATE 28 reviews
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Highbanks Trail is a 12.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Oscoda, Michigan that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
12.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
646 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

river

views

2 days ago

Powerlines and traffic noise, disappointing hike.

hiking
2 days ago

Very pleasant trail. The 4-mile stretch between Iargo Springs and the Lumberman's Monument is quite flat, and very doable for any hiking ability. Most of the trail meanders through the pine forest with occasional views of the Au Sable River. Despite seeing quite a few people at either endpoint of the trail, the trail itself was very lightly trafficked, even on a Saturday afternoon. Downsides of this trail include a stretch following power lines, and reasonably close proximity to a road. I think this trail would be even better in the fall.

birding
9 days ago

especially great for birding. saw scarlet tanagers. beautiful trail

2 months ago

Just went there on memorial day and it kicked my ass but loved it. Hope to run it again someday.

hiking
3 months ago

Camped at Cooke Dam and then hiked. Trail has some very nice overlooks and when you get to the high elevation it is pretty flat for a good while. It did not feel like it was as long as it was

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful and the dunes were the best part

hiking
5 months ago

I have spent a fair amount of time in this area. It’s a very “doable” hike for just about anyone. That’s the best part. I took my family with me today. We spotted a vehicle so we could just walk it one way. Enough snow on the trail to make things occasionally slippery but not enough to need snowshoes. Very pretty red pines and other lowland boreal forest looking terrain. It’s worth the hike.

hiking
5 months ago

Cool trail that travels along the AuSable River. Trailhead is at Largo Springs and passes through Canoer’s Memorial and Lumbermans Monument. 6.4 miles one way. Great dune views near end.

hiking
10 months ago

One of the most scenic lower Michigan hikes you can do. Run down the dunes to the river and back up again.

hiking
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Miles of hiking along the AuSable River with some gorgeous views. I'm ready to go back this year to spot all the fall colors (maybe even make time for a canoe trip on the river). One of the best hiking trails to represent my hometown. ❤❤❤❤

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Been running and training on this trail for years. Just challenging enough to keep it tough but gentle enough to keep it fun.

trail running
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Ran this trail from Iargo Springs to Lumber Mans Monument. Total distance from Iargo to Lumber Mans is only 3.6 Miles. Not sure how these are mapped out since I keep reading conflicting distances. Even the trail head map put up by the forest service was wrong distance wise. Otherwise a great trail and good for a quick 5k or 10k (turn around at Lumber Mans and head back to Iargo)

hiking
Sunday, June 19, 2016

I hike this trail in every season as it is a favorite. Iargo Springs is a great place to get a cardio workout on the stairs and cool off in the shade, them off to the canoers memorial and lumberman's monument. The view along the AuSable is gorgeous!

hiking
Saturday, September 26, 2015

Nice hike from lumbers monument to Iargo springs. The trail goes mostly along the river through the woods. The only down side are the parts where you walk under the power lines. We went down the stairs at Iargo springs and at the monument. It's absolutely worth it. Nice views. Total distance is about 8-9 miles going to and back.

Monday, May 26, 2014

We hiked this trail today. Confused about the actual distance. Also, did the stairs at Lumberman's Monument..272. We live in Oscoda and love these trails!

trail running
Saturday, August 17, 2013

Love this trail... Beautiful scenic look-outs along the Au Sable, sandy parts and a few climbs make a nice challenge. Went Iargo to Lumberman's with a loop around Lumberman's and back. The best part... There's never anyone on this trail! :-)

hiking
Friday, December 28, 2012

Fun hike. Hiked from lumbers monument to iargo springs about 10 mi there and back. Pretty sure this trails open year round since we just hiked it late December.

hiking
Friday, August 10, 2012

Good hike. Definitely check out vista point. Some of the time you are following power lines.

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