Ypsilanti

32 reviews

I said I'd come back when the trails were thawed and, hopefully, drier. Unfortunately, I rate my second visit worse than my first. The High Bluff and Woodlands trails are nice, as is the Wetland Trail on the south side of the wetland and around to the viewing platform overlooking the the wetland (well, as nice as a boardwalk can be). The wetland trail west of the viewing platform (leaving the platform, take an immediate left) is overgrown, soggy, and not particularly interesting. It leads to the edge of the Preserve, where there is a path through the undergrowth in the power line right-of-way that takes you north to the North Trail. I saw MTB tracks on both the Wetland Trail west of the platform and the power line path; neither section has anywhere a hiker could go to get out of the way of a bike. The North Trail is also overgrown and has as many soggy spots as the bad part of the Wetland Trail. Much as I want to like Cherry Hill, and I really like the High Bluff and Woodlands Trails, they are neither long nor interesting enough as an out-and-back to entice me back here frequently. If you want a hike in this area, Matthaei Gardens offers much more interesting hiking, longer trails, and more wildlife, less than a mile away. The only "advantage" Cherry Hill has is free parking alongside a dusty dirt road, while you have to pay to park at Matthaei. Photos are geotagged with my 6/1/18 track.