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Lezhikes-Let’s Go!

| January 28, 2018

Here are some hikes that we’ve done in the past and some new ones to try. If you have any questions and or suggestions of future hikes or want to lead a hike, email us and let us know.

Proud Lake Recreation Area, southeast of Milford

DIRECTIONS: From I-96, take exit 159 (Wixom Road).

— If you’re coming from the east, turn right at the end of the ramp onto Wixom Road. If you’re coming from the west, turn left at the end of the ramp onto Wixom Road.

–Follow Wixom for six miles (follow the Wixom Road signs — Wixom Road zig-zags, running north-south and east-west)

–Take Wixom Road to the headquarters entrance at 3500 Wixom Road

–Follow the signs to the foot trails parking lot, where we’ll meet.

Trail Map

TERRAIN: A couple small hills; flat otherwise
LENGTH: 3.5 miles.
PARK ADMISSION: Park Pass Required
IN ADDITION: Prepare for muddy, soggy conditions.

City of Farmington Hills- Heritage Park 

24915 Farmington Rd, Farmington Hills, MI 48336

Farmington Hills, MI 48336
West side of Farmington Road between Ten and Eleven Mile Roads
Currently available at this 211-acre park are 4.5 miles of trails for hiking and nature study.  In the winter these trails are used for cross-country skiing.

FREE Admission

Some hills
link to trail map

Kensington Metropark, Milford

DIRECTIONS: Off of I-96 a few miles east of US-23, take exit 151 (Kensington Road), follow the signs to the park. Park in the nature center parking lot and meet at the trail head by the nature center.

Trail map

TERRAIN: A couple steep hills; flat otherwise
LENGTH: 1.25 up to 4 miles
PARK ADMISSION: must purchase day or annual pass
Bring bird seed: The chickadees will eat right out of your hands!

 

Maybury State Park,

Northville, off of Eight Mile Road, west of Beck Road.
DIRECTIONS: Enter off of Eight Mile. Go past the toll booth; turn right at the stop sign; then left into the parking lot. Meet in the lot near the unmarked brown brick building.

From M-14, take exit 18 (Beck Road). If you’re coming from the east, turn right at the end of the ramp onto Beck Road. If you’re coming from the west, turn left at the end of the ramp onto Beck Road.

–Follow Beck 4 miles to Eight Mile Road; turn west (left) and go just over a mile to the main park entrance.

From I-275, take exit 167 (Eight Mile). If you’re coming from the north, turn right at the end of the ramp onto Eight Mile Road. If you’re coming from the south, turn left at the end of the ramp onto Eight Mile Road.

— Take Eight Mile about 4½ miles to the main park entrance.

TERRAIN: About 20% hilly. May be slippery. Bring a walking stick and/or footwear with bad-ass tread.
LENGTH: About 1 to 4 miles
PARK ADMISSION: Annual (the kind you purchase with you license tabs) or day pass

Trail Map

Bald Mountain State Recreation

Area SOUTH unit, just north of Pontiac.
DIRECTIONS: Take exit 81 off of I-75 (the exit to M-24 or Lapeer Road, an exit for the Palace of Auburn Hills).
If you’re coming from the south, turn right at the end of the ramp onto Lapeer Road. If you’re coming from the north, I think you turn right at the end of the ramp onto Lapeer Road. Head north on Lapeer, which is toward the Palace.

— Follow Lapeer about 3 miles to Greenshield Road.

— Turn right (east) on Greenshield.

— Go a mile or two to a small parking lot on the left (north side of the street). The lot has space for about seven cars; it’s first small parking lot on the left that you’ll come to. We’ll meet there, at the trailhead. Here’s a link to a map that may help. http://www.michigandnr.com/Publications/PDFS/RecreationCamping/bald_mountain_map.pdf
TERRAIN: Hilly.
LENGTH: 4.8 miles, Red Loop
ADMISSION: $6 per vehicle. Bring exact change and an envelope. You might have to leave it on your windshield for the ranger.

 

Holly Recreation Area

Exit I-75 at the Grange Hall Rd exit (Exit

101) and turn right at the end of the ramp. Head east
on Grange Hall Rd, past the light at Dixie Hwy for
about a half mile. Turn right at the bend onto McGinnis Rd,
and go about 7/10 mile. Turn right at the Wildwood Lake sign
(directly across from McGinnis Lake Campground).
After another 7/10 mile turn left at the Overlook Picnic
Area sign and continue to the end. Meet in the big picnic area
parking lot by the outhouses.
Trail Map

Trails
Holly-Lakeshore Trail Trail Length: 2.40 (Miles)

Holly-McGinnis Lake Nature Trail Trail Length: 0.25 (Miles

Holly-Whispering Pines Nature Trail Trail Length: 1.00 (Miles)

Holly-Wilderness Trail Trail Length: 6.40 (Miles)

 

Bird Hills Park

DIRECTIONS: Take M-14 to Maple Road (exit 2).
If you’re coming from the east, turn left at the end of the ramp onto Maple Road. If you’re coming from the west, turn right at the end of the ramp onto Maple Road.

–Follow Maple for less than a mile to Miller Road.

–Turn left (east) on Miller. Take Miller to Newport Road.

–Turn left (north) on Newport.

— Just past the freeway overpass, park in the lot on the right (east) side of the road.

TERRAIN: steep ‘n’ mega-hilly.
LENGTH: 3-4 miles
PARK ADMISSION: free

More: No facilities are available in this undeveloped park.  The unpaved trails wind through hills and ravines covered with beech, sugar maple, flowering dogwood, oaks and hickory and various spring wildflowers.

Trail Map

 

Pinckney State Recreation Area,

northwest of Ann Arbor.
DIRECTIONS: DIRECTIONS: From US-23, take exit 49 (North Territorial Road).
If you’re coming from the north, turn right at the end of the exit ramp; if you’re coming from the south, turn left at the end of the exit ramp onto North Territorial.

Follow North Territorial about 10 miles to Dexter-Townhall Road.
Turn right (north) on Dexter-Townhall, go just over a mile to Silver Hill Road.
Turn left (west) onto Silver Hill, which leads into the park.
Head to Silver Lake Beach. The beach has two parking lots. Meet in the end of the first lot that’s closest to the road.
TERRAIN: Hilly
PARK ADMISSION: Must have park pass

Trail Map

 

Brighton Recreation Area,

west of the I-96-US 23 interchange

NEW, MORE DESCRIPTIVE DIRECTIONS: Off I-96, take exit 147, the first exit west of US-23, which says “Brighton.” The ramp leads to Spencer Road. If you’re coming from the east, turn right at the end of the ramp onto Spencer. If you’re coming from the west, turn left at the end of the ramp onto Spencer.

–Follow Spencer, which goes through downtown Brighton and turns into Main Street; Main Street turns into Brighton Road.

–Follow this Spencer-Main St.-Brighton Road 6 miles from the freeway exit to Chilson Road.

–Go left (south) on Chilson 1.5 miles to Bishop Lake Road, which is marked with a sign that says “Bishop Lake.” Turn left (east) onto Bishop Lake Road.

–Go 1.5 miles to the sign that says “Bishop Lake Complex.” Turn right into the Bishop Lake Complex.

–Turn right at the sign that says “trails.” Turn left when you get to the parking lot. You’ll see an outhouse on the left. Meet by the outhouse. Plug your nose.
trail map

TERRAIN: hilly
LENGTH: 5 miles
PARK ADMISSION: Must purchase pass

Crosswinds Marsh

DIRECTIONS: SW of Metro Detroit Airport

–Take I-275 to the Will Carleton exit (exit 8). If you’re coming from the north, turn right (west) at the end of the exit ramp onto Will Carleton; go west for about four miles (Will Carleton turns into Oakville Waltz Road).

–The park is at Oakville Waltz and Haggerty Road on the right side of the street. Meet in the parking lot near the trailhead.

Trail map

TERRAIN: Flat
LENGTH: About 4-5 miles
PARK ADMISSION: Free

IN ADDITION: Boardwalks, Boeings and bald eagles; this Wayne County park is an unusual place. What was farm fields before 1993 is now one of the largest man-made marshes in the country and easily accessible via more than 5 miles of foot trails, including 1.4 miles of boardwalk over ponds and streams. The marsh and the 1,050-acre park is a result of a land swap when nearby Metro Airport destroyed 200 acres of wetland to expand its runways. It’s probably going to be muddy, so prepare for that. Bring your binoculars to look at the bald eagles.

Bald Eagle-Blue Heron Hike  4.3 miles Hike
Wetland Garden Trail 0.1 miles – Boardwalk
Muskrat Trail 0.5 miles Hike
Mallard Trail 0.6 miles Hike
Bluegill Trail 0.3 miles Boardwalk
Blue Heron Trail 1.6 miles Hike
Bald Eagle Trail 1.8 miles Hike
Woodpecker Trail 0.5 miles Hike
Equestrian Trail 4.5 miles Two-track

West Bloomfield Trail

West Bloomfield
This pretty (but often busy) almost 7 mile rail trail offers a respite from the hustle and bustle of West Bloomfield, about 30 minutes northwest of Detroit. With a nature preserve on one end and a community park on the other, the limestone path crosses peaceful wilderness and marsh-like areas that offer several birdwatching stops. Travel off of the main path and onto one of the side trails to spot foxes, woodchucks, and rabbits, and at the many ponds, cute little turtles, and chirping waterfowl.

Paint Creek Trail

Rochester to Lake Orion
Michigan’s first non-motorized rail to trail takes you through historic Rochester, Rochester Hills, Oakland Township, Orion Township, and the village of Lake Orion. Made up of nearly 9 miles converted from the former Penn Central Railroad (which you can still see remnants of), Paint Creek Trail curves through shaded woods with a tunnel of trees arching overhead. Throughout the path, you’ll get a chance to stop at the Paint Creek Cider Mill for a donut and cup of cider, along with several nature overlooks that give access to fishing areas. The trail isn’t paved, but still makes for a very smooth bike ride or run — you might even cross paths with a deer or two.

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