by Mike Modrzynski (Falcon Guides)
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Just finished this hike and overall it was enjoyable. There are two trails - yellow (6 miles) and blue (9.2 miles). I took the blue and found it fairly easy for a beginner. Nice mix of terrain throughout, deep-woods feel in some places, and open meadows in others. I did not know it was a trail shared with bikers though, and it was sort of annoying to move to the right every few minutes. Also, crossing paved roads during a hike always reminds me of how close I am to civilization. Ideally I'd never see any sign of urban life for the duration of the trip - though I understand that's hard to come across in SE MI. :) Enjoy the trail...
I really enjoyed this trail. You experience a little bit of everything...lakes, woods, marshes, meadows. There are a lot of bikers but they helped me find my way. The trail map was not very good in relation to the trail. It didn't show roads well enough and the railroad which would have been a good marker.
Well maintained trails, great scenery. Very enjoyable time.
BUT, be careful of crazy cyclists - they come speeding around corners etc. without warning!!
The trail was fair, slightly buggy in some areas. the biggest problem was the trail is also a bike trail, i wish i could have known this before i went! it was almost impossible to keep a rhythym or a pace because every 1/8 of a mile i had to step aside for the bikes. very poor planning on the park's behalf. it's more bike friendly then hike friendly for sure! some areas of the trail are nice, secluded with good terrain but the terrain varied from loose gravel, tight gravel, loose/tight rock, nice packed earth to sand! and some of the sand and gravel was incline which made it especially difficult at times. also alot of the trail had terrible bike ruts that made it almost impossible to hike without snapping an ankle! while i'm an amateur i'm not a begginer and found this trail a challenge at times. the only way i would do this again would be if it were hikers only day and they filled in the ruts!
The trails are very well marked Althought the 6 mile trail is a little over The new bridge that crosses the Huron river near Kensignton rd. is a welcome addition. the changing landscape is beautiful.
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