Bald Mountain State Recreation Area

Lake Orion, Michigan

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For a long hike with lots of trees and hills, there are few spots in southeast Michigan that can beat the North Unit trails at Bald Mountain in Lake Orion. The two loops, split by Harmon Road, take in a half dozen lakes and ponds and skirt some wetlands (but not too close). For an easier hike, just tackle one of the loops—both start from the same parking area. This trail passes through state land open to hunting. Wear appropriate bright clothing during hunting season.
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by Matt Forster (Falcon Guides)

For a long hike with lots of trees and hills, there are few spots in southeast Michigan that can beat the North Unit trails at Bald Mountain in Lake Orion. The two loops, split by Harmon Road, take in a half dozen lakes and ponds and skirt some wetlands (but not too close).

For an easier hike, just tackle one of the loops—both start from the same parking area. This trail passes through state land open to hunting. Wear appropriate bright clothing during hunting season.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Lake Orion
Distance: 6.7
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Bald Mountain State Recreation Area, 1330 East Greenshield Rd., Lake Orion, MI 48360; (248) 693-6767; michigan.gov/baldmountain
Local Maps: TOPO! CD: Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, disc 4; maps available at park office and on website
Driving Directions: Directions to Bald Mountain State Recreation Area

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