Highland Recreation Area
This is the trail everyone wants kept secret. Built by mountain bikers for mountain bikers, 16.2 miles of winding, climbing narrow single track provides an incredible aerobic and technical challenge for any rider.
You will need to work a little harder to get cooking on this trail. Your time is spent navigating rocks and roots. This technical single-track heaven has plenty of off-camber trail to keep you on your toes too. Beginners should ride this trail with other experienced riders. Most riders do A loop’s 3.8 miles, & B loop 5.9 miles for a total of 9.7 miles. Please note the recent addition of a new cut off point on B loop. Add on the C loop’s 2.7 miles, (an offshoot of B loop) or D loop 3.8 miles (offshoot of A loop). The basic A/B loop define the character of this trail, while C loop adds more rock passages. D loop is the most technical with lots of tight, off camber turns. Riding all 4 loops will require climbing approximately 2000 feet, and you should allow between 2-3 hours.
Thirty rustic campsites are available. MTB trails cross but do not share the horse trails.
Trail Status: open
Trail Miles: 16
Entry Fees: All vehicles entering the park must have a Recreation Passport. Passports can be purchased for $11 at the Michigan Secretary of State offices when renewing your license plate, or at a Self-Serve Kiosk at each park entrance.
Trail Conditions and Discussion Forum: Link
Trail Web Site: Link
Trail Maps: Highland-MMBA.pdf
Local Weather: Weather Underground
Directions: M59 west 10 miles beyond where you turn north for Pontiac Lake. Turn left at Duck Lake Road and travel 1 mile to dirt road (Livingston Road). Turn right and head west until you see the parking area to the right. Trailhead is well marked across the road.