Bald Mountain Recreation Area North Unit (SE Michigan)

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Bald Mountain Recreation Area North Unit (SE Michigan)

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For those in SE Michigan looking for just a pleasant hike or a place to train and break in new gear, I highly recommend the trails at Bald Mountain Recreation Area North Unit just east of Lake Orion. I understand there's nowhere in the lower peninsula that replicates the conditions on IR, but I still need to get some miles on these legs and be sure my gear is dialed in before we head north in August.

Highlights of Bald Mountain North:
- 3 linked loop trails (white, orange & blue) plus another connector (green) allow for various length hikes starting and ending in the same spot. Full loop around the outside is 7.25 miles and takes me about 2.5 hours.
- Trails are generally in good condition with occasional muddy spots and loose sandy areas. Mostly well-packed dirt, rocks and roots. Plenty of ups and downs with uneven footing to work on those small stabilizing muscles we never use otherwise.
- Mixture of hardwood & pines forests with some swampy wetlands means you're almost always in the shade. Occasional open views of the many small lakes along the trail makes this a scenic hike.
- Mountain bikes are allowed and can be numerous on the weekends in the summer, but generally they're always going clockwise around the loops. I've found hiking counter-clockwise helps to avoid being surprised.
- Michigan recreation passport is required to park in the designated lots.

I just did the full outside 7.25 mile loop this afternoon to try out some new trail runners (making the switch from boots) and a new pack. Weather was mid-50s and overcast - perfect day for hiking!

Anyone else have a favorite metro-Detroit training trail?
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