When it comes to multi-purpose trails that cater to a variety of skill levels, Bald Mountain Recreation Area stands out as a must-visit. Located in Lake Orion, Michigan, this spot offers a combined total of 15 miles of trail, with ample room for both novices and seasoned riders.
The upper trail extends over 7 miles and presents a series of rewarding slopes, hills, and overlooks. If you're after scenic vistas, this is your pick. Note that both upper and lower trails are notorious for being muddy, particularly outside of summer months.
On the other hand, the lower trail is around 5 miles long and offers a more relaxed experience for those looking to avoid the challenging terrains of the upper route.
Exit I-75 at exit 81 (Lapeer Rd). Head north on Lapeer Rd for 2.5 miles and follow the signs to Greenshield Rd, right next to Brewski’s restaurant. The south unit parking lot and trailhead are about a mile down Greenshield Rd on the left.
Comments from riders range from praise for the trail's excellent markings to its suitability for beginners. However, several riders highlighted the trail’s persistently muddy conditions. If you're in the area, this loop offers a solid workout, though it may lack the technical demands sought by more experienced riders.
Whether you're a beginner looking for an easy trail or an intermediate rider looking to explore, Bald Mountain Recreation Area has a trail that caters to you. While not the most technical of rides, what the trail system lacks in difficulty, it makes up for with its breathtaking scenery and well-marked routes.