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Hickory Glen Park

Average Rating:    (3.17 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 6

Mountain bike trail, windy, full of tight switchbacks, many intermediate log jumps, short distanced.
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Latitude
42.56471302308875
Longitude
-83.485107421875
Trail Directions
-Take I96 to the Novi/Walled Lake exit. -Turn right from the exit onto Novi Rd.(going north). -Keep on Novi Rd. as it turns into Decker Rd. (now, you're going west). Decker ends at South Commerce Rd. -Take a right on South Commerce Rd.(north). -At first traffic light, turn left(west)onto Glengary Rd. Go 1/2mi and turn right (north) into the park (keep an eagle eye out for the park entrance). Go straight back (north)to the last ball diamond and park there.
Trail Length
3 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Commerce Township
   


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Review Date
June 25, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Jason Saldana ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Awesome trail that flows quick but is super fun. Great for a beginner to learn, but super fun to an old pro

Recommended Route:
Park by the Baseball fields and follow the arrows

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Maybury



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Review Date
November 25, 2010

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Shomegrown ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
My summary of this trail can be found here - with video footage...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhR-GAYjsY8

Overall it's a fun loop if you're not looking for a hard workout. It's been developed well, a full loop is now about 6.5 miles.

Recommended Route:
Follow the yellow arrowheads on the trees.

See my video for GPS route of the trail system.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhR-GAYjsY8



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Review Date
July 30, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: jgw1981 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This trail is just a fun trail. With that said, you relly have to pay attention for the little yellow arrows to know which way to go. The trail is pretty twisty with occasions of being pretty narrow between trees. I am a clydesdale weight rider, and i have pretty wide handlebars, so i notice that. There isn't a whole lot of difficult climbing on this trail, which referring back to the clydesdale thing.. it's kinda nice. There are a lot of areas that let you get a good amount of speed. If you have the skills there are some nice stunts too... things like a couple of ladder walks, a teeter totter, and smal log rolls a many. This is also a trail that isn't often used. There have been many times where I have ridden the trail, and I am not fast by any means, but I can do the whole thing, and see maybe one other rider.. One day i think i even saw 3, but otherwise it is very peaceful. Overall this is a great place to ride if you are a beginner, or aren't very good. It's a great place to work on your bike handling skills without too many of the great riders running you down (or getting in their way). Fun trail!

Recommended Route:
Just do it as marked. If you don't have the time, energy, or stamina to do the entire thing you can just not cross the floating bridge. Go down that fun little downhill, and insead of veering left to go over, just go right and follow the asphalt path back to the lot. Otherwise, just get at it as marked, you won't be dissapointed!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Novi Lakeshore
Maybury (if you don't mind a bit of climbing)
Island Lake
Milford (this is a budding trail but the potential is rising!)



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Review Date
October 31, 2005

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: bheldke ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Once of those places where the good folks at MMBA made something out of nothing. I enjoy the trail--there are places that are challenging if you don't steer correctly.

It's relatively short--finish in about 35 minutes or so. I can do several loops, but I'm not really aerobically tired after them.

Things to know: I'm told motorized four wheelers are illegal there. One guy rode up and scared me somewhat when I was biking. Just be careful--you'll cross two-track, but if you're on two-track for very long, consider that you might be off the trail. There's a lot of two-track back there that the locals use when they can get away with it.

Also, you'll notice some stench in places. Why? Commerce TWP uses Hickory Glen as their weed dumping ground from Wolverine Lake. I encountered the pile when I got lost. PHEW! Nothing like a pile of rotten lake weed/dead fish in the middle of July.

Recommended Route:
the mountain bike route--try not to get lost. Lots of signage was removed/vandalized and MMBA has resorted to posting on trees above you to mark the way. Don't think that all the markers are at eye level. Stay off the two-track before a four wheeler bares down on you.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Lakeshore in Novi--more developed over the years, although now the trail is near a new housing development where they are imposing their construction upon the scerenity of the trail. It's almost 10 miles long, so ride Hickory Glen at least twice to get the same experience.

Maybury--about as long as Hickory Glen, but faster and more worn-in. Maybury is a great little trail.



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Review Date
September 14, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: TSS ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I am surprised this trail is even listed because it is so new and so far from being completed. As of Sept 6 the trail is about 4.5 miles long and many of the log jumps noted in the first review have been removed. New additions include a 20 ft long balance beam bridge, a ride "through a tree" and a short brdge over a gulley is under construction. Many new signs and flags have been added to help keep riders on the course. The landscape is about 50% flat to 50 % moderately hilly. Experienced rider may prefer doing several loops.

Recommended Route:
Follow the small yellow arrows and ground flags. The trailhead is located at==> from Glengary Rd turn North into Hickory Glen Park and follow the dirt rd straight toward ball diamond #1 in front of you. The trail head is just to the right of ball diamond #1..off of the blacktop bikepath. Look for ground flags near the trailhead.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Lakeshore Park, Novi
Highland State Rec Area
Pontiac Lake State Rec Area
Island Lake State Rec Area



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