Hickory Glen Park - TRAIL

Hickory Glen Park - Trail, Commerce Township, Michigan

Mountain bike trail, windy, full of tight switchbacks, many intermediate log jumps, short distanced.

User Reviews (7)

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Russ Cline   Weekend Warrior [Apr 14, 2015]

Rode today, 4-14-15. Trail was in almost perfect condition for me. Dry, sometimes leaf covered but easy to follow. I believe that someone put up new trail markers so it is easier to navigate. I would like to see a sign that marks the entrance. My first ride here last year was in the opposite direction. I ride once a week locally so I am no expert but this trail is terrific for beginners and riders of intermediate skill. The only negative is that there isn't a nice long strait away to pick up some speed, it's a twisty course.

Customer Service

This trail is a single track so I just get out of the way of the young cats...

Similar Products Used: Novi tree farm, Island lake......I like Island lake, a lot. and Maybury state park.
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
Jason Saldana   Cross Country Rider [Jun 25, 2013]

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

Customer Service

Park by the Baseball fields and follow the arrows

Similar Products Used: Maybury
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
2
Shomegrown   Weekend Warrior [Nov 25, 2010]

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.

Customer Service

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

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
derek   Weekend Warrior [Sep 06, 2010]

great trail as fun as you make it! very well setup just follow the arrows and your good!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
kelli   Weekend Warrior [Jul 01, 2010]

We just rode this trail for the first time. As a beginner mountain biker, I found it difficult, but not frustrating. I appreciated that where spots were more intense, there were often little trails that went around them for people like me who aren't ready to take on the challenge of steep hills and ramps.

I felt that it was quite challenging but I think with a little time I could navigate it pretty easily. Great trail!! *my rating is based on me being a beginner, if you are an expert cyclist, you may feel it's too easy.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
bikeman1   Weekend Warrior [Feb 16, 2009]

i am supprised that i have not heard any local reviews for this trail, so i guess i will be the first. i have bee riding in hicory glen since circa summer 2005. at this point, the trail markers were virtually non existant, and i had to find my own way. now in winter 2009, there is a little yellow sign at every intersection, and markers on every tree, in fact, there is so much sinage that it is somewhat annoying, and possibly disorienting to new riders. what most people don't realize is that there is so much more to this park than what the trail map (if there is one) can show you! there is the loop trial designed with bikes in mind of course, but there are miles of other trails in between, perhaps many of them user-made. i saw somebody mention that "the locals use four wheelers whenever they can get away with it". untill very recently i was not even aware that moters were illegal in the park! i dont personally have one but all the time i see people on atv's and dirt bikes, off the beaten patt in a certian field there is a jump course designed for them. besides, what sad cop gets demoted to wander through the woods looking for illegal motor vechiles? i wish people would look upon this park, less as a workout routine, and more as a nature experience. i have walked rught around a bend and seen deer staring back at me, because i am sot screaming through the woods at top speed and hearing nothing but my own breathing and wind noise. if you are going to ride the trail once or twice, stick to the designated route, the park is small enugh that there is no real risk of you getting lost, but knowing where you are is usually best. if you go there often, look around a bit and see all that the park has to offer. having spent nearly all of my free time there since 2006 (great to stave off cabin feaver in the winter months) i still discover new things there all the time. oh, and on the subject of motors, snowmobiles, lots and lots of snowmobiles...

Customer Service

follow the marked trail for newbies, but feel free to explore once youve goten your bearings!

Similar Products Used: yes.
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
jgw1981   Weekend Warrior [Jul 30, 2008]

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!

Customer Service

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!

Similar Products Used: 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!)
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
bheldke   Cross Country Rider [Oct 31, 2005]

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.

Customer Service

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.

Similar Products Used: 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.
OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
1
TSS   Cross Country Rider [Sep 14, 2003]

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.

Customer Service

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.

Similar Products Used: Lakeshore Park, Novi Highland State Rec Area Pontiac Lake State Rec Area Island Lake State Rec Area
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Northwoods   Weekend Warrior [Aug 12, 2003]

Went for my very first ride with members of “girlbike” last evening. There were three of us altogether and it was really nice to ride with not only other women, but with better and more experienced riders. I was told from the start that the trail would probably not be very well marked and as it turned out, it was not. The Hickory Glen Park entrance from the street was not well marked either, so keep an eagle eye out for it. The trail starts out at the very back of the park; straight back, just to the left of the last baseball field. Park your car at the baseball diamond. After you’ve parked, begin your ride by heading out on the wide dirt/sand path. No markers are there at the start so, just do your best and keep riding straight back (about 500’) until you see the start of a single track. You will fudge around on this for a short distance and then you just have to keep your eyes peeled for a yellow marker, as this will be the marker for the mountain bike trail. I really do not remember where the first one was, exactly. Just keep your bearings straight and if you get lost, climb the tallest nearby tree (yeah, right) and look for the big cell tower, which is right near the ball diamond (or simply bring your compass). Once that is in sight, you know you are near your car. The trail started out sandy and switched to grass for a bit. Then, after accidentally coming upon the yellow arrow marker, we managed to find the rest of the trail. Here, it immediately went into the woods. The ground was soft, as if we’d happened upon a village of moles. But, the earth may have been soft because of the tearing out of trees for the trail or it may be that the soil there is just sand mixed in with the dirt. Maybe, with time, the trail will become more broken in. The trail immediately went into narrow and tight switchbacks. If you are a smaller rider, they won’t be too difficult to maneuver. However, it will not matter what your size, the tree limbs and brush lining along the narrow trail will be scratching at your legs, ankles, arms, and face for most of the trip. The switchbacks are tricky. There was one downhill, you must be careful for 90° switchback to the right on the downhill. I kept one foot off the pedal here. At one switchback point, I was headed straight uphill where, at the apex, I had to make a 90° left hand turn so as not to go straight downhill into the brush. Option; avoid the uphill altogether and keep to the left; you will continue on the trail. At another switchback point, I was headed straight uphill where, at the apex, I had to make a 90° right hand turn so as to avoid a straight downhill into a deep ravine of brush and trees. At another 90° left hand switchback, there was a 2’x2’ log hoist to get up and over. These logs are loose, so be careful. There is an option for this one: Right before the logs, there is a right fork option that loops up to the logs. Take this right fork option so that you can gain some momentum to get over the logs thus, avoiding the tight switchback. On yet another switchback, avoid the small, cellar-sized crater and make the switchback to the left. At the next hurdle, although not a switchback, there is a tree (from the ground, the tree has two trunks that spread out from the ground to the right and left) in the middle of the single track that you are supposed to ride through. It looks as if one cannot manage to get through it because it appears too narrow. It is possible if you are agile and manage to stay in the direct center. Otherwise, there is a right side alternate fork in the trail to avoid this tree. At another log point, there is a loose 2x6 used as a short ramp to get up and over another log. In general, the course is not well marked, is short and very windy, with many tight left and right switchbacks and tight ups and downs, with a lot of tree and brush protrusions, and many log jumps. Have you ridden Maybury? Well, Commerce is way windier and way less speedy and even shorter distanced than Maybury. We were probably done with our first loop inside of 30 minutes, having never ridden the course before and it was no aerobic challenge whatsoever. It is likely land is getting scarce and there is not much room to make new trails that are decent these days. Oh, yes, for those of you who do not like mosquitoes, they were fierce out there (within the month, they’ll be gone). I did not recall flies.

Customer Service

-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.

Similar Products Used: Island Lake, Brighton
OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
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