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Hiking at Highland Recreational Area (7-9 miles ~ 3-3.5 hours)

  • Aug 30, 2014 · 11:00 AM

What is the plan?
Well, about once a week, a bunch of seemingly random people, and a few dogs, make a journey (some might call it a pilgrimage) to a Detroit-area park where they follow, in very cult-like form, a hike-leader who takes them around 8 miles through the park only to end in the same place they started.  He does this at a moderate pace and pauses at times to provide opportunities for respite or reflection.  This seems to go against the natural evolution of a species as energy is clearly being funneled into a very non-productive event.  The participants, at some subconscious level, understand the loss they incur so they follow the hike leader to the nearest energy replenishing station. Here they exchange one form of energy (currency) for another form (sustenance).  This event has caught the attention of many respected Economists and Evolutionary Biologists, and will be featured on an upcoming Learning Channel special.

Where do we meet?
At the parking lot/picnic area on the south east side of Haven Hill Lake (meeting place is circled on the Highland Rec Map- the road is Haven Rd).  It is the first right turn after you pass the ranger station- you cannot see it on google maps unless you turn on the satellite view (given in the link below).

Highland Rec Info
Map of Highland Recreational Area

Map of meeting spot- use this to get directions

This is a state park so you need the Recreation Pass on your license plate.  There will most likely be a ranger at the entrance who will sell you a yearly pass for $11.  If not, the worse that happen is a ranger will put a ticket on your car from the price of the pass, and the pass will be mailed to you.

A celebratory drink and food at Billy's Tipin Inn
It is exactly 1.1 mile east of the park on M-59/Highland Road.  It is on the left (north) side right when the island separating east and west bound traffic goes away.

address: 6707 Highland Road, White Lake, MI

google map from Highland Recreational Area to Billy's

Need help?
Email me back or call me at[masked]-2351.

Need real help?
Uh, I'll give it my best shot, but I probably would not recommend me.

see you on the trail,

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  • 8th Dave of S.

    I didn't need that extra sweat anyway.

    1 · August 31, 2014

  • Yuri

    Everything worked just fine! Good outdoor workout, interesting conversation and very friendly group. Ready for another adventure!

    3 · August 30, 2014

  • Jennifer E

    Fantastic group! Look forward to the next time I can get some dirt under my feet. :)

    1 · August 30, 2014

  • Barbara B.

    Nice people

    1 · August 30, 2014

  • Barbara B.

    Nice people

    August 30, 2014

  • Kimmyx3


    August 29, 2014

    • Charlie

      In the "Where do we meet? " part of the description. Specifically the map of the meeting spot..

      August 30, 2014

  • Wendy P.

    Hey, I'm going to get my 15 minutes of fame on the Learning Channel? Cool!

    August 24, 2014

    • Charlie

      Maybe we can also get MSNBC in on this.

      1 · August 24, 2014

    • Wendy P.


      August 24, 2014

  • dina

    My friends and I were there last weekend and many of the hiking trails were closed. You may want to call before going.

    August 24, 2014

    • Charlie

      Yeah, I know all of the trail east of the main road are closed. But, there are still plenty to hike.

      August 24, 2014

  • Perissa

    So I've been a member of Meetup for a few years and have YET to join any of the fun. Looking forward to making new friends and enjoying nature!

    August 24, 2014

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