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Nichols Arboretum Loop

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Trail

1.3 mile 2.2 kilometer loop
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 178' 54 m
Descent: -183' -56 m
High: 928' 283 m
Low: 764' 233 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 22% (12°)

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Trail shared by Tom Reifenberg

The arboretum has it all for hiking or just spending time outside.

Tom Reifenberg

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

The arboretum is open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day of the week.

Description

I really enjoy hiking in the Arb for the varied terrain and great hills. There are several options for starting points to this area. I like to start at the Geddes Road entrance on the ridge and work my way up and down the hills, but there are other parking areas and entrances available.

It's satisfying to reach some of the lookout points after a hill climb and enjoy the view for a spell. I can't wait for the fall colors to really climax this October. The river presents a refreshing option for those who want to dip their feet or face.

I rarely take the same route, preferring to meander and explore as I hike. There's one good 800 meter climb that I like to work on as a segment, but otherwise one can choose their own adventure at the arboretum.

Flora & Fauna

For plant lovers this area is a treasure trove of interesting trees, prairies, and gardens. The mixed ecosystems attracts quite a few critters, but mostly the bipedal kind.

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Aug 4, 2018
Owen Medd
Mar 23, 2018
Tom Reifenberg
Lovely trail. Plenty of interesting ecological conditions, great topographic changes for southeastern Michigan, and plenty of wildlife 1.3mi — 0h 45m
Jun 22, 2017
Nicole Barger

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