Bald Mountain State Recreation Area has eight miles of trails in the north unit and seven miles in the south unit. They are mostly single track trails with great markings for location; the trails are directional in the north unit. There are a few considerable hills going both up and down throughout. Riders pass many ponds and a few streams while weaving through the rolling terrain. The usual rocks and ruts and ruts are present on all trails.
The upper unit is probably best with hills, slopes, and several overlooks. Both routes get muddy and stay muddy until summer.
These trails are maintained in part by volunteers of the Michigan Mountain Biking Association (MMBA).
Riding Hints from Todd Scott, president of MMBA:
In the south unit: I like to take the trail the way it is numbered. It is a loop and to start you go left at the forks following the intersection numbers in increasing order until you get to the outside of the loop. Then the ride back at the end can be pretty fast if you keep pedaling.
In the north unit: These are directional so you have to follow the way the arrows go. A good ride is to start on the white trail and take the sledding hill loop that goes off of the white trail. It is the hilliest. It puts you back on the white trail and you then finish that trail. The orange loop starts where the white trail ends and that one too is up hill most of the first half but you are rewarded for the last half with speed almost all the way back.
Parking and Trail Access
Bald Mountain State Recreation Area is nine miles north of Rochester and four miles east of Lake Orion on West Romeo Road. Trailhead parking areas along Greenshield, Stony Creek, Hammon, Miller and Predmore Roads.
Take interstate I-75 and exit at Exit #81 (Lapeer Rd). Go north on Lapeer Rd for 2.5 miles you will see plenty of signs. Take a right on Greenshield Rd; the recreation area is next to Brewski's restaurant. Go down Greenshield about 1 mile and there is a small parking lot on the left. This is the south unit parking and trail head. If you go past that, the headquarters is on your right. Maps can be obtained from there.