The Trail is very muddy, with some ponding in locations. We recommend waiting for a drier day, as it is not conducive to cycling or running.
Trail Condition Update: A trail user ran from the Duck Pond in Rochester to just past Dutton in Oakland Township this morning and the trail is about 60% covered in ICE. It was not crazy slippery but, rough and thick ice. There was a down tree crossing the trail just before Dutton. The runners tried moving it but was only able to angle it to not cover the whole trail. Rochester Hills has been advised of the down tree.
The Trail is now completely open. However, crews and heavy equipment are still on site between Silver Bell and Gallagher working on a streambank stabilization project. Trail access is maintained, but please use caution while in the area.
Trail Closure Update: The Trail will be temporarily closed today, (Monday, September 26) between the Royal Oak Archery and Clarkston Road in Oakland Township (between mile markers 37.4 and 38.6). There is no detour. Contractors with heavy equipment will be onsite stabilizing the streambank next to the trail.
Trail Closure Update: The Trail will tentatively be temporarily closed on Monday, September 26 between the Royal Oak Archery and Clarkston Road in Oakland Township (between mile markers 37.4 and 38.6). There is no detour. Contractors with heavy equipment will be onsite stabilizing the streambank next to the trail. Please check our page again for updates.
The Oakland Township Parks and Recreation Commission will be conducting prescribed burns on the Nicholson Prairie and Heritage Wet Prairie on Monday, April 25, 2016. The areas are located north and south of the Silver Bell crossing. For more information on the importance of Prescribed Burns, please visit: http://www.oaklandtownship.org/boards_and_commissions/parks_and_recreation/prescribed_ecological_burns.php
This year, we will not be having a Paint Creek Crawl cycling event. We decided to focus on stewardship of the trail, so we will be celebrating National Trails Day with a Garlic Mustard Pull. Garlic Mustard is an invasive species and prevents native plants from growing. For more information, visit our Garlic Mustard Pull page. However, if you are interested in a fun cycling event, we have partnered with Motor City Bike and Brew Tours for “Cruisin for the Trails” on May 7, 2016. Enjoy a bike ride along the Clinton River Trail and Paint Creek Trail to the Paint Creek…
Trail Courtesy – It’s easy to Achieve! Cyclists – Pass with care: Stay to the right, pass on the left. “Do the right thing – pass with a ring!” Please announce with a verbal “on your left”, or ring a bike bell. All trail users will appreciate it! Pedestrians and Cyclists – avoid spreading out: Yes, it’s fun to walk, ride, or run the trail in a group. But please don’t block the width of the trail. Stay to the right, and watch your surroundings – a cyclist may be trying to pass you on the left (with an announcement, or…