Sat. Aug. 26 9:30 am – noon
Explore where the Main, Middle & Lower Rouge and Native American Trails meet. We will ride along the Rouge Gateway, Middle Rouge Parkway, and Rouge Park Trails. The 12 mile, approximately 1 1/2 hour ride takes place on relatively flat asphalt/concrete surfaces within the SE Michigan Glacial Lake Plain with a few slopes riding in-and-out of flood plains.
Meet in front of the Environmental Interpretive Center (EIC) at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Free parking in the structure nearby.
We will pass the Dearborn Historical Museum then on through Ford Field along the Lower Rouge River Trail to the Covered Bridge (there is a rain garden nearby).
We’ll pass through U of M-Dearborn (Henry Ford’s “Fairlane”, Power House, and FOTR office) and Henry Ford College campuses with an organic garden in between. This places us in the deltaic area north of the ancient Paleolake Rouge which existed before the Detroit River.
The U of M-D Nature Preserve surrounds the EIC. We will cross over the Main Rouge twice to circumvent the Nature Preserve.
Entering the Middle Rouge Trail, we will approach “Saturday in the Park” and then on to Rouge Park where we will pass hiking entrances to “The Stone Bridge Trail”, “The Prairie & Butterfly Trail”, and mountain bike trails. We will take notice of the new bioswales in Rouge Park.
After the ride we can gather for lunch – possibly at the new Ford Garage Restaurant on Michigan Avenue west of Evergreen.