The big, wooden staircase: Hidden treasure at Rochester Hills’ Bloomer Park
Bloomer Park frequently, as it has three awesome playgrounds and some cool
a really awesome feature of the park that we had heard about but never seen:
The big wooden staircase.
that seemed to go on forever and my son (who is 6) tried counting them as we
descended, but we just decided to say there were 200 and call it good.
large stone structure not far from the entrance. This amazing structure dates
from the late 1970s and is well-known to local fitness buffs that tear up and
down the stairs to get a killer workout. It is definitely not toddler or
stroller friendly and I’d say it’s best for children who are 4 and up (unless
you babywear, then go for it, mama!)
as they are not gentle on the knees. The wooded area they are in is gorgeous
and peaceful. The ravine is incredibly deep and I was unprepared for how
breathtaking it was. It’s so close to my house, which is flat and suburban. My
son said, “I guess this is why they call it Rochester HILLS!”
Some are pretty steep but if you are determined, you can hike to Yates CiderMill or Yates Roadside Park.
exploring and hiking. There are a few picnic areas as well. If you are into
geocaches, there are a few on the trails.
to the playgrounds and the stairs, it has a velodrome, a cricket pitch, an
awesome sledding hill and restrooms. It requires an annual pass for entry or
you can purchase a day pass (it was $5 last year).