Trail was relatively easy except for one steep part on the "hard" trail (red) and it was also very muggy and hot. Trail is gorgeous and the normal lake trail is relatively flat. We hiked the red trail with the blue trail which was about 4.1 miles. Tons of colorful mushrooms!
This is a nice set of trails that allow a variety of difficulties. Those looking for a more physical harm me can take the woodland trail path instead of staying on the fairly flat lakeside path.
Note: Dogs are not allowed on this trail as it's a nature preserve, and you could be subject to fines if caught with your dog on the trails.
Great trail. There's a smaller (yellow) loop and the larger (red) loop. The larger probably only being about 1 - 1.5 miles long. Lined with pine trees and pretty wide in most places. It also connects to a paved bike trail that goes a ways in either direction.
Awesome place to hike. We went on a Friday and only saw one other couple the entire time. A lot of rules, like no dogs or canoeing, but that's probably why it's still pristine. My favorite hike this year. It's clockwise only with a turnstile so you can't go the wrong way. Also, no bikes allowed.
I grew up in the mountains down south and Pickerel Lake (Fred Meijer Nature Preserve) reminded me of home. The hills were refreshingly beautiful but easy to hike. We visited Pickerel Lake on a sunny, Sunday in late April. There were quite a few people there but we never felt crowded on the trail. We did the Lake Trail (blue) that was 1.9 miles. We also did the white trail (.77 miles), so we probably hiked a total of about 2.8 miles. This ended up being too long for our 3 and 6 year old. I think from now on we need to try for 1 or 1.5 mile hikes with them. Our 11 year old daughter thought it was great though. Next time I’d like to go with just my husband and do the Woodland Trail (red) which is supposed to be more challenging than the others. This is a very peaceful (no boat) lake with several people fishing there. You’ll see many trees downed by beavers and possibly a couple beaver houses which we found fascinating. There seemed to be parts of the white trail that weren’t on the map, but still had signposts. I think they just looped around though so you probably wouldn’t get lost on them.