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I would not call this easy in the fall months, due to the fallen leaves obscuring the trail at times, and especially when there has been as much rain as there has been in the UP this fall. The trail is very close to the Tahquamenon River at times, so that if the river is flooded, so is your trail. There were 2 different sections where I had to remove socks/shoes and wade through knee-deep water to continue on the trail. It is posted at the trailhead as a "primitive" trail, and they are right. Good footwear and supplies are a must, as cell signal is VERY sparse. But it's a beautiful hike; definitely worth it!

great trail. watch out for the bikers

hiking
19 days ago

Beautiful trail, as always; woods have the full, golden fall glow. Probably have another week of great color, two weeks might be pushing it. Didn't do the full Chain of Lakes, more of a Crooked Chain - did a side bit on the Poto west of Crooked Lake looking, unsuccessfully, for some mushrooms I saw last year, and another side bit on the Poto south of Pickerel Lake to get the great views across it. Pictures are geo tagged on my track, more and higher resolution at https://johnmetzler.smugmug.com/Parks/Pinckney-State-Recreation-Area/PSRA-Chain-o-Lakes-trail-portions-on-Crooked-Silver-and-Poto/

trail running
19 days ago

I have ran the trail a couple times and really enjoy it, the most difficult trail you will find in southeastern Michigan. Mountain bikes travel in the opposite direction, so you have to keep your eye out for them. I try to get out there early, but still come across a dozen bikers on the weekend.

Super fun trail super great scenery. Definitely not easy though I’d say it was moderate i was feeling it the next day. It was quite muddy when we went so definitely wear decent shoes and watch your footing lots of roots and rocks on the trail! Overall though...worth it.

Pretty good hike! Not super challenging and very well marked, definitely worth the time

hiking
1 month ago

This is a very nice trail, with little foot traffic. It has great views and is a peaceful place to walk or run.

Great views. Nice loop trail. I couldn’t imagine going up to the bluffs if took a right to start the hike. Nearly impossible going down after a rain. Wouldn’t want to attempt going up.

hiking
1 month ago

This hike is a gem! Highly recommend recording the hike so you can see where you are on the map. The paths for this particular hike aren't marked well because it intersects with a number of other trails. Also recommend following John Metzler's great review, which talks you through the confusing parts. I was very grateful for his guidance! I will definitely be back! Also, I saw maybe a dozen or so bikers throughout the 8 miles. Every one of them was courteous and considerate. Yes, you need to keep your eyes out for them, but at least on this early fall day, we shared the trail with no issues.

Really pretty and the rocks are extraordinary. Lots of bugs and mosquitoes.

This is a great trail. I brought my 9 year old son who’s a 21st century digital boy. Definitely didn’t do the complete 17 miles but with the shortcuts and a few other tricks we made it out and had a great time. Both crooked lake and blind lake campsites are nice. And I loved the water pumps. We still used a sawyer water filter because ya never know. Mosquitos weren’t too bad but that’s probably because haven’t had rain in a week or so. We did have to move aside for about 15 mountain bikers along the way but we could always see them coming. I highly recommend this beautiful trail.

Easy and beautiful hiking! Nice rolling hills.

Yes the bridges are back but they are these huge things which seems way overkill. But I guess they don’t want them to wash away. Wood would have been more pleasing to the rustic surroundings. They also widened half the tail into a road now in order to get the bridge materials back there. Too bad as I feel the trail lost its charm.

Bridges are open again! Happy Hiking!!

2 months ago

Thank you note to the park rangers who they went of their way to come in and help evacuate one of my friend hiker when she felt sick . I lead hike every weekend almost on this trail. It is one of the most amazing trail in the area .

We started from Lower Falls campground and did the round trip between the falls. I would definitely call this trail moderate rather than easy as there are a lot of stairs, hills, and roots. Make sure to bring water and sturdy footwear - this is not the hike to wear flip-flops on!

The scenery was nice and went from woods to swamp and back again. We didn't see much wildlife though due to the trail being so heavily trafficked. The views along the river were still a treat though and we got some great landscape photos. If I were in the park again I'd probably do one of the less popular trails.

mountain biking
2 months ago

This is a harder “moderate trail. Lots of climbs and sharp turns to keep you on your toes and out of your seat.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trails and a ton of fun

2 months ago

Amazing views. A bit harder than moderate rating. A lot of fun.

Hiked it twice. It’s a great trail

Very nice walk in the woods. On a hot day the canopy provided great shade. Some little hills good hour walk.

Nice walk in the woods. We’ll be back.

the trails are a good excersize. but if you camp, there are weird howeling noises at night along the trails for hours. probably dogs? i barely slept, thinking of Bigfoot.

Well marked, easy stroll through the woods. Solo female safe :)

Great trail. We walked the highway from Port Cresent state park where we are camping. We started counter clockwise from the. ridge and parking area. The path from 6 to the bridge is not marked that well and that part of the trail gets really narrow and there are wild BlackBerry branches in the path that have thorns that could snag or scratch you. We went during the day and we could see them easily and avoided any problems. We returned to the bridge by the road and then walked back 5 to 4 to complete every part of the trail, then went north east on the trail to the Port Cresent state park beach. As of 2018 the Pinebogg march / river does not flow out by the beach so you can walk over to the beach and come out by the volleyball net area with getting your shoes wet. I dont think the trail is very visible from the beach and people dont mention this great little trail. All in all 1.5 hours, 4.25 miles, 890 calories, 23 floors...

Very nice hike but a lot of bikers....

awesome hike, it's a little tough going below the cliffs but very fun highly reccomend it

hiking
2 months ago

The drive up to the trailhead is improved greatly from prior washout. Left side of trail is steady upward and easier to navigate with little ones, watch for loose rocks at the top. The views are stunning and worth every bit of the hike!

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked this trail on the last day of March in the rain, park was closed and there were no other tracks other then deer tracks. Nice easy trail and very quiet.

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