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hiking
12 days ago

Hilly, sandy and a bit muddy at times, beautiful views, secluded, and it's you and the nature and the likeminded outdoor adventurers. Definitely coming back!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful sunny day, walk the 3.7 miles. 40% was muddy, use a walking stick, it will be more fun. I’m looking forward to doing it again soon.

hiking
1 month ago

Out at PRSA today - Crooked Lake trail was in excellent condition. Essentially no mud, which surprised me given the rain last week. Many of the lakes and bogs still have some or a lot of ice on them. Saw 7 other hikers and one biker.

hiking
3 months ago

The trail was icy but worth the extra work. Really beautiful and easy to navigate.

I've hiked and kayaked here. Beautiful lakes and trails with lots of hardwoods and elevation.

Nice trail. Decent elevation changes.

trail running
4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Pick up a map at the trailhead. There are very few markers on the trail.

We loved the rough terrain on this trail. it was a good workout. The scenery was beautiful along the whole route. We will definitely visit regularly.

hiking
5 months ago

Very nice, well maintained, and for the most part double wide trail with moderate traffic. bike traffic runs the opposite direction which is nice because they can get moving in some spots. we opted to shorten our hike to see the stone fireplace and was worth the stop.

5 months ago

Fun day hike

hiking
6 months ago

Nice walk/hike!

hiking
6 months ago

good simple trail with occasional beautiful views of the lakes

I inline skate this trail on the paved parts. Since the trail is a former railroad track, the grade is perfect for pushing strollers, skating, skateboarding, etc. I often see parents biking with young children.

It is regularly maintained by park staff. The staff mows an aisle on either side of the trail. There is plenty of parking at the various trailheads I've been to.

My boyfriend and I went and took our 3 dogs. It was a great trail with lots of different routes you could choose to go. On our way back though, we were looping back down to marker 16 and chose the route not for bikers due to the thick brush. We had lost the trail for a few feet. Be careful when hopping back on the trail or if you wander from it!! We were attacked by ground bees and all of us got stung multiple times (totally our own fault). Thankfully we are not allergic! I would definitely do this trail again, but steer clear of that loop haha.

First time walking/running it. Got to about 4miles out turned around came back. Definitely go again.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful trail and park. I would say this is an easy hike, ended with a little more than 8 miles. Only reason for my 3/5 stars is because this is a multi-use trail and the bicyclists on the trail the day I went had zero regards for anyone else using the trail. I felt a little uneasy because most of them were just clipping right along... Also very sad to see where they're making way for the new pipeline and have cleared part of the park.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice easy trail, no view of Crooked Lake however. Well marked. Definitely will do it again.

Easy trail walk! Very nice view of the lakes.

The trail was beautiful and very well kept! The markings were confusing or non-existent at times. I would definitely recommend this trail!

trail running
8 months ago

Probably the best trail in the area.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice trail, lots of shade. Terrain offers some challenge, but not too tough. We passed even numbers of mountain bikers and walkers, but didn't feel crowded or too busy.

hiking
8 months ago

It was a nice trail, could use a few more markings on the smaller loops, but a good hike. Lots of mosquitos and bikers.

hiking
8 months ago

Very popular trail (both hikers and mountain bikers) that does a loose circumnavigation of Crooked Lake. Trail passes within sight of two lakes, but neither of them is Crooked Lake. "Overlook" on northern part of the loop completely obstructed by trees on my visit. Decent amount of up-and-down. Good early season hike to get you ready for harder mountain hikes in the summer. Overall, a nice walk through the woods with a couple of lake views, but not much more.

Only did the southern loop of the route shown here. Nice hike around a pair of lakes. Lotus were in bloom on my visit. Best to hike this trail in dry season (late summer or fall), or else come prepared for some wet areas. Some areas are not well marked, especially around the cabins. In general, always choose the trail closest to the lake.

Some of the trails are pretty covered in brush but overall good hiking easy for kids.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice trail. Good amount of ups and downs Quite a few mountain bikes but it wasn't a problem. It's very wooded so lots of shade

Great little trail! Beautiful scenery.

hiking
10 months ago

Chain of Lakes is a decently difficult trail for SE Michigan and is very well maintained. It is a combination of three named trails in Pinckney Rec area (more below) Go to the 2nd parking lot at Silver Lake for the hiking trailhead. The hiking lot is just a bit after the MTB rider lot. If you start this set of trails from the MTB trail head (Marker #7, at the MTB parking lot), you will be going the wrong way - with the MTBs, rather than against them. The trail head is in the 2nd lot, near the northwest corner of the lot.
The trail head is marker #2, start counterclockwise around the Crooked Lake trail, toward marker #9, continue past #8 to #3. Instead of continuing from #3 to #2 (finishing the Crooked Lake loop), go right on the Silver Lake trail to #4. At #4, instead of following the Silver Lake trail left to #5, go straight, onto the Potawatomi trail, to #6, around to #5, and finish at #7. NOTE - when you are on the Potawatomi, between posts #4 and #6, you'll be walking NNE with a nice little pond down to your left, you come to a road and there's a Potowatami trail marker on the right but no indication which way the trail continues - go left, about 100' along the road on your left the trail turns back away from the road.
As others say, keep an ear out for mountain bikes - there are lots of blind turns and hills, with the trail is often much too narrow for both bike and hiker. Take along your insect repellent - lots of ponds throughout the woods.

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