Chain of Lakes

MODERATE 25 reviews

Chain of Lakes is a 7.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Pinckney, Michigan that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
495 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

backpacking

camping

canoeing

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

lake

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hiking
27 days ago

hiking
30 days 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.

30 days ago

Fun day hike

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 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
2 months ago

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2 months ago

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3 months ago

hiking
5 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.

hiking
5 months ago

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5 months ago

5 months ago

trail running
7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

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11 months ago

hiking
Monday, September 05, 2016

Monday, August 08, 2016

Lots of miles to run! Wells available to refill water! Very nice just watch out for the mountain bikes!

hiking
Monday, July 04, 2016