Chain of Lakes is a 7.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Pinckney, Michigan that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 7.8 miles Elevation Gain: 521 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

backpacking

camping

hiking

mountain biking

running

forest

lake

views

bugs

hiking
14 days ago

A great day hike that showcases most of the forest and wetland communities that Michigan has to offer. Terrain is manageable for most skill levels. Some nice views of lakes, and lots of small wildlife. Does not cross any paved roads, but does cross a few dirt access roads which occasionally see recreational use. This trail is Particularly beautiful in the spring when wildflowers are abundant. Note that the trail is muddy in a few places, and that mountain bikers are allowed on most part of the trail, so keep your eyes out for them. Overall, a very pleasant day hike with excellent exposure to nature

great trail...nice there is the option to male it shorter if you want but we did the full 8 miles. will do agon....lots of ups and downs and cool things to look at, bridges and rovks....gorgeous walk. fair number of people but pretty spread out especially when you get to the back half.

hiking
28 days ago

A lot of bike activity which made our walk with our energetic dog more difficult. Good condition trail and a few nice steam crossings. Generally stays away from the lakes though... thought we would have nicer lake views.

hiking
29 days ago

This was our first real day hike so I don’t have much to compare it to but it was a great hike! Lots of up hill, lots of downhill and different terrain types! We will for sure be back!

hiking
1 month ago

Can’t beat this hike. Great views! Good elevation gains. Pinckney has the best trails any where in SE Michigan.

The trail conditions were awesome! Saw a lot of wild, including a rather large snapping turtle. This is apparently a shared trail with bikes. A lot of whom did not seem to understand trail etiquette and were going quite fast when passing pedestrians. Overall, really enjoyed the trail!

hiking
1 month ago

It was a good hike. We did this mid April and there was quite a few people (was a nice day). Kept our distance from those that were passing - and the bikers were cautious as well. Nice hike with some good surrounding lakes! Definitely a good day hike!

hiking
muddy
snow
1 month ago

Nice trail and beautiful views. It a great place to bring the dog for a hike. It was a bit crowded today, but I'm sure everyone is trying to get outside right now.

Nice trail of light-moderate difficulty. Social distancing! Some runners, bikers, dogs, etc., but not too crowded when I went in the morning. Relatively dry except a few wet spots in the most southern loop.

hiking
2 months ago

One of my favorite trails in SE Michigan. Love the hills and being surrounded by water.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice for a light hike. Well maintained. Pretty vistas.

hiking
2 months ago

Great multi use trail. I wouldn’t consider it difficult but it is one of the more difficult ones in SE Michigan. As mentioned is it multi use so please pay attention for bikers and step aside on the trail so they can pass safely. All and all it enjoyed this hike!

hiking
3 months ago

i love living so close to this area. some of the best trails in se michigan

hiking
icy
snow
4 months ago

hiking
muddy
5 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

First “big” hike this fall

hiking
7 months ago

Nice long trail with a number of lake views, pretty forest and boardwalks over fens and canals. Trail is shared with mountain bikers. Also some good uphills if you hike clockwise, although you need to listen for bikers behind you, if you do.

9 months ago

Great trail. Marked really well.

hiking
muddy
over grown
10 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Nice trail and scenery. Well marked and easy to get around. Some nice views of the lake – spotted some beautiful birds in the marshy areas. Make sure to observe the directional info on the maps of which way hikers vs. bikers should travel.

hiking
Sat May 04 2019

Got started out at the "wrong" spot but quickly figured out the trail system since it's very well marked.

hiking
Mon Apr 29 2019

Great boardwalks and soft running trail for the most part, except for a few roots. Beautiful views and lots of critters & birds :) Hope to come back and hike the full Potawatomi trail. Watch out, we saw a baby massassauga rattlesnake in the wetlands while walking on a boardwalk.

hiking
Sun Apr 28 2019

great trail as always. Unfortunately, went out here on the day of a trail running competition so there were a ridiculous amount of people we had to let pass. Would be a lot better withoit the traffic :D

hiking
snow
Thu Apr 04 2019

Was definitely icey this winter, but a good hike all the same! Great views, definitely want to do again in the spring. Make sure to bring a map, there’s a lot of opportunity to end up on other trails.

backpacking
Mon Apr 01 2019

Well maintained, easy to follow path. Had a wonderful hike. I like the fact that it a loop so you end up where your car is. Ran into a few mountain bikers and a few joggers. Not too many people on the trail, but this was in end of March and it was cold (25degF).

hiking
Tue Mar 19 2019

Well kept trail. On the easy side of moderate. Several nice views over lakes.

hiking
snow
Sun Feb 10 2019

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