Crooked Lake Trail is a 4.5 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 and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.5 miles Elevation Gain: 305 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Note: As of March 2020, trail may be CLOSED due to corrosive conditions. Please check with the recreation area page for more information. This loop is part of the Potawatomi Trail. It also circles Crooked lake and intersects with several other trails, such as the Silver Lake trail. Terrain ranges from flat, well packed dirt to boardwalk to sand, to rugged hills. It is a very good training loop for cross country running, as well as conditioning hikes. There are some wonderful views along the trail, as well as a camping area should you wish to camp there. It is important to note that this trail is open during hunting season, so take appropriate precautions.

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bugs
1 day ago

Great trail!!! Definitely going back. Great workout, lots to see, very beautiful, and plenty of elevation changes. Lots of bird watching too. Only issue a lot of silk worms, besides that no complaints

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bugs
1 day ago

hiking
5 days ago

Great day on the trail - not too crowded

hiking
14 days ago

I loved this trail. It was beautiful and challenging. I won’t, however, hike in this park again until after these COVID19 restrictions have been loosened. Trail etiquette was almost non-existent. It really is ok to at least acknowledge someone. I actually felt uncomfortable here. 25% of these folks were genuine and practiced trail etiquette ( which doesn’t mean I stop every time) , and were friendly enough to say hello. The other 75% must be so incredibly stressed and scared that they’ve lost their manners. So sad because this is a beautiful park. And you can tell someone has been attempting to keep it maintained. Strangest hike I have ever been on. I would recommend this trail for the beauty and challenges it presents. I would not recommend this trail to someone who is a serious hiker. Great for families.

hiking
17 days ago

Excellent trail. Mix of walkers and bikers. Limited elevation but lots of rolling hills. Beautiful lake views. Would recommend, great for dogs on leashes. Not ideal for someone >70 if not in half decent shape.

hiking
27 days ago

All types of terrain types besides mud! Moderate foot traffic, mixed with some bikers. Spotted a few snakes along the path as well. Great hiking loop!

hiking
27 days ago

A really great trail that is hilly and have some amazing views. I loved my time on the trail and will come back again.

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28 days ago

Great trail!

trails were great today. nothing to muddy. remember to walk counter clockwise.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail for a quiet hike in the woods. Passed a few other hikers and bikers, but it was still peaceful. The trail was in great condition.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a really nice trail with some nice wetlands. We saw wood ducks and mallards which was a nice treat. This trail is shared with bikers who were all very accommodating. The bikes do eat the trail up a bit so I recommend ankle-high hiking boots/shoes. Inclines are steep in some places but not too difficult a challenge (and I'm kind of old). Watch out for the poison ivy. Please be aware that hikers take the trail counter-clockwise and bikers take the trail clockwise.

hiking
2 months ago

Trail closed due to erosive conditions. No foot or bike traffic allowed.

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muddy
snow
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Great trip, just over 4.3 miles with slight elevation gain/loss. Not too many out today but did see about 5 others hiking and 3 Mtn Bikes.

hiking
5 months ago

First day with Amy’s new Solomon boots, stepped in big dog poppy.

hiking
5 months ago

very well marked. Rocky in some sections. good views. there are some hard hills but it is overall easy I would do it again

hiking
5 months ago

Trail is well marked. Hardly any people until about 10:00 am. As others have mentioned, the trailhead is a lot over from where the app tells you.

hiking
6 months ago

Decent trail, few uphill sections. Otherwise pretty east. Watch for mountain bikers!

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6 months ago

Early November backpacking trip was cool but amazing. We saw no other people and the scenery was fantastic. Highly recommend.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice trail. GPS coordinates to the trailhead are off. It's on the other side of the park but easy to walk to. We recorded it is 4.8 miles. No bugs during our visit and I would rate this trial as moderate.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful 5 mile trail. On the easy side of moderate, but still a great hike. You're in at least partial tree coverage for almost the whole trail so a great option for sunny days. There will be some MTB'ers, but they are good about announcing their approach. Stretches are rocky and can get muddy so wear good shoes/boots, and bug spray is a must.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice trail, it's in between easy and moderate, lots of shade for hot days. Weekends have alot of bike traffic but I didn't see any bikes during the week so it was a much better hike.

hiking
8 months ago

Amazing trail all around. Super relaxing and some nice spots to sit and rest.

An easy and pretty enough wooded and occasionally sandy trail. You have to walk it the correct direction, though, so you see the cyclists coming. There are a lot of bikes, and while most are quite courteous they have the laws of physics on their side, so you have to be able to jump out of the way quickly when they come flying down a hill. It requires hikers to be alert, which makes it a little less serene than other hikes.

Good hike today. Bugs not bad. Good views.

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rocky
8 months ago

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rocky
9 months ago

Brought my lab and bug spray, lots of pretty sites along the way, more woods than lake scenery but also a great workout. Mountain biking is also shared with this trail but I went early during the week so not too many..

hiking
9 months ago

Nice mellow trail. Walked it mid week and it was empty. Will do it again soon.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice trail, good views. More ppl then I would have liked, but not overflow.

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