Crooked Lake Trail

MODERATE 107 reviews

Crooked Lake Trail is a 4.5 mile moderately 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.

4.5 miles
305 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly





mountain biking

nature trips

trail running





wild flowers


A 5 mile loop around Crooked Lake. This 5 mile loop is part of the Potawatomi Trail. It is a 5 mile loop that circles Crooked lake. It also intersects with several other trails, such as the Silver Lake trail. Terain 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.

5 days ago

This is a nice medium length trail for hiking. Nice forest to travel through and the view of Pickerel Lake is very nice.

Oddly enough there are no good views of Crooked Lake on this trail without walking over to the campground.

1 month ago

Nicely shaded and a couple of pretty views.

1 month ago

Nice hike mostly wooded good trail!

3 months ago

Hiked this trail on 4-21-18. I was expecting a muddy hike but it was not. The trail was well maintained. There were several other hikers & bikes. Everyone very friendly while passing. Loved this hike.

4 months 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!

5 months 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.

7 months ago

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

10 months ago

good simple trail with occasional beautiful views of the lakes

11 months ago

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

Saturday, August 12, 2017

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.

Saturday, August 05, 2017

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.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Great little trail! Beautiful scenery.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Good nature trail.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Great trail to see a variety of things in nature! Birds, butterflys, dragonflys, moths, snakes, trees, wildflowers, mushrooms, lakes, marsh, ponds, fish and much more!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Love this trail!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Hiked here in the fall, great trail with nice variation and well marked. Only passed a couple bikers.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Beautiful views

Monday, August 22, 2016

Went with 4 kids ages 12-7. All had a great time...7 year old was nice and tired near the end.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

It was a gorgeous hike that was shaded the entire time. The roots in the trail made it difficult at times but it was worth it. There is a bridge at one point that is on the edge of a lake, I can't remember the name, but it was breathtaking.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Very relaxing with mild elevation changes to keep the trail lively. Some bike traffic, but mostly solace.

Monday, July 11, 2016

great trail. not too crowded. great for pets and running

Monday, July 04, 2016

Great trail through glacial features. Be sure to remember hikers counterclockwise bikers clockwise.

trail running
Monday, May 30, 2016

Great trail for a run! It is a beautiful place and almost all shade. The elevation change is a good challenge but not overwhelming. The loop is easy to follow. The best part though is that you can jump in the lake after the run to cool off! There are restrooms and changing areas near the trail head and parking convenient. Make sure to buy a park passport if you don't have one, only $10 and is good at all the state parks.

Thursday, May 05, 2016

My friend and I hiked this trail this morning and it was beautiful! We only passed a few bikers and walkers along the way so for the most part, we were alone. It was so quiet and peaceful! The water was absolutely gorgeous. This was the first trail we've done and we we didn't struggle at all. There are definitely some steeper parts but we got through it without a problem. Can't wait to come back!!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

I really enjoyed the trails. They are well marked. Great Lake views and swimming area with picnic benches and grills. Very dog friendly! Perfect blend of rugged terrain and groomed trails.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Beautiful blue skies. Super hot for March. Fantastic trail with just the right amount of uphill that made you work for it but not overly so. Lots of friendly mtb-ers, dog walkers and runners sharing the same space. I drove 160 miles for those precious 2 hours to clear my head.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Nice walking trail! We have come here a few times, in the fall and the winter to walk with our dog. There are a lot of mountain bikers when there isn't snow on the ground. It is a nice forest hike, with several hills and bodies of water. My dog loves it!

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

First hiking trail I did in Michigan. Tough at times with the inclines. Had a wonderful time enjoying the peace and quiet. Ran into other people running and biking the trails.

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Such a fun and challenging trail. The views were gorgeous, the terrain was ever changing and the smell of pine makes you want to stop and cherish its beauty. The colors are beautiful this time of year as well. The trail system is quite busy with bikers so be on the lookout because sometimes it's hard to see and hear what's around the corner.

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