Crooked Lake Trail

MODERATE 83 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
324 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.

1 month ago

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

5 months ago

good simple trail with occasional beautiful views of the lakes

5 months ago

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

6 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.

6 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.

8 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

8 months ago

Great little trail! Beautiful scenery.

9 months ago

Good nature trail.

9 months ago

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!

10 months ago

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.

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