Pinkerton Creek Trail

EASY 6 reviews

Pinkerton Creek Trail is a 4.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Wakefield, Michigan that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is best used from September until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.8 miles
314 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


trail running



29 days ago

I have done the Pinkerton Creek Trail multiple times and have always enjoyed it. It’s got a few scenic spots, a couple of which are accompanied by benches. Some (~5-10%) of the trail goes through slightly marshy terrain, but there are consistently wooden planks that keep you up out of the mud. During my hikes, these marshy areas have NOT been buggy, which I hugely appreciate. The Pinkerton Creek trail is mostly flat, with only a couple steep ascents/descents as you get to the mouth of the Little Carp River/the shores of Lake Superior. There is no access to water on the trail except at the far north end where it reaches the mouth of the Little Carp River/the shores of Lake Superior. I would definitely recommend this trail, which pairs nicely with the Lake Superior trail (going east or west—but beware of SIGNIFICANT mud to the east) or the Little Carp River trail. I did the Little Carp River trail (not currently listed on AllTrails) with the Pinkerton trail this time, starting at Little Carp Road and coming out and the Pinkerton trailhead along South Boundary Road.

3 months ago

love this trail. There are plank walks over portions of the trail that get extra muddy. Roots for sure. Overlook of Trappers Falls before getting to the Little Carp River Bridge are incredible.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Easy trail from trailhead to cabins on Lake Superior.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

This was a challenging hike with the trail ending at the shores of Lake Superior. Some hikers choose to camp by the lake but we chose to hike out in the same day. It was tiring but very rewarding. The most challenging part of the hike is the amount of tree roots that you have to navigate over. There were long periods of time where you could not look up in fear of tripping. There are two areas of the trail where you have to cross over the river by jumping from rock to rock or if it's shallow you can walk through it and cool off your feet! One of several trails in the porcupine mountains worth doing!

2 days ago

Sunday, July 16, 2017