Potawatomi Trail is a 17.4 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 April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length17.4 miElevation gain1,207 ftRoute typeLoop
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Pinckney Recreation Area: (734) 426-4913

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Mark Weaver
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Elizabeth Cyr
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HikingGreat!
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@ Hopsandhiking
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Hiking

Great trail for training for bigger hikes or backpacking. Good amount of elevation and some nice views.

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Jan Williams
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Perfect day to hit the trail. Lots of folks out enjoying the weather. The serious hills weren’t too bad. Beautiful views. Definitely got the heart rate up!

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Jan Williams
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Peaceful, no wind and sunny. Got the heart rate going, Took the yurt short cut and looped back around to get five miles in.

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Samin Aayanifard
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful even in the winter. We hiked it in 7 hours, starting from 10:45AM to 6PM. It was snowing for 5 hours, but the weather waa so good. If one takes the trail in opposite direction, he/she can stay in a campground after about 13 miles. The campground is by a lake and has fire pit, chairs and bathroom. We will probably atay there next time:)

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Blain Gauthier
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Decent elevation, but not too daunting. Shortcuts make it really easy to plan your trip

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Blain Gauthier
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Very good trail. Some elevation gain but nothing too scary. Nice campground

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Jan Williams
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Definitely got my heart rate up. Very peaceful. Heard the geese, a woodpecker, a little bird along with my crunchy in the snow. Lots of rabbit tracks and deer. So beautiful!

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Jan Williams
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A little slick in spots today. Still got my heart rate up. Very peaceful!

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Jan Williams
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Awesome trail!

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Bernadette Dabrowski
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Emily Mydlowski
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Backpacking

The hiking loop is great - plenty of hills to keep your heart rate up. However, I gave this trail four stars because the trail is open to mountain bikers. There were a number of times that a biker wouldn’t announce themselves and I had to quickly jump out of the way. A bit of a bummer....but the trail itself winds through pretty wetlands. I imagine that mosquitoes and black flies are terrible in the summer.

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Josh Sylvester
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RunningGreat!

All around great trails. I did a race here recently, and loved every part of it. Great views, excellent markings, and a lot of hills.

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Chris Kosal
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Beautiful fall colors, hilly, well marked

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Gillen Brown
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Nate Smith
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Brian Foster
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Running

Made a 10 mile loop using the stone fireplace shortcut and yurt shortcut. Best elevation in the metro area, only complaint was the many fist-sized rocks littering the trail. Not many users on Friday morning.

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Gabe Martinez
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Steve Thorn
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matthew honsberger
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Brendan Mullan
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RunningGreat!

I got there before sunrise to run the entire loop. Trail was fun and it went by quickly, though, I went the wrong way 3x, adding even more miles to the run. Also, I did not see any mountain bikes on the trail until around 9 am.

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Leah Pace
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harder than expected back packing the long way to blind lake. way more hills than I imagined and if you start at marker one, it's eleven miles. I took the shortcut out which was 4.8 back to silver lake and my vehicle. many mountain bikers and if you hike as suggested by the DNR which always has you facing them, it's not a problem. all of them were polite and informed me how many were behind. it's nuts to hike in the same direction. there are many blind hills and they aren't easy to hear coming straight at you, let alone from behind. mid week and there were well over twenty bikers both days. it's a famous mountain biking trail and that's just how it is. unless you're into punishment or training for the AT or some such trail.... and I am...I really can't recommend that a novice back packer take that 11 mile first section. it's far harder than you might imagine. and there isn't really anything but woods and hills up there. I have another recording of the hike out from blind lake taking the shortcut and that's also where your see the fairy house, and the stone chimney and cellar I have another I wouldn't I wouldn't do it again

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Chris McAllister
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HikingGreat!

This trail's location is its biggest attraction - it's great having such long trail near Metro Detroit. With that said, the terrain isn't very diverse, and it's a little lacking compared to some similar trails a few hours farther north. If you're around the area and looking to test out some gear, this is perfect. If you're driving more than an 1.5 hours to get here, I'd recommend investing the extra time in the car to head north to the Manistee River Trail up around Cadillac.

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Emily Holly
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Hiking

Bring food :) great for beginners who are looking to get more intense with their hiking skills. Lots of shade, light traffic (hiked on a weekday), little buggy but not too bad of you keep moving! So much fun with a buddy or two!

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Sami M.
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Camping

A beautiful trail with many rivers and lakes. A lot of mtn bikers, even when the trail is muddy. Hikers let their dogs off leash.

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deez nuts
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Steven Chorma
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Good trail. Well traveled. We ran it but it'd be a good mountain bike trail as well. Not marked well in some areas.

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Todd Fisher
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Candice Christie
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Mountain bikingGreat!

Awesome! First time over handle bars:o Soft landing though. Lots of drops, a bit hard navigating for a beginner like me. I had a great time and its a beautiful trail.

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