Waterloo Pinckney Trail to Hickory Hill Trail and Crooked Lake

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Waterloo State Recreation Area

Waterloo Pinckney Trail to Hickory Hill Trail and Crooked Lake is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Chelsea, Michigan that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length4.2 miElevation gain305 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRunningForestLakeViews
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Brian Noble
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Flat up to the lollipop then a little bit of up and down. Frogs are LOUD back there!

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Lori Sweet
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Sandy Eyl
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was here with friends and their dog March 12th, hiked part of this trial up to Mill lake loop and back. total round trip 2.2 miles out to markers 9-10-11. There was just a little ice still in the center of the trail but it was easy to avoid. along with the ice melt there was just a little erosion on the middle of the trail, but not bad. lots of people were out with their dogs, so make sure you have a leash for your dog just in case they aren't friendly, and don't let your dog off leash if it isn't obedient. you do need to have the state park passport to visit this area. there was a vault toilet, but no paper - you've been warned!

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Kristi Miller
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Theodore Iwashyna
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Just gorgeous w couple inches of fresh snow. Out past Hickory Hill much narrower and more up and down

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Travis Kaiser
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A hidden gem. Many hills some quite large. Various loops to other lakes along the way. Only real downside is you’ll go past a few houses along the way and cross a few roads, but mostly very scenic.

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Dan Alexander
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Mike Denner
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Nice- perfect sunny windless day- trails were a bit ice packed- just need to pick your foot steps carefully- Yak tracks would have been helpful

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Richard Chidzinski
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good time with good friends!

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Gianna Dallape
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Pat Taylor
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HikingGreat!

First time on this trail & it was great! Perfect length, elevation change & all around ruggedness for a decent hike.

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Pankaj Dahad
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Alan Strasser
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Christine Meilleur
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HikingGreat!

The colors are beautiful, this is one of my all-time favorite trails you can make it as long or as short as you want so much to see the scenery is beautiful! I like that there are no bikes on the trail also. And you can bring your pup on a leash.

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AA D
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overgrown at times but otherwise really nice.

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Mitch Port
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WalkingBugsGreat!

Good hike. There were only a couple of others out there which was a bonus. Don’t forget the bug spray!

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Dan Murphy
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Jack Cain
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Decent trail. I would rate it easy vs. moderate. Biting flies galore today!

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Joel Howell
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Trail down to and up from Crooked Lake pretty washed out.

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Emily Holly
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Loved the trails - lots of bikers, but all very friendly! I missed a marker and accidentally hiked up into the Upside Down and Sugar Rush trails, but it was a fun adventure and I throughly enjoyed it! Not too muddy, but lots of hills. Bugs were not an issue :)

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Amy Tsoumas
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Amazing trail. Did about 7.5 miles and it was beautiful. Only saw a few people the entire hike, great for social distancing! Very peaceful. Wear bug spray!

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Karyn Karen With A Y
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Awesome for hiking: lots of elevation changes + terrain differences but not crowded or muddy. A couple downed trees but nothing insurmountable. Trail map in AllTrails was super accurate. Def poison ivy on the sides in spots.

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Caitlin Finney
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Fun. Several trees down and the trails were a little over grown and narrow. I was ponying a horse so that was a little difficult. Overall fun. Definitely can’t wait for the tree to be cleans up. Never got to finish a loop because of the down trees. If you aren’t comfortable with narrow trails I would recommend Ionia state park.

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Aaron Schwartz
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Cathie Badalamenti
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Beautiful trail. Perfect for a Friday hike. Well maintained and marked.

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Nick Vlahantones
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Open trail with rolling hills, Perfect for a Sunday stroll.

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Ed OBrien
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Nice easy trail. Easy to keep social distancing!

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Mike Denner
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Gerald E. Eddy to Pines campground- out & back- was a good trail until you hit equestrian section halfway through- then pretty torn up by horses- some nice elevation gain and loss- all in all was a nice day to be out in the woods- 15 miles

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Khodor Hoballah
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Awesome, got a little lost however it added more adventure.

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