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Really cool trail! Lots of good scenery, and a brewery waiting at the other end for ya! Trail was super icy, but crampons save the day. Will definitely go back for a summer hike, this way we won’t have to walk the road back due to the lack of daylight. Definitely moderate.

My friends and I took the platt review kayak tour from a local shop there on the river. I can’t remember the name of it right off hand. Lots of people were “ca-brewing” through down the river. Took about 2 hours. Great price, easy, great fun. I’d certainly do it again.

trail running
16 days ago

Great for a quick run

17 days ago

1/6/19: one of the best and beautiful trails that I have been on! Well marked except for one place but soon realized that we were that we weren’t on the trail bit found a beautiful spot for some pictures.

Gorgeous in all seasons. Snow shoeing and hot chocolate at the nature center in the winter is a treat. Bird watching, photography, paddling are all perfect for this spot. Definitely a must.

Trail was icy with little snow for base. Started wearing micro spikes and switched to full crampons which made the hike much easier as there were many very slippery spots. Some fallen trees made it interesting to negotiate. Due to our late start (and stopping at the brewery for an awesome lunch) we took trails back to the hemlock campground via the main road so as not as I negotiate the trail in the dark.
Excellent views and a very worth it trail!

Black Rocks!!

great pike fishing right in front of camp site.

1 month ago

Nice walk, especially once you’re south of the meijer and past 91 a bit. Saw a Great Blue Heron and muskrat off the boardwalk west of 91.

2 months ago

Nice trail, little traffic, awesome signage. Every intersection had a trail marker and “you are here” sign. Was surprised to find a “wilderness” in this park Great hike.

I would not call this easy in the fall months, due to the fallen leaves obscuring the trail at times, and especially when there has been as much rain as there has been in the UP this fall. The trail is very close to the Tahquamenon River at times, so that if the river is flooded, so is your trail. There were 2 different sections where I had to remove socks/shoes and wade through knee-deep water to continue on the trail. It is posted at the trailhead as a "primitive" trail, and they are right. Good footwear and supplies are a must, as cell signal is VERY sparse. But it's a beautiful hike; definitely worth it!

Good for a dog walk.

Great trail with many beautiful lookouts along the Manistee River. Lots of dispersed camping sites close to the river on the Manistee River side.

Very beautiful. First backpacking trip. It is not the easiest for your first backpacking trips due to the various points of elevation but I survived and it was well worth it. Will be doing this again!

Did the River Trail. Wife’s first trip. The views did not disappoint, especially in the fall. The campsites were in awesome outlooks. We will be doing this one again.

The bridge is now open to both cars and hikers :)

great trail for me and my german shepard! lots of random little ponds!

Pretty trail, easy and well marked up until the second bridge. Trail markers fell off around this point and we spent a decent amount of time trekking through marshy woods looking for it. Funny enough, met up with another couple who also got lost/couldn’t find the trail markers. Save your shoes, and just turn around after the last bridge. Overall nice for fall colors though!

2 months ago

Beautiful trail, as always; woods have the full, golden fall glow. Probably have another week of great color, two weeks might be pushing it. Didn't do the full Chain of Lakes, more of a Crooked Chain - did a side bit on the Poto west of Crooked Lake looking, unsuccessfully, for some mushrooms I saw last year, and another side bit on the Poto south of Pickerel Lake to get the great views across it. Pictures are geo tagged on my track, more and higher resolution at https://johnmetzler.smugmug.com/Parks/Pinckney-State-Recreation-Area/PSRA-Chain-o-Lakes-trail-portions-on-Crooked-Silver-and-Poto/

Super fun trail super great scenery. Definitely not easy though I’d say it was moderate i was feeling it the next day. It was quite muddy when we went so definitely wear decent shoes and watch your footing lots of roots and rocks on the trail! Overall though...worth it.

Easily done in two days by canoe. It’s nicer at a slower pace. It’s beautiful but is too busy for my liking at times.

Beautiful river and we did over night at government island

This place it awesome for hiking and taking landscape photography.

3 months ago

A pleasant walk, very flat with mostly meadow views. The path is primarily paved, with some areas of mowed grass. There are also some nice views of the river.

Beautiful trail in the fall. It is a bit difficult to find but worth it. You have to go around a gate and the sign says something different.

What a lil slice of heaven. You must pay the min dollars to go up into the light of the lighthouse. The beach is gorgeous and water is like being in the Caribbean...until you dip your toe in :)

3 months ago

The Coates Highway bridge was passable but still under construction when we were down a weekend ago. My wife and I and other hikers were able to walk over the bridge bypassing construction equipment later in the day.

Has the bridge been re-opened?

Great hike. East side of the trail has spectacular river views and water access. I try to get here a few times a year.

3 months ago

This hike is a gem! Highly recommend recording the hike so you can see where you are on the map. The paths for this particular hike aren't marked well because it intersects with a number of other trails. Also recommend following John Metzler's great review, which talks you through the confusing parts. I was very grateful for his guidance! I will definitely be back! Also, I saw maybe a dozen or so bikers throughout the 8 miles. Every one of them was courteous and considerate. Yes, you need to keep your eyes out for them, but at least on this early fall day, we shared the trail with no issues.

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