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Absolutely stunning trail!

The trail itself is quite nice, but going down the stairs into the sinkhole is definitely the highlight. It feels like you've stepped into the twilight zone!

one of my favorite hiking spots in western Michigan

Wasn’t able to find a clear trailhead or path. There was a note on the board about seasonal hunting taking place but it looked like the trail has been shut down completely.

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!

Fantastic hike with a very special woman and some awesome friends. This was a hard one... more difficult mentally than physically. Just when you think your there, your not... We loved it!!!

hiking
11 days ago

Nice trail but loud. Sporting clay range is very active this time of year.

on Crooked Lake Trail

hiking
11 days ago

Nice trail. It was even dry considering all the rain we have had lately. All of the bikers I encountered were going their posted direction, so there wasn’t any surprises. Definitely going back.

hiking
11 days ago

Had a beautiful hike at HSRA - the Oaks, remaining maple leaves, and beeches were in peak color (to the extent Oaks have peak color). I expect most leaves and color will be gone in another week. Trails were in great shape despite a fair bit of rain the past week. Only a few issues, mostly with trail marking, but also recommend you do this trail clockwise, rather than counterclockwise as shown on the track: the trail posts/markers face a clockwise hiker, not the counterclockwise hiker. That said, all my comments are from counterclockwise hiking (live and don't learn). 1) go to the picnic shelter parking lot (marker #22 on the official map - http://www.michigandnr.com/ParksandTrails/Details.aspx?id=284&type=SPTR) - the trailhead isn't actually marked there, but go to the shelter, then past it toward the horseshoe pits, there you'll see the trail heading toward the lake (we went counter clockwise). 2) We missed the turnoff about .3 miles after marker 12 (heading from 12 toward 10), so we ended up continuing on to 10, took the Chief Pontiac Trail (hard to see, is a bit before marker 10 when coming from 12) over to 4, rather than staying on the horse trail to 9 and then to 4. This wasn't a big deal - nice scenery here and added about 0.5 miles. Once we got back on the loop shown here, we missed another turn just past 5 (maybe 300ft or so). It's a very small trail, with a small tree down across it, just as you come along/past the south end of Haven Lake - if you find yourself heading east with no lakeshore on your left, you missed the turn. The scenery on this "mistake" wasn't as good as on the correct trail. All good fun. As always, photos are geo-tagged on my track and more/higher res versions are at https://johnmetzler.smugmug.com/Parks/Highland-State-Recreation-Area/Haven-Hill-Lake-loop/

Some areas of the trail were very scenic. I liked the diversity of all the different sections. The noise pollution was just out of control. The highway noise is constant along the entire trail. There is also a shooting range where people are constantly shooting. You this as well along the entire trail. One section would be nice, but somebody put trespassing signs up and built of hills so you can’t see their personal, massive lake. Then, when you do get to the nice lake, there are businesses all along one side. Some sections of the trail were not marked well and even though I followed the signs, somehow got off the main trail. There was also a small stump that stuck up around 2 - 3 inches right in the middle of the trail that made me trip and fall. It’s absolutely impossible to see with leaves and is ridiculous that it was left like that. I will probably never visit the trail again and wouldn’t recommend it.

beautiful

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

Perfect hike to catch the fall colors along the lakeshore. The first half of the hike is solid ground, once you get to the lakeshore, it's all sandy dunes, which is a challenge to climb in hiking boots! The last quarter is back through the woods. We made it in about 2 hours and we were taking our time.

hiking
18 days ago

Nice well maintained trail. Dog friendly. 2 way traffic (several bicyclists). Beautiful in the fall! Indoor bathroom near parking lot.

paddle sports
18 days ago

Excellent trail that has few people as South Manitou is proffered by boat tourists. We did a mix of kayaking the perimeter of the island and hiking the trail in the afternoons and evening. Nice rustic tenting options too.

mountain biking
18 days ago

Great family friendly trail to bicycle the parameter of the island.

great trail. watch out for the bikers

scenic driving
20 days ago

This is awesome. A quick and fun little drive up to Overlook #9 for some nice vistas.

Go for the views. Stay for the views. Not a tough trail at all, making a beautiful panorama all the more available.

GREAT Trail! It has a little bit of everything - including some dune climbs much more sparsely populated than the designated dune climb area south(west) of here. Some good inclines with the baby in the bjorn on the chest got the heart rate up a bit. Terrific views at the top (about 1/3 of a mile in but a gradual incline)! And much of it all to yourself!

hiking
20 days ago

I was pleasantly surprised by the first 3rd of this trail. The landscape is great! I like many of the hills and marshlands even better than the hills in Pinckney. Then, out of the blue, you end up in somebody’s backyard. You have to then hike down a street in a small subdivision until you find the hill with the trail. Back on the trail at this point is probably the best section in the park, then you get to a couple more houses. Once you pass the road, the trail gets pretty uninteresting. There’s lots of overgrowth with twists and turns. Just not my cup of tea.

Having said all of that, I will still be visiting the trail again and again. The sections in the first half of the hike are beautiful. Some of the best around southeast Michigan.

hiking
21 days 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/

trail running
21 days ago

I have ran the trail a couple times and really enjoy it, the most difficult trail you will find in southeastern Michigan. Mountain bikes travel in the opposite direction, so you have to keep your eye out for them. I try to get out there early, but still come across a dozen bikers on the weekend.

Nice short trip

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.

Great fall hike, lots colorful trees

The construction is complete and the hike is easy. Beautiful views of the falls and canyon. There is also an access trail to the North Country Trail off the path to the falls. It is well marked.

hiking
25 days ago

well groomed, beautiful color tour trail... ready for the challenge?! walk the whole thing morning to evening!... 34 miles of beauty.

I was surprised by this trail. I wasn’t expecting it to be much more than a walking path. But had some pretty challenging hills, especially when on the bike trails. I also liked being able to get to the cider mill from the trail.

Family friendly park. Much of the path wide enough for both hikers and bikers. Pretty well groomed. Could have improved marking. Lots of spots to rest and easy access to restroom and trash receptacles.

hiking
26 days ago

Nice enough trail. When it goes to a seasonal road it is very easy to loose the trail. Lots of trail signs that make it kid of confusing.

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