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Distance:
34.0 Miles / 54.7 km
Type:
One-Way
Difficulty:
Hard
Time to Hike:
17 hours
Features:
Surface Type:
Dirt
Park:
Pinckney State Recreation Area
Town:
Waterloo Township, Michigan
Directions:
16345 McClure Rd, Chelsea, MI 48118
42.328686, -84.178282
Added:
December 19, 2016
Updated:
March 06, 2018
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278 '

Total Change
1,828 '

Ascent
1,894 '

Descent

The Waterloo-Pickney Trail is a 34 mile one-way trail that runs through Waterloo State Recreation Area and Pickney State Recreation Area. The western terminus starts at Waterloo Township, but you can also start this hike from Silver Lake. The trails passes various glacier features like Eskers and Kettle Lake along with swamps and meadows remaining from abandoned farmlands.

The trail is marked with blue blazes and at points runs along the Potawatomi Trail. The trail is also open to mountain biking and horse riding in certain sections. Hunting is also allowed along the trail, so wearing orange during hunting season is key here.

Camping/Backpacking: Trailside camping is available within designated campgrounds. Please contact the park office for registration information before you camp.

Note: this GPS data provides 30 miles from the western trailhead terminus to Silver Lake since Silver Lake is roughly the final destination for this trail. There are various shortcuts, offshoots, and routes you can take to get to Silver Lake; however, once you cross Crescent Drive, you'll be hiking along the Potawatomi Trail as well.

Explore 5 trails near Waterloo Township, MI
  1. Parking

    42.328686, -84.178282
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    42.328705, -84.17817
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Hazards

Ticks - Lyme Disease More Info (CDC)
Poison Ivy/Oak

Seasons

Spring, Summer, Fall

Blaze Color

Blue
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Trail Guide By:
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34.0 miles / 54.7 km
Trail added
December 19, 2016
Hiked on
December 19, 2016
Updated on
March 06, 2018

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