The Waterloo-Pinckney Hiking Trail is a 36-mile, 3-day trail traveling between Big Portage Lake Day Use Area and Silver Lake Beach affording recreational opportunities to hikers, mountain bikers, horseback riders, and cross-country skiers. The trail is marked by DNR trail triangles that you need to keep your eye on particularly when crossing Park Lyndon, a metropolitan parcel. The trail is considered a moderate hike that explores small creeks, lowlands and high ridges that are enjoyable for those desiring a challenge but easy enough for the moderately physically fit. Significant ascents include the very picturesque Pond Lily Lookout and Sackrider Hill, a climb to nearly 1,200 feet. The lowlands areas, particularly in the vicinity of Baldwin Road, are favorable habitat for songbirds. Camping is available at designated sites: Sugarloaf Lake Campground and Green Lake Campground. Be prepared for innumerable road crossings and a brush with property lines adjoining a state correctional facility. Compass, binoculars, water, appropriate attire, maps, and bug repellant are recommended.
Directions: From Chelsea, MI, Western Trailhead: Travel Interstate 94 to Race Road. Take Race Road north approximately 1 mile. Turn right onto Seymour Road. Entrance to Big Portage Lake Day Use is half mile on left. Trailhead is by boat ramps.
Elevation: 1,128 feet
Distance: 36 miles
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