Route: Waterloo-Pinckney Trail (MI)

Michigan, US
35 mi
Vertical Gain
4,850 ft

The Waterloo-Pinckney Trail is a 36-mile-long hiking trail which runs through Waterloo State Recreation Area and Pinckney Recreation Area in southeastern Michigan, United States. Part of the trail also passes through Park Lyndon County Park. The trail travels through glacial features such as eskers and kettle lakes as well as swamps and open meadows remaining from abandoned farmlands. Forest types include oak and pine. The trail tops out at 1,128 feet (344 m) on Sackrider Hill, 208 feet (63 m) above surroundings, the largest elevation gain. Other hills and ridges give 50-to-150-foot (15 to 46 m) rises. The trail is blazed with blue triangles and at some points shares trails with the Potawatomi Trail and the nature trails around the Eddy Discovery Center. Part of the trail is open to mountain biking and horseriding and hunting is allowed in most areas along the trail.

*** Voted August 2019 as a "Michigan Triple Crown of FKTs" route *** 

  1. Pictured Rocks Lakeshore Trail
  2. Manistee River Trail Loop
  3. Waterloo-Pinckney Trail


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I, Jamieson Hatt, will be attempting an unsupported, out and back variation of the Waterloo Pinckney trail on Monday, Oct 28/19. I plan on starting at portage lake bright and early. I’ll be carrying all my food and utilizing the water on the course. Water fountain 1/4 and 3/4 of the way. Well 1/2 way. Hopefully this does the job. Here’s my live tracking link.

I, Victoria Zakrzewski, will be attempting an unsupported FKT on this route starting at Portage Lake in Waterloo Recreation and ending at Silver Lake in Pinckney Recreation area on December 5th 2020.