Dave and I are currently in training mode for an upcoming backpacking trip to Isle Royale. We wanted training hikes that were nearby, that were fairly long in distance (about 10-11 miles) and somewhat hilly, at least as hilly as we could get in Southeastern Michigan! And the Potawatomi Trail fit the bill! The trail is located in the Pinckney State Recreation Area and is 17.5 miles in its entirety and overlaps with both the Crooked Lake Trail and the Waterloo-Pinckney Trail.
We pack a lunch and have a bit of a picnic at Blind Lake. It’s a little over halfway through the hike and there is a pit toilet available. And it’s nice to take off your boots and socks and soak your feet for a bit in the cool lake water before hitting the trail again.
After our first hike, we were dying! It was super humid and there was just no relief. On top of that, we hadn’t hiked in a long time. We’ve been running, swimming, and working out in general, but no hiking and definitely not exercising with 30+ pound packs on! We started getting a little worried about whether or not we’d be able to tackle around 50 miles of rugged trail on Isle Royale. However, our second hike went much smoother. The weather was gorgeous, hot, but not too hot, no humidity and a nice breeze. We were still tired afterwards, but not dead. So we’re feeling a lot better about the trip.