Pickerel Lake Loop
ElevationAscent: 444' 135 m
Descent: -443' -135 m
High: 1,016' 310 m
Low: 843' 257 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 20% (12°)
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“An extended, full tour on the wooded and boardwalk trails around the nature preserve at Pickerel Lake.”— Zander Göpfert
Given the amount of water through this area, numerous bird species can be seen as well as other local wildlife. This can also mean bugs in the warmer months.
This loop heads in the clockwise direction in order to follow the one-way section of the Lake Trail on the east side. Of course, this route can be shortened to accommodate time or ability. An obvious section to bypass is the Sandy Knoll Trail by continuing west onto the Woodland Trail, cutting off just over a mile in length.
At the end of this stretch, there is a bathroom, which is closed in the offseason.
Continue into the woods as the Lake Trail bends to the left (southwest) toward the entrance for the Sandy Knoll Trail, which winds through the Larch Swamp area with the short spur of the Larch Swamp Trail. Back at the lollipop stem of the Sandy Knoll Trail, use the Woodland Branch Trail to continue north toward the Woodland Trail, with the first sustained hill climb of the run and the high point of the loop just before the two-mile mark.
Along the Woodland Trail, you'll pass three trail entrances, each to the left; the first is a Woodland Branch Trail that heads to the boundary of the preserve and Sunfish Lake Road, the second and third are the entrance/exit of the Highland Trail loop, which adds a half-mile loop for visitors looking for even more mileage.
Just before the 2.5-mile mark, the Woodland Trail will rejoin the Lake Trail for some lakeshore travel before the final one-way section through the vibrant marshes of Pickerel Lake before returning to the main parking area.
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Land Manager: Kent County Parks and Recreation