Honeymoon Cabin

Honeymoon Cabin Loop - Pigeon River Country State Forest

***UPDATE:  Unfortunately the Honeymoon Cabin was removed by the Michigan DNR in 2015 due to safety hazards.  I have not returned to this hike, and so cannot attest to there being any view available at the former site of the cabin. I'm certain the forest is  quickly returning to where the cabin was located by now.  Please consider this before heading out ! ***


There are two backcountry cabins within Pigeon River Country State Forest and both are located within a couple miles of each other just west of Pickeral Lake in Otsego County. Rumor had it that one of these cabins, the so-called Honeymoon cabin, was one of the nicer backcountry stops in all of Michigan. A four mile trail leads one way out to the cabins but I was skeptical that, despite the positive reviews, these cabins were not worth an 8-mile round-trip hike. Noticing that a loop might be made from nearby Pickeral Lake, which I had visited last year and enjoyed thoroughly. As it turned out there was an unmarked trail that linked the two pathways and I was able to make a pleasant four mile loop, visiting both cabins and saving a number of miles hiking in the process...


Trailhead GPS Coordinates:  45.176876, -84.519523


Route Type:  Loop

Difficulty:  HARD (due to ill-defined route)

Mileage Hiked: 4.0 miles

Trailhead Temp: 71'F

Min. Elevation: 890'

Max Elevation: 1,100' 


Trails Used (blaze color):  Green Timbers-Honeymoon Cabin (unblazed), Pickeral Creek (unblazed), Pickeral Lake (blue)


  • William Ryan

    on May 8, 2018

    I think I was at the location of the honeymoon cabin today. All that was there was a small fire pit. Was the cabin taken down? Or did I go to the wrong place?

  • cindy

    on October 15, 2014

    we were at the honeymoon cabin. on oct 12, 2014. hadn't been there in 3 years. its a mess!!! is there any club. society, etc., that over sees it? really hate to see it fall down. any info would be appreciated!

  • Kevin

    on March 31, 2011

    I used to live in Vanderbilt and spent many weekends in Green Timbers. If you do decided to go make sure you clean up after yourselves. One of the most beautiful places in Michigan and thankfully, to this point, unknown to the massess.

  • Frank

    on November 23, 2010

    The river in front of the Green Timbers Cabin is the Sturgeon River. Pickerel Creek is a much smaller trib entering the Sturgeon just South of the bridge from which the 5th photo from the top was taken (the mount of the Pickerel is in the bottom left of the photo). From the top photo, Pickerel Creek would be ahead, at the bottom of the hill. In the second photo, Pickerel runs parallel to the trail, on the left. There is a trail leading left (South) in that area that crosses a bridge over the Pickerel. Following it South leads to a road accessible from Sturgeon Valley Rd.

    There are a couple of parking areas near the trail in these photos. One is right near the first photo.

    Love this area. Have hiked these trails many times.