Honeymoon Cabin Loop, Pigeon River Country, Otsego County (5-6-09) - dwhike
Honeymoon Cabin

Honeymoon Cabin Loop - Pigeon River Country State Forest

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

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)