Pontiac Lake

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4.58 out of 5
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11
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↑ 2,700 ft
↓ 2,800 ft
1,044
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Trail Description
About this trail
There's only one trail, its an 11 mile loop. This is a fun ride. Well kept trail.

added: The orignal one sentance description is an injustice - both to the trail and to unsuspecting newcomers who might try it ill informed. This is an advanced trail, not the toughest around but not for the feint of heart or weak of legs. There is a lot of climbing - like 600' cumulative climb. Lots of roots and rocks but not so much to prevent speed - which can be had in abundance is places. This is a loop tail with no convenient bailout options so be prepared to finish. (You can bail at the model airplane area but its a long ride on hardtop back to trailhead.) Main trailhead is Pontiac Lake State Rec Area which means restrooms and water are available. there are no amenities once you are on trail. Intermediate riders should expect to finish in about 1:15ish.
added by Guest July 11, 2006
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: can you hike the bike trail? Looking for a 10 mile (11) loop hike -Guest

A: no

Guest answered on September 5, 2016. Did you find this helpful? Yes | No

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Q: is it technical? any man-made features? rock gardens? jumps? -apmountainrider

A: its a rewarding trail with good down hill and fun climbs.no man made features, or gardens or big jumps.

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Reviews (40)
 

Bunny Hop

September 15, 2016
 
Review: This trail is super close to my in-laws & I'm not in the greatest shape for this trail, but I do it for the downhills, so I take the ass kicking for the adrenaline. Totally worth it and great fun but be sure you are in shape otherwise it can be a bit daunting and dangerous. Bug spray and gloves are highly recommended.... some sand spots can get kinda dicey.

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Bunny Hop


August 17, 2016
 
Review: Decent loop, a little overrated in my opinion

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Bunny Hop

July 17, 2016
 
Review: Amazing. Who would have thought such good trail and nature getaway so close to such development. Mix of smooth pack, to glacial grabbers to swoops and dips and fast, quick downhills and short, sharp uphills. Can be as hard as you can ride it.

WATCH FOR: New trail map shows the trail is one-way, clockwise (even though trail wear shows somebody is riding ccw.)

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Bunny Hop


June 28, 2016
cmwestdorp Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Definitely wish I had a full suspension bike instead of a hard tail, but the trail was great none the less!

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Granny Gear

June 3, 2016
Heather57 Granny Gear  
 
Review: Always a good ride. Gets better every time. Great way to get your practice in but it is a dangerous trail if you're not careful.

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Granny Gear

May 22, 2016
DevDoc Granny Gear  
 
Review: Great overall roughly 10 mile trail. Well maintained and contains several technical areas which have alternatives if not desired. Many rollong hills makes for a fun ride.

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Gramcounter


March 12, 2016
 
Review: Some of the best vertical climbs and tech features in southeast michigan.

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Bunny Hop

January 14, 2016
 
Review: Rode it with snow on the ground and it was awesome! It is a fast trail at the beginning, but towards the end the climbs start! I will be back in the spring to check out this great trail!

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Gramcounter


November 9, 2015
daleydan Gramcounter  
 
Review: This is a great trail! It kicked my butt and threw me off my bike! Lot's of fun! Get ready for some climbing. There was lots of it. But with that came some fast downhills. You can easily break 20MPH. The track felt split 50/50 between up & down hills. The downhills were the best part, plenty of quick switchbacks, roots, rocks and banks to keep them entertaining. It is missing some made made obstacles. I seen some work being done. Honestly though I didn't miss them, with all the hills. This trail is PURE Michigan, woods, hills, rocks, sands, roots and so many views of lakes and ponds...Very scenic trail, just watch out for trees!....What more could you ask for?! It felt intermediate with a hand full of technical stuff to make parts advanced, just because of the climbs and fast downs.

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Granny Gear

August 22, 2015
 
Review: Great trail. Almost all single track

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Pontiac Lake MTB Trail 4.58 out of 5 based on 40 ratings. 40 user reviews.
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