Pontiac Lake

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↑ 2,800 ft
↓ 2,700 ft
1,044
elevation (ft)
7.6
avg mph
117
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53
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0:57
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4.52 out of 5
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added by Guest on July 11, 2006
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Theres only one trail, its an 11 mile loop. This is a fun ride. Well kept trail.
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TJ Dlugosz on October 5, 2014
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Review: Awsome ride! rocks, rocks, rocks, making it very rough but extremely fun. always seems like your going uphill but when you go downhill its very rewarding. flows very nice. I will for sure be going back here!

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MTBposer on September 18, 2014
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Review: Pretty fun trail, though I think rating it as Advanced is bit of a stretch. The are some moderate climbs, has nice flow in certain areas, and quite a few downhills that have a decreasing radius turn at the bottom attempting to run you right into a tree as you have both brakes fully locked up. You can see where some of our colleagues didn't quite make it and left skid marks off to the wrong side of the tree. The first easy/difficult turn-off is pretty fun and provides a little bit of steep down hill. The second one is a bit of a joke, should have just been the main trail. Throw in some more Difficult turn-offs and add some obstacles and I'll give this place a 5-star.

Similar Trail: Potawatomi

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girarj on August 30, 2014
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Review: Great gem! Truly a must for any rider! Intermediate to advanced riders will love this trail! It's very similar to the Potawatomi.

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bikinhard on August 18, 2014
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Review: Great trail that gets a lot of use. If you go on the off times you will see very few people. try not to go during peak times because there are so many peole riding the trail. But it does get so much use because it is an amazing trail. there are also a couple of different offshoots that allow you to make the ride a little easier or a little harder.
it is next to impossible to get lost on this trail and it is always well mantained because of the amount of people that love this trail.
if you are going to try it for the fist time just take it slow and figure it. some of the turns are pretty sharp and some the uphills are quite long. there are also a few good rock gardens but there are no drops so if you are not comfortable with them you dont have to fear.
it is pretty much impossible not to have fun on this trail.
stay safe and enjoy

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Ryan Tester on August 5, 2014
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Review: This trail is fast and has a great flow to it - moderate to above average climbs for the region, with a couple of great descents. Lots of big, bold river rocks and tree roots. No man-made obstacles, which I found to be kind of a bummer, but the way the trail is laid out more than makes up for it.

It clocks in at 10 miles long and is a gigantic loop; my only complaint is that once you are on it you are stuck - if you need to cut out and leave, or if you have an issue with gear that you can't fix on the trail, it's not the friendliest to get back to the parking lot.

Similar Trail: Poto

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Brook Hanes on July 20, 2014
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Review: A great ride! Some challenging hills. Lots of rocks in the trail made it more challenging! Well marked, easy to follow.

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Colton Lock on July 14, 2014
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Review: Love this trail. Not your typical Michigan trail. A few great climbs - lots of rocks and technical features which makes it awesome!

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tnt_bike on July 2, 2014
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Review: Wow ... what a fun ride! Thanks singletracks.com for finding this one for us. A fun one-way loop with lots of banked corners and a few rocky sections sprinkled around to keep us on our toes.
We loved it so much fun we did 3 laps.
Park at the day use area and a swim in the lake afterwards feels great!

Similar Trail: Potawatomi Trail

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irocss85 on April 13, 2014
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Review: some tough climbs. lots of Rock and roots in the path. Could use some man-made obstacles If you ask me. But still a tough trail. Some pretty views of the lake.

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srdrawman on January 24, 2014
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Review: Wooo hooooo! That's what you'll be saying for about 50 % of this trail. It's great; well kept and fairly well marked. It offers the perfect combination of hard climbs and fast downhills, with plenty of the "wheee" factor. The flow on the trail is great as well, and because it's not too long, you can ride the trail a few times in one trip. It does tend to drain a little slowly, especially after the spring thaw, but it usually runs dry in the summer and fall.

Similar Trail: Potawatomi Trail

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Scott Oakes on July 19, 2013
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Review: This is a great ride, its just like a smaller version of Poto. Smooth track with good ups and fast downs

Similar Trail: Potowami

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Ryan44 on December 31, 2012
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Review: For a fatty weekend warrior like myself one loop is plenty. It lots of fun, plenty to keep your eyes busy, and plenty of nature to pass by

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dzpd23 on May 27, 2012
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Review: Pontiac lake is probably the most popular and most used trail on Metro Detroit and for good reason. Some extended climbs the first couple of miles provide you with some sweet fast single track later. Be careful of the loose areas there is plentiful poison ivy here.

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Zoo1424 on March 31, 2012
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Review: One of my favs. Excellent singletrack. Decent climbs, fun downhill sections. As another reviewer mentioned, two loops is a good workout for the average mt biker. Well worth the trip.

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mommy on March 11, 2012
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Review: Hard tireing steep down hills are fun up hills are steep overall veary veary fun.

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Davemtbkayak on January 17, 2012
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Review: Good trails. 2 loops is a pretty good workout for the average+ rider. Good climbs, some technical spots, plenty of flow, rocks and roots, and overall a blast. I would give it 5 stars if it had some manmade features and more technical areas. Overall- fun trails.

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specialized1911 on October 12, 2011
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Review: Great Climbs and awesome downhill. You need to keep your eyes open and stay on your toes.

Similar Trail: Highland

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Hiscrusader on September 28, 2011
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Review: This trail is sick. It's a tough workout, but it's really rewarding. Super fun downhills and challenging technical climbs. One of the best in the metro-detroit area.

Similar Trail: highland recreation area

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irishpitbull on September 26, 2011
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Review: Awesome trail. Every climb has a rewarding and fun down hill. One climb after the super cool natural made half pipe is pretty steep but overall most climbs are manageable.

Similar Trail: Poto's little brother.

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nspb001 on October 18, 2010
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Review: Great MTB Trail, pretty difficult climbs that will really work you but nothing unmanageable. Its worth it b/c the downhills are a lot of fun, this trail keeps your heart rate up so its a really great and fun workout.

Similar Trail: Highland Park

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rudy1337 on August 15, 2010
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Review: Decent singletrack trail. Almost featureless unless you consider sweepers, rocks and roots features. Lots of rocks, downhills are rutted with rocks and roots, then you hit the sand at the bottom of each downhill that scrubs off a lot of speed. The first 3 miles seems to be a continuous climb with small breathers here and there. About the 6 3/4ish mile mark you hit a tough climb that is followed by a pretty sweet downhill at MM7. Nearing the end is a good climb to get you breathing a little harder again. Downhill that follows is rewarding and brings you back to the lot.

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Tim_Fausch on January 30, 2010
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Review: Pontiac Lake is a great trail for those seeking a mix of intermediate to challenging runs. Excellent mix of straightaways to catch your breath in between rolling hills and turns. I always feel like I go a little faster here (even though I probably don't).

* Review edited 1/30/2010

Similar Trail: Similar to some of the Stoney trails, but longer.

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MINIC on November 2, 2009
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Review: A great trail. I call it Metro Detroit Michigan's super G as there are loads of sweepers along with many other features. Lots of rocks, roots and 2 or 3 notable climbs. The first is a switchback climb with little time for rest except at the top. the second is just after the downhill "S" and you enter a steep climb with not much wiggle room. The last is just about at the end you can take it straight up or I prefer the switchback climb which snakes around, However, there are many other switchbacks to keep you smiling.

Similar Trail: Bloomer, Fort Custer, West loop at Holly (Holdridge)

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AmericanBandit on June 17, 2009
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Review: 12ish miles of pure singletrack - a few grueling climbs, nice descents, great scenery and if you're a noob just go slow and you'll be fine

Similar Trail: Holly Rec (Holdridge) Stoney Creek

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advocate on December 23, 2008
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Review: This is a great course for more advanced riding. The quad switchback climb at 2 miles taxes even experts. The reward is a beautiful view of of Pontiac lake and the entire area surrounding it. The finishing double switchback is also an O2 abuser. In between is a lot of variety, including a few jumps, climbs, ridge descents, rock gardens and tree roots. Several races are held here each year for good reason. Pros turn the course in about 40 minutes. A nice ride might take 1 hour to 1 and a half. Not a beginner's course. Bring your gear-tire flats are common.

* Review edited 12/23/2008

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WWS on March 1, 2008
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Review: Oh Baby. This one is pretty cool. The first Huge climb is called "Puke Hill". Trust me, it actually happened to one of my over confident friends one day, and I have also seen other marking left over by people who think its a good idea to eat right before they ride. It's just like swimming people come on. Anyways this trail is lots of fun. Watch out for large rocks on you descends . and in the summer it does get a bit sandy. The coolest thing is the half pipe looking thing which actually looks a lot more difficult than it really is. Make sure to bring plenty of water. Better to have more than to run out.

Similar Trail: Highland

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skiboarder119 on October 10, 2007
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Review: Trail is overall pretty average difficulty. There are a couple spots that get hairy if your going fast; such as a half-pipe type section made out of a steep creek ravine. This makes the trail very interesting, also has some great views.

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Pontiac Lake MTB Trail 4.52 out of 5 based on 27 ratings. 27 user reviews.
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