Pontiac Lake

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AVERAGE RATING
*****
4.58 out of 5
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11
miles

Singletrack
↑ 2,700 ft
↓ 2,800 ft
1,044
elevation (ft)

Loop
Trail Description
About this trail
Theres only one trail, its an 11 mile loop. This is a fun ride. Well kept trail.
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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  RedRover   on Jun 21, 2015
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Reviews (31)
 

Granny Gear

August 21, 2015
 
Review: Great trail. Almost all single track

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Gramcounter


August 2, 2015
 
Review: Love this trail. My only suggestion is that you start in the actual park because it's closest to the hardest section, and not up by the air fields off of White Lake Rd. I have started up there several times and by the time you get to the truly hilly sections of the trail you will be slightly worn out. Also, as others have warned, once you are on the trail it is very hard to get back without finishing the loop so make sure you don't go super late with a dying bike light.

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Granny Gear

July 5, 2015
 
Review: I'm a pretty casual rider- I try and get out to a trail and off the cement 1 to 2 times a month at least and this trail kicked my butt. I insisted on riding it as I've read great things and after living in Texas for a year I was itching for a good Michigan trail. This trail was a blast to ride but the hill climbs were rough on me and ended up walking up quite a few of the hills. I will absolutely be back as my in-laws live minutes away on the lake, after I get my cardio up, lol. The down hills were a ton of fun and pretty fast. Be sure to wear bug spray, your helmet and gloves (the down hills can get pretty rough and you don't want to slip your hand), I have some nasty skeeter welts. My only complaint is that there aren't any easy ways to get out other than the half way point if you have the luxury of being picked up (which I did, but still finished out).

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Bunny Hop

June 6, 2015
coppertop Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Fun trail I rode it after a week of heavy rain and felt it drains pretty well Nice climbs, fun descents

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Bunny Hop

October 5, 2014
TJ Dlugosz Bunny Hop  
 
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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Granny Gear

September 18, 2014
MTBposer Granny Gear  
 
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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Granny Gear

August 30, 2014
girarj Granny Gear  
 
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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Gramcounter

August 18, 2014
bikinhard Gramcounter  
 
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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Gramcounter

August 5, 2014
 
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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Gramcounter

July 20, 2014
 
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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Pontiac Lake MTB Trail 4.58 out of 5 based on 31 ratings. 31 user reviews.
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