Potawatomi trail

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.63 out of 5
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Intermediate
24
miles

Singletrack
↑ 3,700 ft
↓ 3,900 ft
928
elevation (ft)

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Trail Description
About this trail
Here, 20 miles northwest of Ann Arbor, you'll find three trails: the 17-mile Potawatomi Trail, the 5.1-mile Crooked Lake Trail and the 1.9-mile Silver Lake Trail. The routes are shared with hikers. If you double the length of Pontiac Lake and replace the rocks with roots, you have Poto. Trails from 1.9 to 17.5 miles round trip. Biking season: All year (8 a.m. to 10 p.m.). Other activities include bicycling, boating, camping (reservation), canoeing, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, picnicking, swimming, water skiing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling. Dining in Chelsea, Dexter, Pinckney. Bike shops in Chelsea (Chelsea Bike & Sports-313/475-9371), Pinckney (Village Cyclery-313/878-0117) Bike rentals: Pinckney (Village Cyclery).
added by Guest December 31, 2002
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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May 21, 2015
 
Review: roots, banks, bugs, rocks, campsites, hills, bloody hills!

a fun trail (I skipped the outermost loop, short on time) that will make you work for it. there's a bit of longer uphill and downhill sections. lots of erosion, it is an old trail. I wish I'd brought a bug mask the mosquitoes were so thick. I wouldn't call it an advanced trail, but you gotta work your ass off to ride it.

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April 13, 2015
 
Review: This is one of my favorite trails in the Midwest. I grew up just outside of the park and have ridden it many times, to the point where I know almost every turn on the 19 mile loop. I think it's a great trail: flowing in spots, a little technical in spots, some rocks and roots, but all in all just a fast ride through some nice Michigan forest.

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April 6, 2015
 
Review: Washed out but making a comeback! This trail has seen better times but the 3rd quarter of the trail has seen some awesome renovation, where you can see the old trail when down or even up the fall line?!?!

Similar Trail: Highlands

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December 28, 2014
 
Review: This trail is an absolute blast. It is very old, meaning it is relatively wide, deep, and eroded. Many of the hills have been reinforced, and much of the trail has gnarly roots that make up most of the technical features. On many of the down hills, the roots have created tall stairs which are a blast to hop down. The scenery is nice and there are many lakes to jump in if you get hot. The sandy nature of the trails creates a few slow spots, but the sand is the reason the area dries out so quickly after it rains. This is a highly coveted feature to those of us who are stuck with Ohio's clay. The Poto is definitely hilly in comparison to most trails in the Great Lakes area. This along with the fantastic flow give the trail an amazing, rollercoaster-type effect. Some have commented that the climbs are challenging, and I'm sure they are for the area. Still, I find it easier to ride the Poto twice than ride Mohican in Ohio once. All things being equal, I find this to be the most enjoyable trail I've ridden outside of the rocky mountains.

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December 28, 2014
 
Review: Rode this trail for the first time yesterday after a morning rain. The trail was muddy at places but not as much as I thought it would be, the trail has good drainage. There are quite a few hills on this trail and it's the toughest trail I've ridden so far, but it's equally as fun as it is hard. I'm on a single speed so I couldn't drive up quite a few hills, there were some big ones. There are some really long and fast descents after most of the ascents. Watch out for rooty dropouts on some of the descents. There are also some nice rock gardens towards the beginning and end portions of the trail. I had a good endo while riding over a rock garden during the beginning of the trail. There are different trails within the same trail system, the silver lake trail, the crooked lake trail and the Potawatami trail. The stations/markers are nicely configured, they tell you where you are, where the next intesection is and show a map to further illustrate it. I wanted to just stay on the Potawatami trail and during the beginning of the trail there were newer markers marking the Potawatami trail but further down the trail these seem to get further and further apart. I wish there were more of these. I got confused around Gosling lake where the trail turns into a two track for vehicles to get to a boat launch. Just follow the two track until you cross Patterson lake road where the trail continues. You have to cross a few roads to continue the Potawatami trail. I think 7 in all which were a combination of paved two way roads and unpaved two tracks. I also got a little confused at station 9 where I believe Crooked lake trail combines with Potawatami trail for the end leg of the trail. I noticed the signs no longer said Poto but only Crooked at this point but it worked out and took me back to the beach or station 1 which is where the parking lots are for the beach, not too far from where I parked at the trail head for the Potowatami trail which is at station 7. Overall a very nice challenging quite long trail, my odometer said around 19 miles in all.

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October 14, 2014
 
Review: I rode this trail for the first time yesterday and thought it was amazing! It was more than worth the 1.75 hour drive. Yes, there were alot of roots, but most were very rideable. There are a few pretty tough uphills, but the downhills make them rewarding. I had a downloaded map that I printed out ahead of time but the trail was so well marked I could have done without it.

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September 18, 2014
 
Review: Poto is my go-to whenever I have enough time to make the drive out there (not to mention ride 17 miles). It probably has the most challenging climbs in the area including the never-ender that others have mentioned. I think there are only two sandy areas that I recall, but they're nothing to get frazzled over - just plow through and get back to enjoying the other 16.9 miles. Obviously downhills are as dangerous as you make 'em. If that's your thing, Poto will oblige and hurt you. Otherwise, nothing too treacherous as long as you take it slow. Overall great trail that should be on everyone's list to ride. Even beginners - don't fear the length. Pack a lunch and take a little rest mid way through. You'll be fine.

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August 27, 2014
 
Review: Highly recommend! Fast, flowy and well maintained. Only two downed trees after a night of rain & storms, trail was well drained and still rideable. I'll definitely come back on my next business trip. $9.00 for a day pass, so come with some mula in your pocket, take debit or credit cards too (with ID). I ride PA, WV & KY so I wouldn't call this technical, but the sand bars can catch you off guard, so beware. No serious climbs, a few short steep juants, nothing to wind you. Give this a try!

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July 25, 2014
 
Review: First time riding today, did the full Potawatomi Trail. Don't mind some of the crazy climbs, challenges are good, although the sand pits are just flat out discouraging. Who the hell wants to pedal through sand?
Great descents, just watch out for root madness - some of the downhills are treacherous with the amount of obstacles in the way. Others flow much better.
Access to the park costs a few bucks, worth the day pass if you are going to spend the day; if you live anywhere nearby it is worth it to buy the season pass - $9 for a day pass or $31 for a season pass.
Will definitely be back.

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July 14, 2014
 
Review: Pretty fun singletrack trail. Hardpacked and fast.

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Potawatomi trail MTB Trail 4.63 out of 5 based on 40 ratings. 40 user reviews.
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