Potawatomi trail

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AVERAGE RATING
*****
4.67 out of 5
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Intermediate
24
miles

Singletrack
↑ 3,700 ft
↓ 3,900 ft
881
elevation (ft)

Loop
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 January 1, 2003
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: Is there jumps -Guest

A: no, maybe one or two "bumps" but no formal jumps i would say

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Reviews (62)
 



August 29, 2016
Guest   
 
Review: challenging, lot of uphill climbs that twist w/ roots....beautiful landscape!

Similar Trail: pontiac w rocks replaced by roots

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Granny Gear

August 8, 2016
squid Granny Gear  
 
Review: Nice trail, many steep rollers, and one longer climb. I wouldn't consider it to be highly technical and not very many obstacles other than a few rocks, some tight turns, and root ledges on most decents. Overall - a nice trail, fun ride, and I will return. Pros = scenic, long, steep climbs and decents, smooth and fast. Cons = loose sand and gravel in spots (sketchy when at the bottom of decent and on corners). Heavy traffic, trail marking could be better (my first time there, so I had to stop a few times to study map at intersections).

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Bunny Hop

July 27, 2016
 
Review: A lot of comments made previously are pertinent. Good solid length that will leave you feeling like a good workout, short and sharp uphill sections with roots just at the point to boink you and doing the ascent clean, quick descents that you can build speed on, roots, scattered rocks, gravel, sand, pack. Can be narrow and overgrown in places, wide and braided in others ( I confess that after mile 15, I was seeking the easiest line and glad that other riders had set it) It is shown to run CW. They should alternate days. I ran it on a weekday and only a handful of hikers and bikers. I can see how crowds could be a problem. It is a multi-use trail. It is intermediate for its cardio effort but not overly technical. It is showing hard wear of time and hard worn by the FS crowd. Bridges over wetlands and canals connecting the lakes.

Similar Trail: Pontiac

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July 25, 2016
Guest   
 
Review: The Poto is one trail that continues to everlasting change and growth, their is a saying if you can do the Poto you can do anything! Pleas take this to heart if it is your first time out mountain biking or you think you want to do the whole trail before testing out the smaller silver lake or crooked lake trail pleas reconsider. On just about every outing on the Poto I find some one with little to no gear or a bike that is ill equipped or just flat out broken, also the trail is not marked well so if you have trouble with maps or no cell survive getting out can be troublesome. Not to scare any one away but this is a very awesome trail with mostly natural features and is second to none the lake at the trail head is super clean and always fun so enjoy yourselves and be cautious about the trails

Similar Trail: Brighton rec, island lake

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Bunny Hop

June 11, 2016
myslenb Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Definitely not an intermediate trail. Some pretty steep sandy hills. Great ride but definitely some very technical jumps, and hill climbs. Had a lot of fun on this trail.

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Granny Gear

April 24, 2016
Joobicon Granny Gear  
 
Review: Some harder areas but not much. The climbs are short like most of Michigan trails. I only say that because out west u can climb 2 to 3 k in elevation with out a flat spot till the top. This is a great trail for fat bikes also in the winter. One of my fave in michigan.

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Gramcounter

April 9, 2016
needa29er Gramcounter  
 
Review: Who ever rated this Intermediate is dead wrong. This place has more jumps and extreme downhill than anywhere in Southern Michigan. Anyways this place kicks ass basically. I have yet to complete it. I was starving and honestly too exusted from biking the day before. But i rest in the winter right? The trail doesnt start like most trails theres alot of climbing that needs to get done. Imbarking out on this trail with out any skills like you cant bunny hop or side jump will get you in trouble quick there maybe four to five root jumps that you must decide to hit one but deciding to bail will cost you. Ive only been once but the day i went in my first mile i seen people lost, chain broke, and people who looked like they just got beat up or something turnig back from so bad trip. So i was instantly on point instead of relaxed. I actually was on a mission due to word some one had lost track of a friend. So i was in search of so guy lets not mention said lost friend. I was so motivated i was just flying hitting jumps id never seen beforehand just going with the flow that the best advice learn thus places flow. So i find this guy he was all mangled and to was his new carbon rim and his whole body was bruised and he was bleedingba bit. He didnt want help so i kept riding my ten year old bike around. The course was really taking alot of energy out of me i was making it up most acents but people werent some time which was another obstacle there but be prepared to get off you bike begrudgingly. And enjoy more acents there after into more bad ass downhills im telling you think place is a must for anyone who think your good.

Similar Trail: PLRA or NTN but like stoney but not stoney but BLRA kinda

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Gramcounter

September 8, 2016
Joker_Man Gramcounter  
 
Review: Don't listen to the "bro" who calls this an easy, flowy trail. It's neither easy or flowy. The trail was originally built in the 1950's...

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Gramcounter

May 29, 2016
Guest Gramcounter  
 
Review: Bro...This trail is as easy at it gets. Very non technical. Fast and flawy.

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Granny Gear

March 12, 2016
jakekue3 Granny Gear  
 
Review: Great trail. Be careful though, even though everything is dry and thawed here, they still arent allowing anyone on the trails yet. I am unsure when they will lift the restriction but i would definitely call the ranger's station before making the drive out. It will only make conditions that much better when they do allow ppl on the trails

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Gnarly


December 7, 2015
ARDurand Gnarly  
 
Review: I love this trail. Absolutely enjoy each trip I make here. If you want a long ride you can take the entire loop or if you are a little short on time, there are options for that as well.

Some of the sections have great flow while others are sandy, gravely, rooted, rocky and/or smooth. A great place to learn to ride or to really advance your skills.

Some of the climbs are real burners and if you're not going in the right gear, you'll be hiking it up that hill.

One of the best if not the best (haven't been to Copper Harbor or many others) in Michigan.

Similar Trail: Maybury, Yankee and Custer

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Granny Gear

November 1, 2015
stabor7 Granny Gear  
 
Review: Best trail I have ridden in Michigan thus far. The down hills have some sketchy roots and drops and that combined with all the dead leaf cover made for slow rolling. Then a local rider passed me and I followed him the rest of the way. His line was fast and guided me through the unseen roots and ruts. It actually felt like mountain biking because there was some elevation change! The trail has good flow in some sections and most of the roots are on up/down hills so the flats are smooth and fast with some small berms to take advantage of.

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Potawatomi trail MTB Trail 4.67 out of 5 based on 62 ratings. 62 user reviews.
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