Potawatomi trail

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AVERAGE RATING
*****
4.65 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 December 31, 2002
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Recent Trail Check-ins     (55 total check-ins)
  kuhnmark   on Dec 30, 2015
  Janelle Holt   on Dec 13, 2015
  jyossarian24   on Dec 13, 2015
  Gary Schomberger   on Dec 13, 2015
  Brian Kuntz   on Nov 1, 2015
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Reviews (54)
 

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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Gnarly


October 16, 2015
Dave Hunt Gnarly  
 
Review: Killer loop. Best trail I've ridden in Michigan thus far. Well marked. Looking forward to some winter fat bike or xc ski sessions in the future.

Similar Trail: Fort custer, heritage park

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October 3, 2015
Guest   
 
Review: Good flow and length. Nice little fun drops and good roots to jump off. Lots of roots to make the short climbs and descents fun. Good curves that don't scrub your speed. All the bridges are well-made often with good views of the lake channels. Lots of bikers and a few hikers, so enjoy but keep watch. Fall colors are beautiful, so it's a great time to get in a pretty ride.

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September 30, 2015
Guest   
 
Review: My favorite trail around here! It is maintained for the most part but currently there is a washout on a down hill area that is very sketchy for people unaware of it. It is about 6 miles in to the loop, right in the middle of a downhill section. There is a washed out "caynon" that you can either stay left where there is a big tree, or go right which makes your turn very sharp into some roots, you cant go through it because your pedals will catch but your wheels will drop right through. I recommend staying left and watch out for the tree.

Similar Trail: Yankee Springs

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Granny Gear

September 7, 2015
 
Review: Great trail that is mostly intermediate with a handful of tough climbs and descents. Unless you are fairly advanced you will be walking up some root encrusted ascents. Significant sand sections but a small part of the overall length.

What kills the flow is that there are a lot of hikers on this trail. Maybe on a weekday it is better, but I saw around 10-15 groups during my ride. It is annoying for cyclists and downright dangerous for hikers.

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September 1, 2015
Guest   
 
Review: Lovely

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Trailblazer


July 22, 2015
Rick Plite Trailblazer  
 
Review: Old school and new school mix of fun.

Similar Trail: Yankee Springs, Pontiac Lake

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Trailblazer


July 22, 2015
Rick Plite Trailblazer  
 
Review: Old school and new school mix of fun.

Similar Trail: Yankee Springs, Pontiac Lake

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Gramcounter


July 15, 2015
 
Review: This is a beautifully maintained trail. Really fun to ride and the perfect distance for a good days workout. There are some good hills, and some rooty sections. Nothing too scary, but a good challenge for a beginner mountain biker!

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Gramcounter

October 17, 2015
 
Review: Love this trail! The drive here (from home) is almost as long the ride itself. (that's how good it is) Excellent flow, lotsa speed and fun drops. short, punchy & rooty climbs hone tech skills. The outside loop (17 mi) is the best. Still got something left? then do the inner loop (10 mi) Just a fun ride for intermediate riders.

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Potawatomi trail MTB Trail 4.65 out of 5 based on 54 ratings. 54 user reviews.
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