Potawatomi trail

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.68 out of 5
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Intermediate
24
miles

Singletrack
↑ 3,700 ft
↓ 3,900 ft
928
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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  Rick Plite   on Jul 22, 2015
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Gramcounter


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

Similar Trail: Yankee Springs, Pontiac Lake

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Gramcounter


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

Similar Trail: Yankee Springs, Pontiac Lake

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Bunny Hop


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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Doubletrack


July 8, 2015
mongwolf Doubletrack  
 
Review: Here is a link to the Michigan DNR map for the "Poto". It is VERY helpful on the trail. You can also get a copy of the map at the gate as you enter the park. http://www.michigandnr.com/Publications/PDFS/RecreationCamping/Pinckney_BikingHiking_trails.pdf

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Gramcounter

July 6, 2015
rattler Gramcounter  
 
Review: This is a 5 star trail. 17 mile loop with some really good flow. I would rate this as between intermediate and black diamond due to some technical climbing, but more importantly, all the downhill drops that need to be managed. Nothing was truly sketchy enough to make it a black diamond, so even some riders with less experience could handle this trail, though they may need to walk a few parts (both up and down).

Hills here were nothing like what I have in Western PA, but what they lacked in length, they made up in steepness as well as technicality with some large roots to get over.

Overall this was a good challenge and I hope to ride here again as I am back in the area. This will be a destination for me.

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Doubletrack


June 23, 2015
mongwolf Doubletrack  
 
Review: Rode the entire Poto today for the first time. Great ride. As a XC ride I would give it 5 stars. It has good length and very nice flow. There is nothing very big here or very techy, but it is still a very fun ride. The faster you ride it, the better the flow. It is pretty much a constant little rollercoaster. All in all, a nice ride.
Also, I was very impressed with the condition of the trail. The area got some big rain the day before, and that was after many big rains for some time now. But the trail was just fine.
Also it is worth noting for first time riders that the trail is very well marked. Make sure you get a trail map at the pay station as you enter the recreation area. The map is helpful. The "trick" to navigating the trail is to ride from numbered intersection to numbered intersection. Both are well-marked on the ground and on the map. Not all intersections are marked, but if you take note of the numbered intersections as you go, you should be fine. Plus, you cross a few paved roads and dirt roads which are also shown on the map. So all in all it is very easy to navigate this trail. There is only one or two places where it is not immediately clear where to go. But it just takes a moment and you will find a marker and find yourself on course.

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Doubletrack


June 19, 2015
mongwolf Doubletrack  
 
Review: I finally got to ride the Poto today. I didn't get to ride as much as I would have like, but I had a blast on the portions that I did ride. I think many of the descriptions in the reviews are quite accurate.
I thought the trail was a blast with good flow and rollercoaster effect. Most of the curves were not so tight as to reduce your speed much. This made the trail a lot of fun.
Though the trail is older, I thought it seemed to be wearing well. I loved how you could ride up on the small sides of the trail on many curves. It felt like it was built with small berms in many places. I also loved all the roots, rocks and little drops. Of what I have seen, the trail has aged gracefully and has a lot of character. Can't wait to do the entire trail. If the weather holds out, I might do the entire trail early next week.

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Gramcounter


May 21, 2015
Mateo Juez Gramcounter  
 
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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Granny Gear

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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Gramcounter


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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Potawatomi trail MTB Trail 4.68 out of 5 based on 47 ratings. 47 user reviews.
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