Potawatomi trail

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AVERAGE RATING
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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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Reviews (57)
 

Poseur

April 24, 2016
Joobicon Poseur  
 
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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Bunny Hop

April 9, 2016
needa29er Bunny Hop  
 
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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Poseur

March 12, 2016
jakekue3 Poseur  
 
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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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 8, 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 2, 2015
Guest   
 
Review: Lovely

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Potawatomi trail MTB Trail 4.67 out of 5 based on 57 ratings. 57 user reviews.
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