DTE Energy Foundation Trail

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AVERAGE RATING
*****
4.70 out of 5
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Beginner
10.0
miles

Singletrack
↑ 1,800 ft
↓ 700 ft
965
elevation (ft)

Loop
Trail Description
About this trail
Exceptional, professional built singletrack.The cutting-edge, sustainable trail is open to mountain bikers, trail runners, hikers and cross-country skiers and has been made possible by a partnership between the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Potawatomi Mountain Biking Association and a $255,000 grant from the DTE Energy Foundation. The nonmotorized, single-track trail will be approximately 20 miles long and is slated for completion in 2020. It will consist of five distinctively different loops over varying terrain. Known as "flow trail," the surface of the trail is mechanically cut to create highly structured grades and out slopes, which are low-maintenance and sustainable.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: Is this Trail directional? what day has the direction of the jump trail -Tobi DeGroote

A: Yes. I may be wrong, but I believe Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday are counter clockwise and Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday are all clockwise. Days and directions are posted at the trail as well.

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Gramcounter


July 7, 2018
fuzzysb Gramcounter  
 
Review: I guess i was expecting too much after reading some reviews. The blue loop is ok. I guess the whole place is ok, if you're a roadie.....

Similar Trail: River bends

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Bunny Hop

June 20, 2018
 
Review: Green loop is an absolute snoozefest, you can ride a 70's steel frame roadie on that one with little concern whatsoever. I suggest skipping that loop entirely unless you've never rode a bike before or are under 12 years old. Big Kame however offers much more fun, it actually has a couple of nice downhill sections in both directions with some beginner tabletops and a few small rock sections. Nothing too challenging though, should be easily cleanable on anybody with a modest skill set/decent bike. Would be rated higher if there were more technical options. Hopefully the new trails being constructed here have some sketchier lines and options to get dangerous. Btw, if you want to get to Big Kame on the M/W/F/S directions without riding the entire Green Loop, there is a shortcut. Just follow that two track straight past the trail heads, across the field, and it shoots you out near the entrance of Big Kame. Enjoy!

Similar Trail: Maple Hill

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Doubletrack


June 6, 2018
 
Review: This trail will bring a smile to your face. There are two distinct loops. The green loop has little climbing and little technical features but it is fun. The BIG KAME loop has more climbing but rewards you with some of the most fun descending you could have outside of a bike park. Well built and maintained berms fire you through every corner. Do yourself a favor, take a short break when you reach the stone feature that looks like a bench. That's the top of the big hill and you'll want to be fresh to really enjoy the descent to the fullest.

Similar Trail: Nothing nearby

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Granny Gear

April 30, 2018
Camodad66 Granny Gear  
 
Review: Yesterday was a beautiful day to ride these 10 mile total trails. They are technically challenging and fun. I have ridden these trails many times before and they always bring me back. Unfortunately the food I ate early and my state of hydration did not allow me to finish the last 1.5 miles. I want to thank James for all his help getting me off the trail and to my car. My son would not have been able to get me there himself. I am doing fine and will be back in a week.

Similar Trail: Potowama

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Bunny Hop


April 15, 2018
labrodent Bunny Hop  
 
Review: This was my first trail ride. Only rode Green Lake. Plan on returning to ride both trails. Since it was my first trail ride, it's hard to review since I have nothing to compare it to. I can say this. The parking lot is well kept. There is a clean, large bathroom facility. There is a bike pump. The trail seemed very flowy to me. I can't wait to return! As mentioned, Chelsea is the closest town, and it's quaint. The LBS there is friendly and helpful as well if you have questions on the trails in the area.

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Bunny Hop

February 21, 2018
ryguy79 Bunny Hop  
 
Review: I would give it 5 stars if Big Kame could just be lapped from the parking lot without riding the beginner loop to either access or exit Kame. Correct me if I'm wrong about that, but it seems like you're forced to ride the entire beginner loop to ride Kame since the trails are directional.

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Granny Gear

October 24, 2017
Jayger86 Granny Gear  
 
Review: This is probably within the top three trails in the lower peninsula. Its really well maintained and not as rooty or sandy as most of the other trails we've ridden. Its mostly hard packed dirt with some small technical rock gardens here and there. Between my wife and I, it has become our favorite place go to during the weekends. The green loop is pretty fluid and fun with not too many steep climbs, but also not too many serious downhill sections. The blue loop on the other hand has some really difficult climbs but you are rewarded with some really awesome downhill sections that make all the climbing completely worth it. The town of Chelsea nearby has some really great restaurants to hit and refuel after your ride.

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Granny Gear

September 12, 2017
Evanofd Granny Gear  
 
Review: Amazing flowing track with punchy climbs. Perfect for night rides as well!

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Gramcounter


September 10, 2017
JayB119 Gramcounter  
 
Review: This is the most fun I have had on a trail in a while. Overall both loops are wide, fast and a blast to ride. Green Lake Loop: Beginner loop that was still fun. Very little climbing. Big Kame Loop: This loop is a little more difficult: more climbs, steeper descents, a few rock gardens, jumps, speed, etc. I wish I didn't ride Highland Rec in the morning. Note: Rode both on a CCW day, not sure how much would change riding in CW.

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Granny Gear

August 29, 2017
Ev_02 Granny Gear  
 
Review: Great flow trail with plenty of jumps and DH. Secont trail of 5 miles is now open.

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