DTE Energy Foundation Trail

4.73 out of 5
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↑ 1,800 ft
↓ 700 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
Exceptional, professional built single-track. The cutting-edge, sustainable trail is open to mountain bikers, trail runners, hikers and cross-country skiers. The nonmotorized, single-track trail will be approximately 25 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. The loops alternate direction each day and are well marked, with Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday being clockwise, while Saturday, Tuesday, and Thursday are counterclockwise. The Green Lake loop is 5.25 mi. It is a beginner friendly trail without any serious hills. It is very flowy with many small hills and a few small jumps which can be rolled over. There are a couple man made features, (with bypasses) log steps over a log, a drop off/ skinny/ wall ride, and a rock roll. The 4.75 mi Big Kame loop is more technical with two large rock gardens and many small to large jumps which can be rolled over. It has several small hills and one very large one with big jumps. Wynn Loop is about 8 miles long. It has many large berms and big hills. There are lots jumps some of which look like they came straight from a downhill park (still rollable). Also, there are quite a few rock jumps and some skinnies of varying lengths. The newest and most advanced trail is Sugarloaf. It is 4 miles and is rated as a black diamond. It has several large hills with massive berms and large jumps as well as many rock features and a large dropoff. Most of the hard parts have bypasses so you can work up to them. Overall the trail system is easily one of the best in the lower peninsula. PS. If you want to get to the blue loop on a counterclockwise day without taking the full green loop, there is a short cut if you go straight along the fire road through a farm field and turn right when you hit the trail.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Trail Q&A
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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.

Jayger86 answered on November 12, 2017. Did you find this helpful? Yes | No

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Q: Where is the best place to start if you want to ride all the trails at once? Is this possible now without packing the bike up and moving to another trailhead? -snwbuni

A: You can start at either trail head and ride all the traills. I usually start at the grren lake trail head and ride the green loop first as a warm up.

Chilly Varblow answered on April 22, 2019. Did you find this helpful? Yes | No


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Reviews (73)

Granny Gear

October 20, 2019
Cbrizzy Granny Gear  
Review: Best trails in Michigan.


July 14, 2019
stillfat Gnarly  
Review: SO good. Super fast flow trails, tacky dirt. Some of the best in the Midwest.

Bunny Hop

May 19, 2019
Javamouses Bunny Hop  
Review: Excellent trail. Did the green and blue (Big Kame) loops. Cannot wait to do the Winn and Sugar loops.

Similar Trail: None

Granny Gear

May 7, 2019
Review: 5 best trail ever ....but who in the heck had the authority and audacity to change its name. It will always be the POTOWATAMI TRAIL!!! Period.


Granny Gear

May 18, 2019
Review: You must be confused. DTE is in Waterloo State Park, is a new machine cut flow trail. Poto is in Pinckney State Park, is an old, natural trail.


December 22, 2018
Review: This is as much fun as you can have outside of a lift serviced bike park. The trails are so much fun and it is in a beautiful area of Southern Michigan. The green loop is a great beginner trail both in terms of fitness challenge (minor elevation change) and features. The Blue (Big Kame) and Orange (Winn Loop), increase the difficulty without making it a grueling sufferfest. Blue and Orange will have you climb to earn descents that are a roller coaster of fun. Jumps are designed to offer as much or little risk as you are willing to take, and easy to scrub if you want to keep wheels on the ground. Direction by day allows completely different riding experiences on the same trail, and Awesome in either direction. Hats off to DTE Foundation for funding such a great place and to the trail builders/maintainance teams. You make my work trips to Michigan an absolute blast

Granny Gear

November 13, 2018
kovickc Granny Gear  
Review: Awesome trail in SE Michigan that is well maintained. Looking forward to additional miles coming.

Granny Gear

November 13, 2018
Review: Awesome trails with lots of flow, a few good jumps, and wonderful scenery.

Granny Gear

November 13, 2018
Matt Yakel Granny Gear  
Review: Awesome trail! One of those ones where you are having so much fun you don't realize how far you have ridden, how much you have climbed, or how you keep forgetting to take a drink. Tons of flow and variety.

Granny Gear

November 5, 2018
jeffkompa Granny Gear  
Review: Awesome day on trail


October 21, 2018
joehysong Gramcounter  
Review: Flow, Fast,Technical When it can be! Road on a Sunday so Clockwise Would love to run the Kame the way it was designed Counter but great system can't wait to go back!

DTE Energy Foundation Trail MTB Trail 4.73 out of 5 based on 73 ratings. 73 user reviews.
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