Pontiac Lake

4.55 out of 5
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↑ 2,700 ft
↓ 2,800 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
There's only one trail, its an 11 mile loop. This is a fun ride. Well kept trail.

added: The orignal one sentance description is an injustice - both to the trail and to unsuspecting newcomers who might try it ill informed. This is an advanced trail, not the toughest around but not for the feint of heart or weak of legs. There is a lot of climbing - like 600' cumulative climb. Lots of roots and rocks but not so much to prevent speed - which can be had in abundance is places. This is a loop tail with no convenient bailout options so be prepared to finish. (You can bail at the model airplane area but its a long ride on hardtop back to trailhead.) Main trailhead is Pontiac Lake State Rec Area which means restrooms and water are available. there are no amenities once you are on trail. Intermediate riders should expect to finish in about 1:15ish.
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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
Rider Questions


Q: is this trail ridable in the winter? what type of bike needed? how fat are your tires? -romanf1977

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Q: What are the park hours? -Jeff Barber

A: 8:30am-10pm summer hours

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Reviews (60)

Granny Gear

October 9, 2019
Review: Great trial with nice hills

Granny Gear

August 11, 2019
Dexterg Granny Gear  
Review: Fun


July 14, 2019
dlaido Gnarly  
Review: Fun, flowy trail with a few rocks and roots. Nice climbs and fun descents. Would consider it more of an intermediate than advanced trail.

Granny Gear

February 27, 2019
Review: Good mix of southern Michigan singletrack. No pine forests like fort Custer, though. Only one ride in the fall and one in the snow. Need to ride it more before I judge

Granny Gear

September 17, 2018
Pmabry Granny Gear  
Review: Rode the trail today for the first time. Consider myself an Intermediate rider but was able to handle the technical sections. Some great climbs. Got a very good workout on a very nice trail. Age-57. No complaints and will be back to ride this one again.

Granny Gear

July 31, 2018
catbone Granny Gear  
Review: 30 years and still a great ride


June 26, 2018
uglywerm Doubletrack  
Review: Awesome trail. Well made fast and flowy trail. Good signage made it very easy to navigate. Wish I had more time to learn it. Has some good climbs with rewarding descents.

Bunny Hop

June 20, 2018
Review: A really fun, fast trail with some good climbs. I wish it was a little tighter singletrack and had some optional jumps or drops though. Regardless, this is a SE Michigan classic.


April 23, 2018
fuzzysb Trailblazer  
Review: Not bad for this area. Don't fear the reviews that say this is advanced trail. There's one hill that will wind you and then lots of fun up n down. Nice stuff Just not challenging

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April 12, 2018
linuxrick Gramcounter  
Review: Fun trail not anything seriously difficult about it but the conditions change with the seasons. It is well marked and there isn't a ton of obstacles to go over.

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Pontiac Lake MTB Trail 4.55 out of 5 based on 60 ratings. 60 user reviews.
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