Pontiac Lake

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4.60 out of 5
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11
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↑ 2,700 ft
↓ 2,800 ft
1,044
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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
 

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Q: What are the park hours? -Jeff Barber

A: 8:30am-10pm summer hours

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Q: is it technical? any man-made features? rock gardens? jumps? -apmountainrider

A: its a rewarding trail with good down hill and fun climbs.no man made features, or gardens or big jumps.

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Reviews (45)
 

Granny Gear

June 2, 2017
trailbeers Granny Gear  
 
Review: Really is like a shorter Poto. There is a fairly technical, fairly long climb towards the beginning that can catch you off guard if you failed to warm up. Some real fast, real fun down hills. I love the thrill of riding somewhere for the first time but am looking forward to getting this one dialed. Many of the down hills are a little technical and a few have some hidden hazards. Once you're aware of them, you can tear through.

Similar Trail: Potawatomi Trail

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Gramcounter


May 20, 2017
MikeyO Gramcounter  
 
Review: Wow! Awesome! When I think of mountain biking this is the type of trail I think of. PT makes you work for it. The most difficult is the first 3 miles then it evens out, as a first timer there were a couple of surprise drops around trees and corners. Pick your line wisely. Completed in 1:30 with an added mile because I started @ 6:30 a.m. and had to park in the houses outside the park. Didn't read park times prior to going. Flows very nicely and can be ridden at pretty much as fast as you want to go. Will be riding again. The only downer for me were the views, I was tempted to stop every 10 minutes to take a picture.

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Granny Gear

May 18, 2017
jcrabtree Granny Gear  
 
Review: Pontiac Lake is a blast to ride. Fast downhills, technical sections, brutal climbs, and awesome scenery. Similar to Poto, but half the distance, so doing 2 laps here is a really fun time. Ride this trail asap.

Similar Trail: Poto

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Granny Gear

May 1, 2017
Dlachman Granny Gear  
 
Review: awesome ride. great training place.

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Gramcounter


April 25, 2017
Joey B Gramcounter  
 
Review: This is a great local intermediate trail. Feels like a miniature Poto trail to me. The first 2-3 miles have some moderately difficult climbs that will wear you out, then the next several miles flow with a bit more speed. It's a solid intermediate trail, tougher than Novi/Island Lake, and easier than Highlands. There is an expert section near mile 7, with some tight/steep turns and tough climbs. This can be avoided if you don't feel up to it. Nice bonus with the lake at the end of the trailhead once you finish!

Similar Trail: Poto

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Gramcounter

September 15, 2016
 
Review: This trail is super close to my in-laws & I'm not in the greatest shape for this trail, but I do it for the downhills, so I take the ass kicking for the adrenaline. Totally worth it and great fun but be sure you are in shape otherwise it can be a bit daunting and dangerous. Bug spray and gloves are highly recommended.... some sand spots can get kinda dicey.

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Bunny Hop


August 17, 2016
 
Review: Decent loop, a little overrated in my opinion

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Bunny Hop

July 17, 2016
 
Review: Amazing. Who would have thought such good trail and nature getaway so close to such development. Mix of smooth pack, to glacial grabbers to swoops and dips and fast, quick downhills and short, sharp uphills. Can be as hard as you can ride it.

WATCH FOR: New trail map shows the trail is one-way, clockwise (even though trail wear shows somebody is riding ccw.)

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Bunny Hop

June 28, 2016
cmwestdorp Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Definitely wish I had a full suspension bike instead of a hard tail, but the trail was great none the less!

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Granny Gear

June 3, 2016
Heather57 Granny Gear  
 
Review: Always a good ride. Gets better every time. Great way to get your practice in but it is a dangerous trail if you're not careful.

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Pontiac Lake MTB Trail 4.60 out of 5 based on 45 ratings. 45 user reviews.
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