Potawatomi trail

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.64 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).
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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: Can the 18 mile trail be hiked in a day? -Ayrspencer9999

A: Yes, there is nothing difficult on the trail. i routinely see people in full hiking gear while out biking so i assume they are doing the whole 18 miles

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Q: Is there jumps -Guest

A: no, maybe one or two "bumps" but no formal jumps i would say

Guest answered on July 24, 2016. Did you find this helpful? Yes | No

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Reviews (75)
 

Granny Gear

March 8, 2018
ChubDart Granny Gear  
 
Review: Great trail.

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Bunny Hop

February 21, 2018
ryguy79 Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Good old school midwest XC riding but nothing special and trail seemed pretty blown out in places last time I rode it.

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Gramcounter


July 30, 2017
 
Review: Miles of good riding interrupted by lots of rooty, washed out hillsides.

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Bunny Hop

July 28, 2017
TriBear Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Great trail! Challenging climbs and exciting downhills. The trailhead sits next to a lake with a beach.

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Granny Gear

June 9, 2017
keng1988 Granny Gear  
 
Review: This trail is fantastic! It's long and has plenty of technical areas along with some crazy climbs. Bring plenty of water and have your camera ready, there's plenty of beautiful areas to take pictures of. Keep a heads up for hikers as I almost took out a couple while flying through some of the down hill areas.

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Bunny Hop

May 30, 2017
 
Review: To date, the best trail I've ever been on. The full, 24 mile loop of incredibly technical singletrack is not for the faint of heart! However, don't fear. The full 24 mile loop also comes with many, shorter trails you can ride if you're tight on time. I recommend camping and spending multiple days riding.

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Granny Gear

May 18, 2017
jcrabtree Granny Gear  
 
Review: Arguably the best trail in SE Michigan. Great flow, technical climbs, fast downhills, a few moderately big drops, long distance, and amazing scenery. I recommend riding here at any opportunity you get.

Similar Trail: Pontiac Lake

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Granny Gear

May 1, 2017
Dlachman Granny Gear  
 
Review: brutal trail with some sick sand climbs. Better have your A game on when you ride it.

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Gramcounter


April 25, 2017
Joey B Gramcounter  
 
Review: Hands down my favorite trail in SE Michigan. Great intermediate trail with a bit of everything, climbs, flow, scenery, and a lake to jump in at the end. Can't beat this trail when it comes to this part of the state.

Similar Trail: Pontiac

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Granny Gear

December 27, 2016
 
Review: Potow in my opinion is the best trail in the Lower Peninsula, at least in the southern portion. It has a little bit of everything, the climbs are technical and challenging but the downhill sections are very rewarding. There are a few sketchy sections with rocks and roots so if you are a beginner, be careful. I would also recommend a full suspension bike if you have one, Yes people ride rigid bikes there, but it is certainly not as enjoyable. I usually register about 18.5 miles and around 1200 feet of elevation on my Strava Android app. Several bridges with great views!.

Similar Trail: Maybe Yankee Springs if it was 5 miles longer and had more climbing.

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Potawatomi trail MTB Trail 4.64 out of 5 based on 75 ratings. 75 user reviews.
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