Potawatomi trail

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.67 out of 5
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Intermediate
24
miles

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↑ 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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Q: Is there jumps -Guest

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

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Reviews (68)
 

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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Bunny Hop

April 25, 2017
 
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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Granny Gear

October 28, 2016
 
Review: Road the inside 5.5 mile loop 10/27 with a couple 10 year olds. Trail handles water very well as it rained hard the day before. Covered with wet leaves made it tricky, the boys couldn't make it up most hills but for adults they all were rideable. Fun ride, really pretty, nice flow, some roots to make it interesting.

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Bunny Hop

October 16, 2016
trac Bunny Hop  
 
Review: challenging trail... 20 t miles with roots tough uphills, fun charging downhills, bridges, flowing at times...a little bit of everything..

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Granny Gear

October 9, 2016
l3pride Granny Gear  
 
Review: Great length trail, well groomed (except should probably alternate directions), and you get pretty worked with some good sized climbs. Most climbs are moderate with one or two large climbs - the tricky part, however, is that this trail is root filled especially on the climbs and descents which of course make climbs harder and make it hard to carry the speed your would like downhill under control. Multi use trail so you will see hikers, runners, walker, hunters, etc... The trail is very well marked. Huge parking area. And you can go jump in the lake after you finish if you would like. Overall no real obstacles, the thing that makes it difficult and techy is the roots.

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August 29, 2016
Guest   
 
Review: challenging, lot of uphill climbs that twist w/ roots....beautiful landscape!

Similar Trail: pontiac w rocks replaced by roots

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Granny Gear

August 8, 2016
squid Granny Gear  
 
Review: Nice trail, many steep rollers, and one longer climb. I wouldn't consider it to be highly technical and not very many obstacles other than a few rocks, some tight turns, and root ledges on most decents. Overall - a nice trail, fun ride, and I will return. Pros = scenic, long, steep climbs and decents, smooth and fast. Cons = loose sand and gravel in spots (sketchy when at the bottom of decent and on corners). Heavy traffic, trail marking could be better (my first time there, so I had to stop a few times to study map at intersections).

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Bunny Hop

July 27, 2016
 
Review: A lot of comments made previously are pertinent. Good solid length that will leave you feeling like a good workout, short and sharp uphill sections with roots just at the point to boink you and doing the ascent clean, quick descents that you can build speed on, roots, scattered rocks, gravel, sand, pack. Can be narrow and overgrown in places, wide and braided in others ( I confess that after mile 15, I was seeking the easiest line and glad that other riders had set it) It is shown to run CW. They should alternate days. I ran it on a weekday and only a handful of hikers and bikers. I can see how crowds could be a problem. It is a multi-use trail. It is intermediate for its cardio effort but not overly technical. It is showing hard wear of time and hard worn by the FS crowd. Bridges over wetlands and canals connecting the lakes.

Similar Trail: Pontiac

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July 25, 2016
Guest   
 
Review: The Poto is one trail that continues to everlasting change and growth, their is a saying if you can do the Poto you can do anything! Pleas take this to heart if it is your first time out mountain biking or you think you want to do the whole trail before testing out the smaller silver lake or crooked lake trail pleas reconsider. On just about every outing on the Poto I find some one with little to no gear or a bike that is ill equipped or just flat out broken, also the trail is not marked well so if you have trouble with maps or no cell survive getting out can be troublesome. Not to scare any one away but this is a very awesome trail with mostly natural features and is second to none the lake at the trail head is super clean and always fun so enjoy yourselves and be cautious about the trails

Similar Trail: Brighton rec, island lake

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Potawatomi trail MTB Trail 4.67 out of 5 based on 68 ratings. 68 user reviews.
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