Potawatomi trail

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AVERAGE RATING
*****
4.65 out of 5
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Intermediate
24.0
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: 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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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

Guest answered on December 6, 2017. Did you find this helpful? Yes | No

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Reviews (78)
 

Granny Gear

July 10, 2018
 
Review: Recorded a full ride through of this great trail. You can pretty much sprint through the entire trail without being slowed down too much by sand, tight turns, or highly technical bits, which makes for a great workout. But there are plenty of climbs and fun downhill sections to keep the ride interesting and challenging. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zq3bx4NHII

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Bunny Hop

June 20, 2018
 
Review: Just an old school XC trail. Some good climbs, and some really fun root drop downhills that can get sketchy if you really sprint into them and try to clear everything ;) i wish there were some legit jumps here though, there are plenty of opportunities when you're cranking downhill at 25mph. Some sections of the trail though are like 10ft wide in places, and it has had problems over the years with people cutting roots, moving rocks, etc. The trails need to be harder, not easier. Anyways, this is just an old school xc trail, nothing special, but a 5 for Lower Peninsula riding for sure.

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Granny Gear

June 17, 2018
Zmorey Granny Gear  
 
Review: was worth the hour drive.awesome trail, was fun and challenging. although i did find the maps confusing for the last bit of the loop.

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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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Potawatomi trail MTB Trail 4.65 out of 5 based on 78 ratings. 78 user reviews.
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