Potawatomi trail

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.58 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 you can hike it in a day without much difficulty. I sometimes backpack it in 1-2 days and I have friends who jog it in a few hours.

Chilly Varblow answered on October 9, 2018. Did you find this helpful? Yes | No

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Reviews (82)
 

Granny Gear

October 9, 2018
 
Review: Fun trail but could be better. This trail is very fun but could use better maintenance.

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Granny Gear

October 5, 2018
KRR Granny Gear  
 
Review: Solid old school trail with some good climbs and downhills. LOL the review below, it's technical but not dangerous if you can handle your bike. That said not a beginner trail and if you lack technical skills then you may have to hike a bike. I would ride my hardtail here either, FS all the way. It's doable on a HT if you like jarring rides

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Granny Gear

October 3, 2018
 
Review: It was fun at first.... I started out on this trail having a lot of fun going up and down the small hills towards the beginning, then the big hills came. They were steep and covered in sand rocks and roots then at the bottom there were sharp turns. eventually the inevitable happened, I lots control and flew into a tree then a rock. my bike took a lot of damage and my body did worse. this trail needs to be made more survivable.

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Gramcounter


September 4, 2018
 
Review: All around fun trail with some fun technical sections and some easy sections. Awesome descents and difficult climbs add together for a fun trail. It could be much better though, there are some very sandy sections that lots of people crash on and some hills with sharp turns without berms at the bottoms. Also there are lots of hikers who get in the way. this trail is fun but DTE energy trail is defiantly better.

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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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Potawatomi trail MTB Trail 4.58 out of 5 based on 82 ratings. 82 user reviews.
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