Potawatomi trail

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.68 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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Q: Is there jumps -Guest

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

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Reviews (71)
 

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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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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