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Potawatomi Trail

 66 votes

Length

16.9 Miles 27.2 Kilometers


100%

Singletrack

Elevation

1,208' 368 m

Ascent

-1,209' -369 m

Descent

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

997' 304 m

High

880' 268 m

Low

Conditions


All Clear 15 hours ago
Mostly Dry - Minor muddy spots. History

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THE destination for southeastern Michigan mountain biking.

Dave Jansen

Overview

Trail is "one-way," follow signs. Some adjacent trails are closed to bikes.
A good mix of fast and flowy trail to steep, technical climbs, to brain-rattling descents. There are a number of options to make this shorter including the The Shortcut which will eliminate about 3.0 miles.
Features: -none-
Dogs: Leashed

Need to Know

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).

Description

20 miles northwest of Ann Arbor, youll 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 range in distance from 1.9 to 17.5 miles round trip.

The trailhead is at the end of the first parking lot, next to the outhouse. Potawatomi is singletrack from beginning to end. The longest continuous loop is around 17.4 miles long, and includes several steep climbs.

The trail is often rooty, sometimes sandy, and changes constantly from down to uphill. Often your momentum will carry you up part of the next climb.

For first timers, it may be necessary to stop and look at a map, or use the MTB Project mobile app, but the DNR does a good job of marking the trail. A printable map of the trail can be found here.

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May 20, 2018
Ricardo “El Murero”
Awesome trail! 17mi
Apr 18, 2018
Matt Ivons
Oct 18, 2017
Robby Schweiss
7.6mi
Oct 7, 2017
Jeder Jones
Sep 30, 2017
Yosuke Kanii
Sep 26, 2017
Rob PLX
Just an awesome trail. It's perfect 18.3mi
Sep 24, 2017
Cheyanne Scudday
First time on this one. 16.9mi
Sep 17, 2017
Jeff Carter
17mi

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  4.5 from 66 votes

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Finally did first full lap of Potawatomi Trail on Monday. I will need practice to have some momentum to get up the many climbs .. better... all in a swift 2 hours 40 minutes. Aug 4, 2015
Eric Nelson
Redford, Michigan
Eric Nelson   Redford, Michigan
Did the shortened loop by taking the cutoff at post 11. My Garmin said total was 13.9 miles and just under 1500' elevation. I think the total is closer to 18 miles, not 16.9, for the whole loop and 2000' of elevation. Most of the trail was very hard packed and bone dry. No water at all. Took just over 1:30 to do the 13.9 miles. Jun 13, 2016
Pretty solid trail with lots of nice sights. There is a fair bit of uphill and downhill. I'd recommend conditioning yourself for all the uphill a bit before tackling this trail. Not many tight turns compared to other nearby trails. The downhill sections can get a little hairy at higher speeds so double check your brakes before considering this trail! Aug 27, 2017

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