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Potawatomi Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.5 (130) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

THE destination for southeastern Michigan mountain biking.


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16.9

Miles

27.2

KM

100%

Singletrack

997' 304 m

High

880' 268 m

Low

1,208' 368 m

Up

1,209' 369 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Not Allowed

Features Views

Trail is "one-way," follow signs. Some adjacent trails are closed to bikes.

Overview

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.

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.

Contacts

Shared By:

Dave Jansen

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 130 votes

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Photos

riding "the Poto," or the Potawatomi Trail
Nov 15, 2015 near Pinckney, MI
Bridge near Hi-Land Lake
Dec 23, 2013 near Pinckney, MI
Honzo loves Poto!
Dec 17, 2015 near Pinckney, MI
Ride the Poto.
Apr 30, 2016 near Pinckney, MI
Back Section - Potawatomi Trail.
Apr 30, 2016 near Pinckney, MI
Riding the Potawatomi Trail, and hitting "the Money Shot".
Nov 15, 2015 near Pinckney, MI

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Apr 1, 2021
Melissa Miller
Mar 30, 2021
Jim Monnett
10.7mi
Dec 16, 2020
Joe Hamm
Oct 10, 2020
Mario Olguin
Oct 10, 2020
Char P
14.6mi
Sep 20, 2020
Shin Field
坂多め。体力使う。そんなに好みではない。ハイランドパークと同じ感じ
Sep 7, 2020
Nick Lastname
Marked terribly and some climbs were nearly impossible. Had to turn back because we were lost. Would not recommend.
Aug 29, 2020
David Kerrigan
Awesome! 16.9mi — 5h 37m