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Pontiac Lake Recreation Area

 4.3 (55)

9.0 Miles 14.5 Kilometers


100%

Singletrack

713' 217 m

Ascent

-713' -217 m

Descent

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

24%

Max Grade (14°)

1,116' 340 m

High

968' 295 m

Low

Shared By Nick Shue

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Built on rolling hills with a lot of cruiseability, mixed in between the grinding climbs.

Nick Shue

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Overview

One of the more popular Metro Detroit trails, Pontiac has been a favorite for decades.

One of the best known and most used trails in the Detroit metropolitan area due to its location (just 11 miles from Pontiac and 38 miles from downtown Detroit) and challenging terrain, Pontiac Lake Recreation Area has been providing an escape from the hustle and bustle of this auto building community for hikers, equestrians, and mountain bikers for years.

Pontiac Lake is a single, easy to follow loop (with two optional, signed, difficult sections) which starts and ends just off of a main parking lot. Starting to ride this fast, flowing trail with major elevation changes is a commitment, but one which handily rewards riders.

Description

Starting from the parking lot, you'll cross Gale Road, and head a few hundred yards down the doubletrack until the trail starts off to your left. Rolling for the first couple of miles, you'll hit the main climb about 2 miles in.

After reaching the top of the climb, you'll be rewarded with one of the challenging, rocky descents that Pontiac is known for. At 3 miles in, you are presented with an overlook of Pontiac Lake. The trail continues to flow and swoop through the words till the final switchback climb that ends the trail.

After a fast decent, come back out onto the doubletrack you started on, and heading straight will take you back to the parking lot, or you'll see the start of the singletrack on your right, should you feel like another lap.

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Jul 17, 2018
Patrick Bomia
Jun 7, 2018
Jason Spring
great shape... couple damp areas that will be gone by tomorrow. 20mi
Jun 5, 2018
Dane H
May 26, 2018
John Manga
May 25, 2018
Don Wright
May 6, 2018
Val Labasbas
1h 20m
Apr 23, 2018
Rick Garcia
11mi
Apr 22, 2018
Erica Harding
nice and dry

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  4.3 from 55 votes

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  4.3 from 55 votes
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#116

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This trail doesn't have many tight turns as other local trails, but flows through uphill and downhill sections very nicely. The scenery is quite majestic throughout the trail. The Uphill and Downhill sections do often require careful attention. A solid challenging trail! Jun 24, 2017
Dennis Lee
Metamora, MI
Dennis Lee   Metamora, MI
Im new to the sport and this was one of the first trails I rode and forewarning: It will kick your ass. The first 1/3 of the trail will beat you up if you're not fit. Alot of ups and down but man what a fun ride. Some points technical but the downhills are winding and flows nice! You can get going pretty fast but I'd be cautious. Jagged rocks and very sharp turns at the bottom of some of the downhills. Will def be riding this again soon! Jul 8, 2018

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