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Pontiac Lake Recreation Area

 45 votes

Length

9.0 Miles 14.5 Kilometers


100%

Singletrack

Elevation

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

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Mostly Dry, Some Mud History

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

Nick Shue

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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Nov 24, 2017
Dustin Moulton
Nov 20, 2017
Dustin Moulton
Nov 18, 2017
Rick G
Nov 11, 2017
Tyler Olsen
cold. no energy. tough start with the big hill. 9mi
Nov 7, 2017
Dustin Moulton
Sep 24, 2017
Michael Carnaghi
8.8mi
Sep 15, 2017
Tim Covington
First time. Pretty tuff course. Fun though.
Sep 10, 2017
Michael Carnaghi
9.7mi

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  4.3 from 45 votes

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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

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