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Trail Conditions
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  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
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  • Dock Dock
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      Exceptional, professional built single-track considered by rider consensus to be the best mountain biking trail system in Lower Michigan. The cutting-edge, sustainable trail is open to mountain bikers, trail runners, hikers and cross-country skiers and has been made possible by a partnership between the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Potawatomi Mountain Biking Association and a $255,000 grant from the DTE Energy Foundation. The nonmotorized, single-track trail is currently 22 miles long, consisting of four nested loops over classic glacial moraine “kettle and kame” geography. Known as "flow trail," the surface of the trail is mechanically cut to create highly structured grades and out slopes, which are low-maintenance and sustainable.

      The Green Lake loop is 5.25 mi. It is very flowy with many small hills and a few small jumps. There are a couple small features (with bypasses), including log steps over a log, and a rock jump.

      The 4.75 mi Big Kame loop is more technical with two large rock gardens and many small to large jumps. It has several small hills and one very large one with big jumps.

      The Winn Loop is 8 miles long. It has many large berms and big hills. There are many jumps some of which look like they came straight from a downhill park. Also, there are quite a few rock jumps and some skinnies of varying lengths. The Winn Loop has beautiful lakeside views of the Winnewana Impoundment.

      The newest loop is the 4.0 mile Sugar Loop. The most technical of the four loops, over 25 tons of quarried rock was brought in to structure many features, including “Natural Selection”, a three-line structured rock feature, “Big Rock Candy Mountain”, a large armored berm switching up and down Sugarloaf Hill, “Pop Rocks”, a series of rock “diving board” jumps/drops, and “The Upside Down”, a winding bermed descent/climb with optional jumps.

      All trail loops are directional based on day of the week. On Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays bikes travel clockwise on all loops, with foot traffic going counterclockwise. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, these directions are reversed for the respective users. In winter, parts of the trail system are groomed for “floatation use only” – fat tires, xc skis or snowshoes. Check the Facebook page for latest updates.
      Primary Trail Type: Cross-Country
      M-52 Parking Lot google parking directions
      Disclaimer:
      Michigan State Parks Recreation Passport is required to park at the trail head. Recreation Passport can be purchased at the self-service station in the lots or at the Waterloo State Recreation Area Headquarters.

      This trail system closes during wet/erosive conditions. Check the DTE Facebook page linked below for current conditions.
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      Region Status
      Open as of 18 hours
      Local Trail Association

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails (view details)
      4
      Trails Mountain Bike
      4
      Trails Hike
      4
      Trails Trail Running
      4
      Total Distance
      20 miles
      Total Descent
      2,095 ft
      Total Vertical
      154 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      1,100 ft
      Reports
      177
      Photos
      45
      Ridden Counter
      2,631

      Popular DTE Energy Foundation Trail Trails

      Recent Ridelog Activity in Region

      Today
      • 0 rides
      • 0 ft avg distance
      Yesterday
      • 14 rides
      • 17 miles avg distance
      Past Week
      • 62 rides
      • 16 miles avg distance

      Photos of DTE Energy Foundation Trail Mountain Bike

      trail: Winn Loop
      2 |
      Aug 7, 2020 @ 11:18am
      17 hours
      trail: Winn Loop
      2 |
      Aug 7, 2020 @ 11:18am
      17 hours
      trail: Winn Loop
      1 |
      Aug 7, 2020 @ 11:18am
      17 hours
      trail: Sugar Loop
      1 |
      Aug 7, 2020 @ 11:06am
      17 hours

      Videos of DTE Energy Foundation Trail Mountain Bike

      Sugarloop Drop
      trail: Sugar Loop
      0:06 | 34 | Jul 27, 2020
      FULL SEND AT DTE BIKE TRAIL
      trail: Winn Loop
      1:14 | 31 | Jun 21, 2020 , Chelsea
      youtuber The Sugar Loop is Sweet • DTE Energy...
      trail: Sugar Loop
      12:49 | 519 | Sep 16, 2019 , Chelsea
      DTE Energy Foundation Trail Sugar Loop Preview
      21:27 | 424 | Aug 22, 2019

      Recent Trail Reports

      statustraildateconditionuserinfo
      Big Kame Loop
      Aug 7, 2020 @ 10:20am
      18 hours
      Drysgulott29
      Sugar Loop
      Aug 4, 2020 @ 2:50pm
      Aug 4, 2020
      IdealBigpife55
      Cassidy Parking Lot Access
      Jul 17, 2020 @ 6:08am
      Jul 17, 2020
      DryScotteich1
      Winn Loop
      Jul 17, 2020 @ 6:08am
      Jul 17, 2020
      DryScotteich1
      Green Lake Loop
      Jul 12, 2020 @ 7:04am
      Jul 12, 2020
      Idealterry777Rain was just what the trail needed.
      Green Lake Loop Emergency Access
      Jun 20, 2020 @ 12:27pm
      Jun 20, 2020
      Very Drylinden44
      Green Lake Loop Emergency Access
      Jun 1, 2020 @ 11:16am
      Jun 1, 2020
      Dryajreed PotoMBA All trails in great shape. B2B tunnel...
      Green Lake M52 Access
      Jun 1, 2020 @ 11:16am
      Jun 1, 2020
      Dryajreed PotoMBA All trails in great shape. B2B tunnel...
      Sugar Loop Access Path
      Jun 1, 2020 @ 11:16am
      Jun 1, 2020
      Dryajreed PotoMBA All trails in great shape. B2B tunnel...
      Sugar Loop Emergency Access
      Jun 1, 2020 @ 11:16am
      Jun 1, 2020
      Dryajreed PotoMBA All trails in great shape. B2B tunnel...

      Activity Feed

      usernameactiontypetitledate
      user #1826101SnailhehlwishlisttrailSugar Loop
      Aug 7, 2020 @ 11:10am
      17 hours
      user #2017240HoneysuckleHeroaddphoto in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States and 6 more
      Aug 7, 2020 @ 11:04am
      18 hours
      user #1582829sgulott29addreportBig Kame Loop
      Aug 7, 2020 @ 10:20am
      18 hours
      user #2212366JgearywishlisttrailBig Kame Loop
      Aug 5, 2020 @ 6:04am
      3 days
      user #1916579Bigpife55addreportSugar Loop
      Aug 4, 2020 @ 7:22pm
      Aug 4, 2020

      Recent Comments

      usernametypetitlecommentdate
      user #626468eldudertrailGreen Lake LoopThe easiest of all the trails here but still...
      Jul 20, 2020 @ 5:29am
      Jul 20, 2020
      user #626468eldudertrailSugar LoopAnother fun trail up here. Not that techincal...
      Jul 20, 2020 @ 5:25am
      Jul 20, 2020
      user #626468eldudertrailWinn LoopThis trail is a ripper. You just pedal as fast...
      Jul 20, 2020 @ 5:22am
      Jul 20, 2020
      user #1844958Kwizzle69trailSugar LoopHonestly craziest trail I've rode in michigan,...
      Jan 24, 2020 @ 6:41am
      Jan 24, 2020
      user #1848780boarder1trailWinn LoopThis is the crown Jewel of S.E Michigan. Fast...
      Oct 23, 2019 @ 5:51pm
      Oct 23, 2019

      Nearby Areas

      namedistance
      Potawatomi Trail System 2 25.7 km
      Grass Lake Park 2 310.8 km
      Sharon Mills 212.8 km
      Brighton Recreation Area 6 4 115.6 km
      Olson Park 4 418.1 km
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