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      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.
      Primary Trail Type: Cross-Country
      eBikes Allowed: No
      Parking google parking directions
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      • Zandra Inman
        trail builder
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      Region Details
      • 11
      • 2

      Region Status
      Open as of Oct 17, 2020
      Local Trail Association

      Stats

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      Trails (view details)
      77
      Trails Mountain Bike
      13
      Trails Hike
      77
      Trails Trail Running
      77
      Trails Horse
      64
      Total Distance
      87 miles
      Total Descent
      2,886 ft
      Total Vertical
      186 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      1,153 ft
      Reports
      115
      Photos
      10
      Ridden Counter
      4,777

      Photos of Pontiac Lake Recreation Area Mountain Bike

      36 |
      Jun 21, 2020 @ 12:36pm
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      Jun 2, 2020 @ 4:09am
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      May 23, 2020 @ 5:52am
      May 23, 2020

      Videos of Pontiac Lake Recreation Area Mountain Bike

      youtuber Going Hard at the Pontiac Lake Recreation Area...

      4:34 | 181 | May 15, 2019
      youtuber Riding a Michigan Classic • The Pontiac Lake...

      10:17 | 199 | Jan 31, 2019
      Pontiac Lake Recreation Area // Trail Preview...

      14:08 | 134 | Oct 24, 2018

      Recent Trail Reports

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      user #1996434SkrzyckiskiaddreportPontiac Loop #1 - #2 and 10 more
      Oct 17, 2020 @ 3:37pm
      Oct 17, 2020
      user #2111328jconradriddentrailPontiac Loop #1 - #2 and 12 more
      Oct 11, 2020 @ 7:25pm
      Oct 11, 2020
      user #854538jpspringaddreportPontiac Loop #2 - #3
      Oct 8, 2020 @ 4:02pm
      Oct 8, 2020
      user #1053164Kz44tzaddreportPontiac Loop #6 - #7
      Oct 3, 2020 @ 1:14pm
      Oct 3, 2020
      user #2078840Kwalls59addphoto in My City
      Sep 19, 2020 @ 9:37am
      Sep 19, 2020

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      user #1314591Yellow13trailPontiac Loop Alternate (Hard)Yo the beginning of the hard loop is tough,...
      May 1, 2017 @ 11:28pm
      May 1, 2017
      • By markhollowayTrailforks Pro Subscriber Trailforks Plus & contributors
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