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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
      Land Status: State Park
      Parking google parking directions
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      Region Supporters & Maintainers
      • Zandra Inman
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      Region Details
      • 11
      • 2

      Region Status
      Open as of 2 days
      Local Trail Association

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails (view details)
      77
      Trails Mountain Bike
      13
      Trails Hike
      77
      Trails Trail Running
      77
      Trails Horse
      64
      Total Distance
      86 miles
      Total Descent
      2,887 ft
      Total Vertical
      186 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      1,153 ft
      Reports
      183
      Photos
      14
      Ridden Counter
      6,312

      Photos of Pontiac Lake Recreation Area Mountain Bike

      51 |
      Dec 11, 2020 @ 6:20pm
      Dec 11, 2020
      44 |
      Nov 19, 2020 @ 7:22pm
      Nov 19, 2020
      111 |
      Jun 21, 2020 @ 12:36pm
      Jun 21, 2020
      100 |
      Jun 21, 2020 @ 12:36pm
      Jun 21, 2020
      108 |
      Jun 2, 2020 @ 4:09am
      Jun 2, 2020
      135 |
      May 23, 2020 @ 5:52am
      May 23, 2020
      178 |
      Aug 12, 2018 @ 3:48pm
      Aug 12, 2018
      267 |
      Aug 12, 2018 @ 3:48pm
      Aug 12, 2018

      Videos of Pontiac Lake Recreation Area Mountain Bike

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

      4:34 | 363 | May 15, 2019
      youtuber Riding a Michigan Classic • The Pontiac Lake...

      10:17 | 276 | Jan 31, 2019
      Pontiac Lake Recreation Area // Trail Preview...

      14:08 | 207 | Oct 24, 2018

      Recent Trail Reports

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      user #1864390Yt46addreportPontiac Loop #6 - #7 and 9 more
      Oct 20, 2021 @ 4:07pm
      2 days
      user #1451967lorenk3addreportPontiac Loop #1 - #2 and 10 more
      Sep 3, 2021 @ 9:22am
      Sep 3, 2021
      user #2057556SarahdactylriddentrailPontiac Loop #8 - #9
      Aug 31, 2021 @ 6:33pm
      Aug 31, 2021
      user #1053164Kz44tzaddreportSouthern Overlook and 1 more
      Aug 14, 2021 @ 2:33pm
      Aug 14, 2021
      user #1754467user689866addreportPontiac Loop #4 - #5
      Jul 17, 2021 @ 1:39pm
      Jul 17, 2021

      Recent Comments

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      user #2427630HenryUXHCqOtrailPontiac Loop Alternate (Hard)Not as difficult as the other hard line.
      Jul 13, 2021 @ 9:43am
      Jul 13, 2021
      user #1314591Yellow13trailPontiac Loop Alternate (Hard)Yo the beginning of the hard loop is tough,...
      May 1, 2017 @ 11:28pm
      May 1, 2017

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      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike139 miles1,519 ft4 miles151 ft
      #554#2801218323,745
      Hike7786 miles2,887 ft8 miles187 ft
      #388#22918396
      Trail Running7786 miles2,887 ft8 miles187 ft
      #389#22818314
      Horse6477 miles1,368 ft5 miles184 ft
      #73424815
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