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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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      Region Supporters & Maintainers
      • Zandra Inman
        trail builder
        Maintainer
      Region Details
      • 11
      • 2

      Region Status
      Open as of Sep 13, 2019 ago

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Global Ranking
      #1,563
      State Ranking
      #28
      Trails (view details)
      13
      Trails Mountain Bike
      13
      Trails Hike
      13
      Trails Trail Running
      13
      Total Distance
      9 miles
      Total Descent
      1,519 ft
      Total Vertical
      152 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      1,119 ft
      Reports
      62
      Photos
      4
      Ridden Counter
      2,589

      Photos of Pontiac Lake Recreation Area Mountain Bike

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      Aug 14, 2018 @ 1:24pm
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      Aug 12, 2018 @ 3:48pm
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      Aug 12, 2018

      Videos of Pontiac Lake Recreation Area Mountain Bike

      Going Hard at the Pontiac Lake Recreation Area...
      4:34 | 46 | May 15, 2019
      Riding A Michigan Classic • The Duke of MTB
      10:17 | 64 | Jan 31, 2019
      Pontiac Lake Recreation Area // Trail Preview...
      14:08 | 63 | Oct 24, 2018

      Recent Trail Reports

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      user #1001457MalakhalariddentrailPontiac Loop Alternate (Hard) and 11 more
      Aug 22, 2019 @ 10:37pm
      Aug 22, 2019
      user #1887414kidd13rlriddentrailPontiac Loop #1 - #2 and 9 more
      Aug 12, 2019 @ 4:52pm
      Aug 12, 2019
      user #1881575allaj1234riddentrailPontiac Loop #5 - #6
      Aug 10, 2019 @ 10:13am
      Aug 10, 2019
      user #1775173SuperFlyFishBoyriddentrailPontiac Loop #11 - #2 and 12 more
      Aug 3, 2019 @ 11:04pm
      Aug 3, 2019
      user #854538jpspringaddreportPontiac Loop #1 - #2 and 2 more
      Aug 1, 2019 @ 5:33pm
      Aug 1, 2019

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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
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