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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
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      • Zandra Inman
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      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Global Ranking
      #3,183
      State Ranking
      #69
      Trails
      13
      Total Distance
      9 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      4 miles
      Total Descent
      1,520 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      1,119 ft
      Total Vertical
      152 ft
      Reports
      27
      Ridden Counter
      610

      Recent Comments

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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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      Recent Activity

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      user #689176ajreedaddridelogSep 18, 2011 ride log and 4 more
      Apr 24, 2018 @ 10:13am
      2 days
      user #723654c0nsumerupdateregionPontiac Lake Recreation Area
      Apr 23, 2018 @ 1:59pm
      2 days
      user #1107320chrisdezaddreportPontiac Loop #3 - #4
      Apr 23, 2018 @ 6:52am
      3 days
      user #1098857jkregeraddridelogApr 22, 2018 ride log
      Apr 22, 2018 @ 12:55pm
      Apr 22, 2018
      user #1098857jkregeraddridelogApr 21, 2018 ride log
      Apr 21, 2018 @ 2:04pm
      Apr 21, 2018
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