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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
        trail builder
        Maintainer
      Activities Click to view
      Region Details
      • 5
      • 11
      • 2

      Region Status
      Open as of Apr 14, 2024
      Local Trail Association

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails (view details)
      86
      Trails Mountain Bike
      18
      Trails Horse
      70
      Trails Hike
      86
      Trails Trail Running
      86
      Total Distance
      90 miles
      Total Descent
      3,228 ft
      Total Vertical
      183 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      1,150 ft
      Reports
      298
      Photos
      14
      Ridden Counter
      8,453

      Photos of Pontiac Lake Recreation Area Mountain Bike

      107 |
      Apr 10, 2022 @ 3:31pm
      Apr 10, 2022
      137 |
      Dec 11, 2020 @ 6:20pm
      Dec 11, 2020
      126 |
      Nov 19, 2020 @ 7:22pm
      Nov 19, 2020
      244 |
      Jun 21, 2020 @ 12:36pm
      Jun 21, 2020
      214 |
      Jun 2, 2020 @ 4:09am
      Jun 2, 2020
      289 |
      May 23, 2020 @ 5:52am
      May 23, 2020
      276 |
      Aug 12, 2018 @ 3:48pm
      Aug 12, 2018
      358 |
      Aug 12, 2018 @ 3:48pm
      Aug 12, 2018

      Videos of Pontiac Lake Recreation Area Mountain Bike

      youtuber I did not expect that!

      8:52 | 32 | Dec 31, 2023
      youtuber Pontiac Lake Recreation Area in Waterford, MI...

      6:22 | 86 | Oct 29, 2019
      Pontiac Lake (PLRA)
      6:08 | 251 | Mar 18, 2022 , Waterford
      youtuber Going Hard at the Pontiac Lake Recreation Area...

      4:34 | 687 | May 15, 2019
      youtuber Riding a Michigan Classic • The Pontiac Lake...

      10:17 | 415 | Jan 31, 2019
      Pontiac Lake Recreation Area // Trail Preview...

      14:08 | 363 | Oct 24, 2018

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      jrushlowriddenrouteactivity #51416949 and 1 more
      Apr 19, 2024 @ 6:49pm
      3 days
      Leadpncladdreportactivity #51179708 and 32 more
      Apr 14, 2024 @ 1:03pm
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      Apr 8, 2024 @ 5:22am
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      Mar 31, 2024 @ 4:40pm
      Mar 31, 2024
      Leadpnclwishlistrouteactivity #50550454
      Mar 28, 2024 @ 7:44am
      Mar 28, 2024

      Recent Comments

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      ivy-likes-trees-2trailPontiac Loop Alternate (Hard)Not as difficult as the other hard line.
      Jul 13, 2021 @ 9:43am
      Jul 13, 2021
      Yellow13trailPontiac 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 Bike1811 miles1,719 ft4 miles151 ft
      #684#3611229825,303
      Horse7080 miles1,673 ft6 miles180 ft
      #1,55424824
      Hike8690 miles3,228 ft10 miles184 ft
      #471#29729898
      Trail Running8690 miles3,228 ft10 miles184 ft
      #472#29529857
      • By markholloway Trailforks Map Team & contributors
      • Admins: CRAMBA, MCMBA
      • #11527 - 11,169 views
      • pontiac lake recreation area activity log | embed map of Pontiac Lake Recreation Area mountain bike trails | pontiac lake recreation area mountain biking points of interest

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