17.0 miles
Distance
890 ft
Climb
-895 ft
Descent
01:51:33
Avg time

Potawatomi Trail Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Pinckney Recreation Area
    Pinckney, Michigan
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Direction
    One Direction
    Popular direction shown
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #4845 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #25372 in Trail Running
    • #34343 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 95 in Trail Running
    • 90 in Hiking
  • Land Manager

Here, 20 miles northwest of Ann Arbor, you’ll find three trails: the 17-mile Potawatomi Trail, the 5.1-mile Crooked Lake Trail and the 1.9-mile Silver Lake Trail. The routes are shared with hikers. If you double the length of Pontiac Lake and replace the rocks with roots, you have Poto. Trails from 1.9 to 17.5 miles round trip.

Biking season: All year (8 a.m. to 10 p.m.). Other activities include bicycling, boating, camping (reservation), canoeing, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, picnicking, swimming, water skiing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling. Dining in Chelsea, Dexter, Pinckney.

Trail map available on DNR website.

More Stats for Potawatomi Trail bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -5 ft
  • Altitude min
    877 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,001 ft
  • Altitude start
    898 ft
  • Altitude end
    892 ft
  • Grade
    -0%
  • Grade max
    -16.6%
  • Grade min
    19.6%
  • Distance climb
    7 miles
  • Distance down
    7 miles
  • Distance flat
    3 miles
  • Avg time
    01:51:33
  • Avg reverse time
    01:55:12
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Status:
on Sep 8, 2021
Ideal
Avg: 4.8 (9 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Snow Cover Inadequate
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • hiking (1 year)
  • moto (1 year)
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      Potawatomi Trail Trail Reports

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      Sep 8, 2021 @ 7:43am
      Sep 8, 2021
      A storm came through last night. A lot of branches and large sticks that ruin some spokes or derailleur.
      Jul 31, 2021 @ 9:48am
      Jul 31, 2021
      Jun 12, 2021 @ 8:29am
      Jun 12, 2021
      May 23, 2021 @ 4:29am
      May 23, 2021
      May 2, 2021 @ 3:57am
      May 2, 2021
      Perfect Day
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 0 rides
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      6 Months
      • 296 rides
      • 27 miles avg distance
      All
      • 991 rides
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      Photos

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      Oct 12, 2020 @ 12:57pm
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      Oct 12, 2020 @ 12:57pm
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      Routes with this trail

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      titleratingdistance
      18 Mile Poto route
      18 miles
      Triple Trail Challenge 2021 (Saturday / CCW)
      49 miles
      TTC 2020 Purple 46 Miles Counterclockwise race
      47 miles
      TTC 2020 Red 39 Miles Counterclockwise race
      39 miles

      Trail Events

      3 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      dancash (May 7, 2019 at 13:08)
       I really enjoyed this trail. My legs were definitely cooked by the end. Some surprisingly gnarly descents and a lot of up and down. Most of it is double track width and nice and flowy. Whoever built those benches out there has my thanks. Lots of opportunity for scenic views of the lakes while you rest your legs.
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      • + 0
      krisramp79 (Jun 11, 2020 at 17:16)
       Rode this on Memorial Day, very tough for a beginner, lots of hills, I guess that’s what they call it “serious hills” lol...overall lots of hills and definitely not for a beginner.
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      • + 0
      steelispossiblyreal (Sep 27, 2020 at 11:35)
       One of the premier old school trails in the region. Some crazy fast sections and technical descents/climbs. Lots of little natural root booters to get some air. Also the elevation is more like 1500-1600, not the Trailforks amount posted.
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      Videos

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      youtuber The Potawatomi Trail • A Classic Michigan...
      14:47 | 502 | Apr 27, 2020 , Pinckney
      The Cardiac Killer, Potawatomi Trail...
      15:19 | 72 | Jun 2, 2021 , Pinckney
      TTC 9-17-2020 poto-killer  107 feet up in 0.37...
      4:24 | 139 | Oct 12, 2020 , Pinckney
      9-17-2020 TTC Second Half DTE to Waterloo to Poto
      4:52 | 103 | Sep 27, 2020 , Pinckney
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