17.0 miles
Distance
876 ft
Climb
-881 ft
Descent
01:41:14
Avg time
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Potawatomi Trail Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Pinckney Recreation Area
    Pinckney, Michigan
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Blue (2 votes)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Direction
    One Direction
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  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #4845 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #25372 in Trail Running
    • #34343 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 85 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Land Owner

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.

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More Stats for Potawatomi Trail multi-use trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -5 ft
  • Altitude min
    878 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,001 ft
  • Altitude start
    898 ft
  • Altitude end
    892 ft
  • Grade
    -0%
  • Grade max
    -22.6%
  • Grade min
    19.6%
  • Distance climb
    7 miles
  • Distance down
    7 miles
  • Distance flat
    3 miles
  • Avg time
    01:41:14
  • Avg reverse time
    01:55:39
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on Feb 22, 2024
Wet
Avg: 4.85 (12 votes)
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      Potawatomi Trail Trail Reports

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      Feb 22, 2024 @ 4:00am
      Feb 22, 2024
      Wet in spots. >95% dry
      Oct 1, 2023 @ 2:40am
      Oct 1, 2023
      Jun 18, 2023 @ 9:23am
      Jun 18, 2023
      Downed trees at abt mile 12 & 15
      May 5, 2023 @ 6:17pm
      May 5, 2023
      99% good, a few muddy spots and the gravel road that floods is flooded, but rideable without getting your feet wet
      Dec 13, 2022 @ 1:39pm
      Dec 13, 2022
      Trail in great condition, only a couple of greasy spots. Watch for reduced traction on wet leaves!
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 11 rides
      • 26 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 145 rides
      • 22 miles avg distance
      All
      • 2,542 rides
      • Last: May 26, 2024

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      youtuber Bloomer Park Trail | Michigan Mountain Biking...
      7:29 | 110 | Apr 26, 2023 , Pinckney
      youtuber Exploring Potawatomi Trail in Pinckney, MI |...
      18:53 | 489 | Oct 16, 2019 , Pinckney
      youtuber The Potawatomi Trail • A Classic Michigan...
      14:47 | 886 | Apr 27, 2020 , Pinckney
      Potawatomi - Such a special place!
      1:47:08 | 113 | Dec 28, 2022 , Pinckney
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