17 miles
Distance
896 ft
Climb
-902 ft
Descent
01:49:01
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
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    One Direction
    Popular direction shown
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #13393 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 100 in Trail Running
    • 100 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
  • Altitude change
    -6 ft
  • Altitude min
    876 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,001 ft
  • Altitude start
    897 ft
  • Altitude end
    892 ft
  • Grade max
    -21.8%
  • Grade min
    17.3%
  • Distance climb
    7 miles
  • Distance down
    7 miles
  • Distance flat
    3 miles
  • Avg time
    01:49:01
  • Avg reverse time
    01:51:25
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Status:
on Nov 20, 2020
Variable
Avg: 4.75 (8 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
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  • < 2 days
  • < 1 week
  • < 2 weeks
  • < 1 month
  • < 6 months
  • > 6 months
Trail Ridden Direction
The intended direction a trail should be ridden.
  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Boardwalk Boardwalk
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
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      Potawatomi Trail Trail Reports

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      Nov 20, 2020 @ 9:40am
      Nov 20, 2020
      Trail is free from obstructions (save for the area where the trail team is working), but all the dead leaves make the downhills REAL wild. Not a...
      Oct 31, 2020 @ 1:47pm
      Oct 31, 2020
      reporter Leaf-covered with a couple small wet spots.
      Aug 22, 2020 @ 7:14am
      Aug 22, 2020
      Too many hikers!! This is a mountain bike trail right? Why are hikers telling me to slow down? I am slow enough the way it is... In all...
      Aug 1, 2020 @ 8:54am
      Aug 1, 2020
      Jun 24, 2020 @ 8:39am
      Jun 24, 2020
      Perfect
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 6 rides
      • 18 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 317 rides
      • 23 miles avg distance
      All
      • 991 rides
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      Photos

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      Oct 12, 2020 @ 12:58pm
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      Oct 12, 2020 @ 12:57pm
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      Oct 12, 2020 @ 12:57pm
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      14 |
      Oct 12, 2020 @ 12:57pm
      Oct 12, 2020

      Routes with this trail

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      titleratingdistance
      18 Mile Poto route
      18 miles
      TTC 2020 Purple 46 Miles Counterclockwise race
      47 miles
      TTC 2020 Purple 46 Miles Clockwise race
      46 miles
      TTC 2020 Red 39 Miles Clockwise race
      37 miles

      Trail Events

      3 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      flag 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.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag 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.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag petercroce (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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      youtuber The Potawatomi Trail • A Classic Michigan...
      14:47 | 337 | Apr 27, 2020 , Pinckney
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      4:24 | 26 | Oct 12, 2020 , Pinckney
      9-17-2020 TTC Second Half DTE to Waterloo to Poto
      4:52 | 23 | Sep 27, 2020 , Pinckney
      9-17-2020 TTC First Half Poto Waterloo DTE
      7:13 | 25 | Sep 27, 2020 , Pinckney
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