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If you double the length of Pontiac Lake and replace the rocks with roots, you'd get this. Watch out fer the sand
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Latitude
42.41492630894768
Longitude
-83.96460056304932
Trail Directions
15 miles NW of Ann Arbor. From US23, take North Territorial Road west about 10 miles to Dexter-Townhall Road. Turn north for 1.2 miles to Silver Hill Road. Bear left to the parking lot at Silver Lake Beach.
Trail Length
17.5 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Pinckney
   


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Review Date
April 13, 2015

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Jac ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:

20+ years ago this was one of the top trails in the USA. To evaluate the present one must look at the past. I had the good fortune to ride the Potawatomi Trail in Pickney this past Saturday (4/11/15) for the first time since '94. The Poto is still a wonderful trail, but the fish scale (geo-mat) is a well intentioned erosion prevention system that has failed over the past 21+ years. When you ride it on damp tires, it can be slick as ice, and with a light dusting of dirt, it is not much better. This can make for disappointing climbs and harrowing descents. What's more, runners and hikers have been avoiding the scale since they don't feel secure on it either, leaving trails around the fish scale and extending the erosion. Other areas are addressed with what appears to be a gravel/clay mix. I'm not certain how old the mix is, but it appears to address all issues noted with the mat.

I thought others might want to know of this problem since we do not want to loose this gem in Michigan's trail system that I found to be a great stress reliever while I was attending school. I will pass this on to the MiDNR, Potowatomi Trail Group and MMBA . This is an issue that requires resolution.

Flow is great for an XC trail but not up to down hill standards. It is a different genre after all.

I will return more often now.

Recommended Route:
Required to ride clock-wise, there is no choice.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Brighton, but I still prefer the Poto.



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Review Date
September 6, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Aaron LaCombe ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This trail is fantastic. Rolling, rooty and tree-lined for miles and miles. It's got wooden bridges over lakes, fruit trees, sandy portions, sustained climbs, wild downhills, the works. If you stare at the on-trail maps for too long and scratch your head, the ghost of "Roadkill" Ragucci will whisper in your ear and say "go that way". Don't listen to him. He doesn't know his way around. That's how he died out there in the first place.

Recommended Route:
Don't be a wuss, do the whole thing. Get a map and look it over before you go. Take some snacks, and plenty of water and pedal your butt off.



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Review Date
April 30, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: tundraline ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Rode this trail last summer and had a great time. Nice trail. Scenic. Well maintained and designed. Clever one-direction riding in parts to minimize user conflict. Going back again this year. Interesting changes in topography and habitat. Well worth the visit, and you'll get a good workout.



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Review Date
July 30, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: SCkikapuD ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Great climbing and strenuous exercise trail. Good technical sections with roots, rocks and lots of sand. I didn't know Pinckney, MI boasted such a great place to ride. I'm excited to return and ride it every summer now!



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Review Date
August 29, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: manabiker ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is challenging, demanding, impossible at times, thats what keeps me coming back for more, I started doing this trail in the 70'a on xc ski's, then in the 80's on a MB, now again in 2010 on a real MB, Poto will challenge the best, it has everything Michigan has to offer and then some, some people hate it, most people love it, either way they can't stop talking about it.
The Crooked Lake Climb is reason enough to do this trail. Lots of lakes you can jump in, Silver Lk, Blind Lk, Pickrel Lk, Highland Lk, some creeks to cool of at too.. some benches, tables, maps and markers make it a easy trail to figure out, you can get lost but take your time and read the maps, you should be ok.

Recommended Route:
Park at Pickrel Lake off Hankard Road, you can jump in the lake after you ride, to wash off the sweat and bug juice, there a deer flies out there that have to be related to Pharina, Deep Woods Off is the only thing I found that works on them, take food, water, well water(it don't taste good but it's wet) available at Blind Lake and Crooked Lake, the top part of the trail system is in Hell,Michigan LOL!!! Hell of a ride.. There are many variations of the loops. Best after a rain, it helps in the sand sections.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
nothing compares



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