Potawatomi Trail

Ann Arbor, Michigan

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There are three trails in one in this recreation area, the infamous and long Poto Trail, the mid-length Crooked Lake Trail, and the shortest Silver Lake Trail. None, not even the Silver Lake Trail, could be considered beginner’s trails. There are just too many hills and roots to make that claim. Silver Lake is more an intermediate trail, and the Poto and Crooked Lake are advanced intermediate- to expert-level trails. The Poto, as it is known, is the largest and longest of all the mountain bike trails in Southeast Michigan. It’s somewhat legendary, since it was once rated by many as one of the better trails in the country. Perhaps due to the increased popularity of the sport, and the improvement and growth of other trails, it’s no longer on countrywide top ten lists, but it’s still a daunting, challenging, and fun trail. At 17.5 miles for the longest loop, it also offers a good, hearty day out, especially due to the constantly rolling terrain. It’s not for the faint of heart by any means.
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by Rob Pulcipher (Falcon Guides)

There are three trails in one in this recreation area, the infamous and long Poto Trail, the mid-length Crooked Lake Trail, and the shortest Silver Lake Trail. None, not even the Silver Lake Trail, could be considered beginner’s trails. There are just too many hills and roots to make that claim. Silver Lake is more an intermediate trail, and the Poto and Crooked Lake are advanced intermediate- to expert-level trails.

The Poto, as it is known, is the largest and longest of all the mountain bike trails in Southeast Michigan. It’s somewhat legendary, since it was once rated by many as one of the better trails in the country. Perhaps due to the increased popularity of the sport, and the improvement and growth of other trails, it’s no longer on countrywide top ten lists, but it’s still a daunting, challenging, and fun trail. At 17.5 miles for the longest loop, it also offers a good, hearty day out, especially due to the constantly rolling terrain. It’s not for the faint of heart by any means.

© 2014 Rob Pulcipher/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Ann Arbor
Distance: 17.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Duration: 1- 2 hours
Local Maps: MMBA: mmba.org/trail-guide/#18; State of Michigan DNR–Silver Lake State Park: www.michigandnr.com/parksandtrails/Details.aspx?id=484&type=SPRK; DeLorme: Michigan Atlas & Gazetteer, page 32
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