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Pontiac Lake Recreation Area

Pontiac Lake Trail, Waterford Twp, MI 48327, USA   Get Direction


One of the more popular Metro Detroit trails. Pontiac Lake Trails have been a favorite for decades. It is a single, easy to follow loop with two optional, signed difficult sections. 


One of the best known and most used trails in the Detroit area. With 3,745 acres of a mixture of marshes, ponds, heavy forests, old farm fields, river bottom and lakes that support a variety of animals, the locatio is some 10 miles from downtown Pontiac.

The challenging terrain has been providing an escape for riders seeking an out from the hustle and bustle of the automotive grind. The trail is well known by avid community for hikers, equestrians, and mountain bikers.

Riding these fast, flowing trails with major elevation changes is a challenging commitment, but one which handily rewards riders.

The trails starts and ends at the southwest corner of the main parking lot. Beginning at the parking lot, you'll cross Gale Road, and head a few hundred yards in a doubletrack. Rolling for the first couple of miles, you'll hit the main climb about 2 miles in. 

After reaching the top of the climb, you'll be rewarded with one of the challenging, rocky descents that Pontiac Trail is known for. At 3 miles in, you are presented with an overlook of Pontiac Lake. The trail continues to flow and swoop through the woods until the final switchback climb that ends the trail. 

  • Trails, Routes
  • Clinton River Area Mountain Bike Association
  • Michigan DNR
  • Pontiac Lake Trail
    Pontiac Lake Trail, Waterford Twp, MI 48327, USA
What To Look For
  • World Class MTB Trail

    Popular mountain biking destination.

  • Bring Your Camera!

    Awesome views of the area.

  • Challenging

    For beginners and pros.

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