Pontiac Lake Trail - Trail, Waterford, Michigan

Pontiac Lake Trail - Trail, Waterford, Michigan

DESCRIPTION

Tough, jarring trails. The downhills make you appreciate the importance of front shocks. Rocks everywhere. Super fast downhills, a couple put you over 30mph if you dare. It's very hazardous now that the trail is washout bad in some places.

USER REVIEWS

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[Oct 21, 2010]
Sean White
Weekend Warrior

This was by far, the best trail within the U.S / Canada Border. Being from Canada, and driving over 5 hours to get to this typed of trail, is great. The trail in my opinion is well groomed and very challanging at times. It is a gem that I will continue to ride at.

Customer Service

I just followed the trail markers.

Similar Products Used:

No others that I am aware of offer the same technical ability.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Aug 24, 2009]
onlycrimson
Cross Country Rider

Pontiac Lake has some of the best technical single track in Michigan. There are plenty of rocks, roots, drop offs, climbs, sand and trees to keep you busy. Some areas are pretty rough, so keep a loose grip on the bars. The downhill areas are really fun. The super tight downhill switchback "Luge" area is very neat.

Customer Service

Start from the marked trail head and ride the trail through. Pretty straight forward.

Similar Products Used:

Highland, Maybury, Island Lake, Stony Creek

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 17, 2009]
Cory
Racer

Fast, tough and scary in parts.. just a few most of the trail is tame, but it has its fair share of giant switchback climbs and some sick downhill. lots of rocks and roots, picking your line is crucial to keep speed.

Customer Service

One loop, there is a few short cuts, 1st one is when you go to pass over the paved road hang a right and keep going till it ends at a brarrier go around the barrier to the left and its a quick horse trail to the last 2 miles of trail (this makes it a 6-7 mile loop with about 1.5 miles ridden on a road. Also the very back of the trail has a wicked banked triple switchback section thats it very very hard followed by a grueling off camber climb, hang a right when you see those treacherous downhill switchies and avoid it if your a noob

Similar Products Used:

None are as fast, the only one that gives you a good enough climb is Highland rec in whitelake.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 05, 2009]
Riding Flamingo
Weekend Warrior

As compared to other trails in the area it is a very fast trail. It takes an enthusiast just under one hour to complete. It is generally not very twisty but the speed and some bone shaking areas will compensate the fun. There are some hard (for Michigan at least) climbs and one crazy descent. Overall a great workout for a day after work.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 11, 2008]
murderface
Weekend Warrior

Great Michigan Trail. Offers a long enough ride with enough of nature's obstacles like rock gardens, brisk climbs and burner descents to keep you motivated and smiling. A few well placed log rides would really put this trail over the top!

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 20, 2007]
supermangao
Downhiller

This trail is as fun as you make it. Attak it and it'll give you a nice workout, plently of rocks and mid size climbs to keep your attention. The fun really begins on the fast desends, you can reach speeds in the low 30mph's on the back section if you really dig in.

This is a trail that to reallyg get a great workout you'll want to hit twice during you visit. Another nice thing is during the change of season there aren't a ton of leaves on this trail so maintaining a good clip is not an issue.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 21, 2004]
mhb3939
Cross Country Rider

I WOULD LIKE TO SEE "mibiker" (review posted on 05/25/2004) RIDE PONT. IN UNDER 40MINS...I THINK THAT WOULD BE THE TRAIL RECORD!! HAS ANYONE DONE THIS TRAIL IN UNDER 40 MINS, IF SO EMAIL ME SO I CAN COME OUT AND SEE IT!!!! THATS "UNDER 40 MINS...NOT 40+ MINS..UNDER AS IN 39,38,37 ECT MINS!!! THE ENITER TRAIL FROM PARKING LOT BACK TO PARKING LOT (WHERE YOU PARK YOUR CAR) IE..TRAILHEAD. THATS WHERE THE TIME "SHOULD START" .....

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 30, 2004]
VetMXR
Cross Country Rider

Wow, what a trail. I found this trail to be extremely fun and challenging. Lots of rocks, with some nice climbs and fast downhills sections with some tricky switchbacks. Not marked well, had a hard time figuring out which way to go at several junctions. I saw quite a number of riders with flat tires the day I rode it. I will definately ride it again.

Customer Service

Good question. I need to ride this one with someone who knows the trail well.

Similar Products Used:

Poto, Novi, Mayberry, Island Lake, Brighton, Highland.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 25, 2004]
Mibiker
Cross Country Rider

This is a nice small trail to ride. It is only about 8.9- 13 miles long. It can easily be done in under 40 minutes. Pontiac lake trail is known for its rocks and fast downhills. The course has changed over the years since the time when I first started riding it many years ago. Many of the "dangerous" spots have been marked off and are no longer accessible. I used to ride the suicidal downhill that is near the middle of the course. I believe that too many people were injured and even one killed riding that section hence the closing of that section. Initially when the course was set up it was one of the hardest trails in michigan. Mainly only advanced riders were hitting it. It had insane downhills, huge 3-4 foot steps and drop offs, and one mean uphill climb that I was never able to climb fully. Now the course has been set up so that a mediocre rider can do the whole course. Its still a work out though and lots of fun. Expect to fall if its your first time out. I've fallen many times on this trail and even had stitches but I guess that happens when you ride it aggressively. Many of my friends have fallen on this trail and also had stitches and other breaks. Either way make sure you are riding this trail with decent equipment. Shimano LX as a minimum. Nothing sucks worse than walking this trail back after breaking your bike in the middle of the trail. My bike has never broken on this trail but three of my friends had to make the walk back. This trail is absolutely fun to ride. Highly recommend it.

Customer Service

Take all left turns. If adventurous try to find the sectioned off "dangerous" parts. However don't ride them unless your suicidal.

Similar Products Used:

potowatomi trail, holly, bald mountain,

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Nov 23, 2003]
gcadelina
Cross Country Rider

This trail is simply "fast and furious".Technical on the first 1 to 3 miles followed by downhill and fast sprint ride.Good for 45 to 60 min. ride(less than 40 min if you're in suicidal ride).There's one exciting downhill near the end of the trail(always take left turn) followed by short stiff climb.There's alot of changes on this trail.It's longer(10 plus miles) , a lot of reroute and faster.Good for all level of biker.Loose and sandy on some part of the trail,markings are just fine.One thing about this trail is it will always tempt you to ride it twice.

Customer Service

Always take left turn.

Similar Products Used:

Highland,Poto,Holly,Stony

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
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