Pontiac Lake Recreation Area

Description: One of the best known and most used trails in the Detroit metropolitan area due to its location (just 11 miles from Pontiac and 38 miles from downtown Detroit) and challenging terrain, Pontiac Lake Recreation Area has been providing an escape from the hustle and bustle of this auto building community for hikers, equestrians, and mountain bikers for years.

Pontiac Lake is a single, easy to follow loop (with two optional, signed, difficult sections) which starts and ends just off of a main parking lot. Starting to ride this fast, flowing trail with major elevation changes is a commitment, but one which handily rewards riders.

Difficulty: Intermediate to Advanced

Trail Miles: 11 miles

Entry FeesMichigan DNR Recreation Passport

Trail / Park Websites:

Trail Conditions and Comments Thread on MMBA ForumLink

CRAMBA-IMBA Map: CRAMBA_Pontiac_Lake_17-Jun-2014.pdf

Official Park Mappontiac-lake-bike-trail.pdf

Address7800 Gale Road, Waterford, MI 48327

CRAMBA Trail Coordinator: Joe Borro

CRAMBA Trail Email Address: plra@cramba.org