Hike or Bike the Potawatomi Trail

Michigan Potawatomi Trailhead

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This singletrack trail is a challenging, scenic route for hikers and bikers, alike.

The Potawatomi Trail passes over hills and by lakes, with sometimes sandy terrain and exposed roots to make for a technical challenge. Both hikers and bikers use this track. Mountain bikers describe the route as fast and flowing, with decent elevation change.

Photo Credit: Peter Morville

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  • Hiking boots
  • Biking gear
  • Water
  • Sun protection
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Hiking, Mountain Biking

Skill Level:



Spring, Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:



17.5 Miles

Elev. Gain:

1208 Feet



Dog Friendly

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7 days ago

October Camping

A friend and I camped at Crooked Lake and hiked a portion of the crooked lake trail (total trail is 5.4) and a chunk of The Poto trail, putting us at 13 miles total. A fair amount of mountain bikers and more foot traffic than I expected. Camp site was full both nights even for mid October. If you're looking for peace and quiet, I push to later in the season or during the week. Beautiful trail thou. Lots of hidden lakes and bridges. Water pumps at the Crooked Lake and Blind Lake camp sites.

7 days ago

about 1 month ago

Backpacking the Potawatomi Trail

If you are in lower Michigan and are itchin for a nearby backpacking trip then this is it. The trail has several hills and passes by and over many inland lakes. I backpacked to the Blind Lake rustic camp site. It's not a good place to go if you are trying to get away from civilization as the lake has a lot of boating traffic. Late Fall and Winter backpacking would be the only time I would go.

about 1 month ago

7 months ago

Mountain Biking Poto

For michigan mountain biking this is where it's at! Good flow to the trail, lots of challenging hills, couple of little drops and an abundance of smiling faces using the trail as well. Bikers go one way and hikers go the other, creates less confusion. If you're looking to do some prime biking in Michigan this is the trail for you.

7 months ago

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