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Potawatomi Trail

 16 votes

Length

17.5 Miles 28.1 Kilometers

99%

Runnable

Elevation

787' 240 m

Ascent

-783' -239 m

Descent

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

9%

Max Grade (5°)

995' 303 m

High

883' 269 m

Low

Conditions


Minor Issues 22 days ago
Mostly Dry: Little bit of mud mostly on the northern part of the trail. 3 small trees laying over the trail. All else was good. History

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A classic SE Michigan loop that makes for a beautiful run.

Dylan Graves

Overview

No camping along the trail except at the Blind Lake backpacker campground. Use caution during hunting season even though there are no closure dates or anything like that. The trail just closes whenever the park does (typically between dusk and dawn).
The Potawatomi Trail is a real classic in Southeast Michigan, one of the longest and oldest loops in the area. A lot of mountain bikers use it, but it is still pedestrian friendly. I'd suggest going counter-clockwise in order to avoid running in the same direction as the bikers.
Features: Fall Colors — Lake — River/Creek — Views — Wildlife
Dogs: Leashed

Runner Notes

This is a great trail run. The rocks and roots are definitely there, but you can avoid these pretty easily.

Description

The trailhead is pretty hard to miss, just before the large parking lot at the Silver Lake swimming access. Once on the trail, you'll immediately ascend a small hill and cross a road. At the first junction, keep left (right takes you along the Silver Lake Trail).

All the other junctions are pretty hard to get confused. The trail is well-marked, with distance markers every quarter mile or so. Use the Trail Run Project mobile app if you're confused. You can also shave off a little more than two miles if you take the Potawatomi Shortcut Trail north of Halfmoon Lake.

It is a very scenic trail with lots of views and variety. It is rolling through glacial hills and moraines, and there are some obvious eskers and erratics throughout the run. There are lots of lakes and some streams as well. All water crossings have wooden bridges across them, so you shouldn't get wet, unless it is a particularly muddy time of year. It makes for a great winter run, too!

Flora & Fauna

Typical recovering Michigan deciduous forest, with maples, oaks and hickories dominating. Some pines as well.

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Mar 23, 2018
Robert Hill
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Feb 4, 2018
Brian D
About 2" of fresh snow today
Jul 3, 2017
Manikandan Palanisamy
Jun 29, 2017
Ryan Fry
Jan 31, 2016
Webb Lucas
Trails are solid ice. Traction devices barely scratched the surface.
Oct 2, 2014
Robert Hill
Trail run!

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