How the trail was built.

The Potowatomi Mountain Biking Association (PotoMBA – www.potomba.org), an International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) Chapter, spearheaded the trail development with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR). In February 2015, PotoMBA and MDNR signed an Operating Agreement to construct the Midwest’s most epic mountain bike trail system. In early 2016, the DTE Energy Foundation provided over a quarter-million dollars to fund trail construction, and the trail was rebranded from the “Waterloo Trail” to the DTE Energy Foundation Trail. The first 5.2 mile loop of the trail at Green Lake was completed in June 2016. The second loop, on “the Big Kame” was completed in May 2017. The third loop, “Winn” was completed in August 2018. The fourth loop, “Sugar” was completed in August 2019. A potential fifth loop of the trail approximating 4 miles is possible in the future, pending MDNR approval. Follow our Facebook page for updates.

How you can help.

Development of the DTE Energy Foundation mountain bike trail system was a massive undertaking requiring significant monetary and human resources. The community and mountain biking public came together to support this project. Fund raising and sponsorship development continues, to build and maintain the trail system.

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Update Thursday February 25th, 2021:Hey all, Groomer Mike here. We were hoping to get one last weekend of fat biking in but good weather is not in our cards. This weekend’s weather is just awful for trail use and the extended forecast isn’t looking that much better. So with that said we are shutting down the winter trail grooming season and moving into our annual extended Spring Thaw Closure due to erosive spring thaw conditions. The MDNR will be closing the trail and lots Friday morning. Based on previous years closures, look for a late March to early April reopening. ... See MoreSee Less
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Update Monday, February 22nd, 2021:Well, things aren't looking good for the foreseeable future regarding maintaining and using groomed winter trails. Warm-rain-cold-snow all cycling up and down. This is Southern Lower Michigan weather as we approach March.We are asking everyone to look at the forecast before heading out. If the temps are above freezing, don't head out to the DTE groomed trails. If they are below freezing, feel free to head out. Groomed etiquette is still in effect for now. How soon the weather really starts turning for the worse to the extent that trail damage (dirt, not snow) can occur is still TBD. At the point when this occurs we will, as always, be closing the trail for an extended period of several weeks during the transitional "spring thaw" season in order to prevent trail damage. Watch this page for updates, as they occur. ... See MoreSee Less
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