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 Saturday January 16th.Trails and lots are open. Yesterday we received 2" of snow mixed in with some rain and below freezing temps overnight. That set us up with thin snow and ice for today. Get out there and pack a groove in.Since we don't have enough snow, the trail is not technically being "groomed", so all traditional uses (non-fat tire bikes and foot traffic without snowshoe or ski "floatation") are acceptable. If we get more snow (say 4 to 5 inches) and groom, then groomed trail etiquette goes into place. However, if we get dustings of an inch or two here and there, we will continue to let users pank in the trail as they have been doing. Remember, if anything changes, like the trail being closed, or, groomed conditions going into effect, you will see it in a post here first/immediately when the decision is made, so no need to email/message us for updates on such things. ... See MoreSee Less
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Update Wednesday January 13th:Warm up coming for the next two days. Please stay off the trail due to adverse impact from the freeze-thaw cycle, as temperatures are supposed to get into the 40's. The trail will likely reopen Friday for an extended period based on the forecast. ... See MoreSee Less
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