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      The Torn Shirt loop is a little over 5 miles long and is considered an advanced ride. The Murray Lake Trail is between 7 and 9 miles long depending on which loops you ride and is considered a more moderate trail.
      Bauer Road Parking google parking directions
      Access Info:
      How to get there from Ann Arbor:

      Take US-23 north for 18 miles. Exit at Silver Lake Rd. (Exit 55). Turn left. Take the next left onto Whitmore lake Rd. Take the next right onto Winan’s Lake Rd. This T’s into Hamburg Rd. Take a right. After a short distance take another right to stay on Hamburg Rd. After about 2 miles, turn left onto Bauer Rd (large dirt rd). Turn left at the second intersection, which is Bishop Lake Rd. Take this for one mile and the Bishop Lake Parking lot is on your left. Drive time from Ann Arbor is 30 min.

      -or-

      US 23 north to Exit 54B. West to Chilson Road (app 5 Miles), north on Chilson 3 * Miles to Park HQ, then east on Bishop Lake Road to the trail head.

      How to get there from Flint:

      Take US-23 south to I-96 west, exit almost immediately at Spencer Rd. Turn Right on Spencer Rd (West), cross Grand River, and continue west (now called Brighton Rd.) until you get to a strange X-shaped intersection, Chilson Rd. Turn left, go south about 1 mile, then turn left at Bishop lake Road. Continue east about 1 mile, passing the Bishop Lake beach, then turn right at the Bishop Lake parking lot entrance.

      -or-

      South on US 23 to I-96, west one exit to #147 then follow directions from Detroit.

      How to get there from Detroit:

      West on I-96 to Exit 147, through Brighton app. 6 miles to Chilson Road, south on Chilson to Park HQ, then east on Bishop Lake Road to the Trail Head.

      How to get there from Lansing:

      East on I-96 to Exit 137, south on D-19 to Coon Lake Road, East to Chilson Road, south to Park HQ, then east on Bishop Lake Road to the Trail Head.
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      Region Details
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      Region Status
      Open as of Mar 31, 2020
      Local Trail Association

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails (view details)
      59
      Trails Mountain Bike
      12
      Trails Hike
      58
      Trails Trail Running
      58
      Trails Horse
      47
      Trails Snowshoe
      47
      Trails Backcountry Ski
      47
      Total Distance
      93 miles
      Total Descent
      3,328 ft
      Total Vertical
      207 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      1,078 ft
      Reports
      172
      Photos
      33
      Ridden Counter
      4,204

      Brighton Recreation Area Mountain Bike Routes

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      Brighton Hard Loop Snack Pack
      17 miles

      Recent Ride Log Activity in Region

      Today
      • 0 rides
      Yesterday
      • 9 rides
      Past Week
      • 30 rides

      Photos of Brighton Recreation Area Mountain Bike

      76 |
      Aug 18, 2021 @ 8:31am
      Aug 18, 2021
      trail: Lost Loop
      76 |
      Aug 8, 2020 @ 5:25pm
      Aug 8, 2020
      | 1 comments
      158 |
      Aug 1, 2020 @ 11:43am
      Aug 1, 2020
      147 |
      Aug 1, 2020 @ 11:42am
      Aug 1, 2020
      165 |
      May 7, 2020 @ 9:09am
      May 7, 2020
      177 |
      May 7, 2020 @ 9:08am
      May 7, 2020
      100 |
      May 1, 2020 @ 5:41pm
      May 1, 2020
      197 |
      Jun 8, 2017 @ 4:57pm
      Jun 8, 2017

      Videos of Brighton Recreation Area Mountain Bike

      Murray Lake Trail, Brighton MI
      1:35 | 330 | Sep 5, 2016
      New Skills Area

      5:49 | 22 | Apr 13, 2022
      Murray Lake Trail (and more) at Brighton Rec Area
      13:45 | 70 | Aug 2, 2021 , Brighton
      Murray Lake Trail (and more) at Brighton Rec Area
      trail: Found Loop
      13:45 | 68 | Aug 2, 2021 , Brighton
      Murray Lake Trail (and more) at Brighton Rec Area
      trail: Lost Loop
      13:45 | 63 | Aug 2, 2021 , Brighton
      Murray Lake Trail (and more) at Brighton Rec Area
      13:45 | 88 | Aug 2, 2021 , Brighton
      Plenty of GNAR at Brighton Rec Area (Appleton...
      13:21 | 97 | Jul 13, 2021 , Brighton
      Plenty of GNAR at Brighton Rec Area (Appleton...
      13:21 | 69 | Jul 13, 2021 , Brighton

      Recent Trail Reports

      Activity Feed

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      user #3020505x9uqIdjxwishlistrouteBrighton Hard Loop Snack Pack
      May 17, 2022 @ 5:40pm
      May 17, 2022
      user #3020505x9uqIdjxwishlistregionBrighton Recreation Area
      May 17, 2022 @ 4:55pm
      May 17, 2022
      user #2914035JohnhamburgerwishlisttrailTorn Shirt Trail
      May 11, 2022 @ 5:08am
      May 11, 2022
      user #2657514amartz02addreportMurray Lake Connector and 3 more
      May 10, 2022 @ 10:08am
      May 10, 2022
      user #3020505x9uqIdjxwishlisttrailMurray Lake Trail and 6 more
      May 7, 2022 @ 3:55am
      May 7, 2022

      Recent Comments

      usernametypetitlecommentdate
      user #824896collinwheelertrailTorn Shirt TrailNot sure why the elevation profile for this...
      Aug 31, 2020 @ 8:04pm
      Aug 31, 2020
      user #2281571ShawnwarspawntrailTorn Shirt TrailGreat trail some down hill tech and great...
      Jul 19, 2020 @ 6:28pm
      Jul 19, 2020
      user #1872867Wylieb2trailTorn Shirt TrailTons of loose rock on hills, covered in stuff...
      Jul 28, 2019 @ 4:32pm
      Jul 28, 2019
      user #1173448ProfRottRidgetrailTorn Shirt TrailAdjust to 7.6 miles
      Aug 24, 2017 @ 1:25pm
      Aug 24, 2017
      user #1326012EzhilnambitrailTorn Shirt TrailIts 7.6 miles
      May 18, 2017 @ 10:22am
      May 18, 2017

      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike1221 miles1,831 ft7 miles98 ft
      #980#5083317214,096
      Hike5891 miles3,241 ft12 miles207 ft
      #756#454170101
      Trail Running5891 miles3,241 ft12 miles207 ft
      #757#45017014
      Horse4772 miles1,499 ft5 miles167 ft
      #1,132446
      Snowshoe4772 miles1,499 ft5 miles167 ft
      Backcountry Ski4772 miles1,499 ft5 miles167 ft
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