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      25 years ago, the MMBA began work reestablishing the overgrown and long neglected Island Lake Recreation Area trail system. Today, these trails are now one of Michigan's most popular mountain bike trail destinations. Many a mountain biker can claim Island Lake as their first singletrack experience, and it's a great place to share the sport with beginners. The trail head parking lot has room for 120 cars, and while prime weekend days find it mostly full, the trails never feel that crowded. Paved bike paths connect Island Lake to the Kensington MetroPark, the Milford mountain biking trails, Proud Lake Recreation Area trails, and beyond making Island Lake the perfect launching point for all-day epic biking adventures.

      From the trail head, riders can chose from two trails, each with their own character. The Blue trail, approximately 9 miles in length, is fast and flowing, with gentle climbs and descents. Beginner friendly, the flow really appears at speed and experienced riders will find Blue a great place to spin all out and work on their cardio as the miles fly by. The Yellow Trail, approximately 6 miles in length, is a more technical and hilly intermediate trail with scenic stretches along the Huron River and great vistas. The end of the Blue Trail shares a small section of two track with Yellow, and so it's easy to link both Blue and Yellow into a 14+ mile loop.
      AKA: Island Lake State Park
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      Total Distance
      14 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      5 miles
      Total Descent
      452 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      922 ft
      Total Vertical
      55 ft
      Ridden Counter

      Popular Island Lake Recreation Area Trails

      Blue Loop
      Yellow Loop
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      Recent Trail Reports

      Recent Activity

      user #1277353AaronJacobHaddridelogMay 23, 2018 ride log
      May 24, 2018 @ 9:02am
      6 hours
      user #1277353AaronJacobHaddridelogMay 22, 2018 ride log
      May 23, 2018 @ 10:20am
      1 days
      user #1098857jkregeraddridelogMay 17, 2018 ride log
      May 17, 2018 @ 5:44pm
      May 17, 2018
      user #1449455JonsiglowaddreportBlue Loop
      May 17, 2018 @ 11:11am
      May 17, 2018
      user #1277888smuelle2000addridelogMay 16, 2018 ride log
      May 16, 2018 @ 7:38pm
      May 16, 2018
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      Nearby Riding Areas

      Brighton Recreation Area 4 5 16.2 km
      Proud Lake 2 47.3 km
      Milford Trail 17.6 km
      Highland Recreation Area 2 210.5 km
      Maybury State Park 1 110.5 km
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