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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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      • 5
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      Region Status
      Open as of May 12, 2022
      Local Trail Association

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      Trails (view details)
      7
      Trails Mountain Bike
      7
      Trails Hike
      7
      Trails Trail Running
      7
      Total Distance
      14 miles
      Total Descent
      608 ft
      Total Vertical
      60 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      927 ft
      Reports
      176
      Photos
      6
      Ridden Counter
      3,164

      Photos of Island Lake Recreation Area Mountain Bike

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      trail: Yellow Loop
      3 |
      Jun 17, 2022 @ 4:58pm
      Jun 17, 2022
      trail: Yellow Loop
      52 |
      Aug 17, 2019 @ 7:48pm
      Aug 17, 2019
      trail: Yellow Loop
      57 |
      Aug 17, 2019 @ 7:48pm
      Aug 17, 2019
      report
      64 |
      May 4, 2019 @ 8:51am
      May 4, 2019
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      51 |
      May 4, 2019 @ 8:49am
      May 4, 2019
      trail: Yellow Loop
      90 |
      May 26, 2018 @ 11:04am
      May 26, 2018

      Videos of Island Lake Recreation Area Mountain Bike

      Island Lake Mountain Bike Trails
      8:59 | 59 | Feb 22, 2022 , Brighton
      Island Lake Mountain Bike Trails
      8:59 | 109 | Feb 22, 2022 , Brighton
      Island Lake Mountain Bike Trails (ILRA)
      8:59 | 84 | Feb 22, 2022 , Brighton

      Recent Trail Reports

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      user #1439223Getrad68addreportBlue Loop (Seg 1) and 2 more
      Jul 30, 2022 @ 1:09pm
      Jul 30, 2022
      user #1451967lorenk3addreportBlue Loop (Seg 1) and 4 more
      Jul 29, 2022 @ 5:06pm
      Jul 29, 2022
      user #3121407ConnorThornwishlisttrailYellow Loop
      Jul 25, 2022 @ 6:20pm
      Jul 25, 2022
      user #3106172kirksmithl2XaddreportBlue Loop (Seg 2) and 1 more
      Jul 24, 2022 @ 7:05pm
      Jul 24, 2022
      user #2976641MokShaizriddenrouteIsland Lake Green loop From JCPenny
      Jul 3, 2022 @ 4:50pm
      Jul 3, 2022

      Recent Comments

      usernametypetitlecommentdate
      user #2111328jconradtrailYellow LoopYellow is easier than blue.
      May 22, 2021 @ 4:51pm
      May 22, 2021
      user #1861321CopematrailJC PennyThis trail has been permanently closed (summer...
      Aug 17, 2019 @ 8:07pm
      Aug 17, 2019

      Nearby Areas

      namedistance
      Kensington Metropark4.2 km
      Brighton Recreation Area 6 5 16.2 km
      Proud Lake 297.3 km
      Milford Trail 17.6 km
      Section 21 Trails at Settlers Park 1 29.7 km

      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike714 miles607 ft5 miles59 ft
      #1,840#976617615,655
      Hike714 miles607 ft5 miles59 ft
      #1,438#86517657
      Trail Running714 miles607 ft5 miles59 ft
      #1,438#86317632
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