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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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      Region Status
      Caution as of Apr 10, 2024
      Local Trail Association

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails (view details)
      20
      Trails Mountain Bike
      18
      Trails E-Bike
      1
      Trails Hike
      20
      Trails Trail Running
      20
      Trails Snowshoe
      6
      Total Distance
      32 miles
      Total Descent
      1,406 ft
      Total Vertical
      79 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      946 ft
      Reports
      295
      Photos
      7
      Ridden Counter
      4,513

      Photos of Island Lake Recreation Area Mountain Bike

      trail: The Badlands
      17 |
      Dec 28, 2023 @ 5:01am
      Dec 28, 2023
      report
      trail: Yellow Loop
      26 |
      Jun 17, 2022 @ 4:58pm
      Jun 17, 2022
      trail: Yellow Loop
      68 |
      Aug 17, 2019 @ 7:48pm
      Aug 17, 2019
      trail: Yellow Loop
      84 |
      Aug 17, 2019 @ 7:48pm
      Aug 17, 2019
      report
      87 |
      May 4, 2019 @ 8:51am
      May 4, 2019
      report
      74 |
      May 4, 2019 @ 8:49am
      May 4, 2019
      73 |
      Apr 19, 2019 @ 10:22am
      Apr 19, 2019

      Videos of Island Lake Recreation Area Mountain Bike

      youtuber Solo ride at Island Lake | Michigan Mountain...

      4:59 | 198 | Apr 26, 2023
      youtuber Mountain biking at Bloomer Park near Rochester...

      4:33 | 135 | Apr 26, 2023
      My 1st time riding the ILRA Badlands FAT BIKE...
      9:17 | 118 | Feb 3, 2023 , Brighton
      Island Lake Mountain Bike Trails
      8:59 | 202 | Feb 22, 2022 , Brighton
      Island Lake Mountain Bike Trails
      8:59 | 515 | Feb 22, 2022 , Brighton
      Island Lake Mountain Bike Trails (ILRA)
      8:59 | 309 | Feb 22, 2022 , Brighton

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      Mar 28, 2024 @ 8:02am
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      Recent Comments

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      jconradtrailYellow LoopYellow is easier than blue.
      May 22, 2021 @ 4:51pm
      May 22, 2021
      CopematrailJC Penny ConnectorThis trail has been permanently closed (summer...
      Aug 17, 2019 @ 8:07pm
      Aug 17, 2019

      Nearby Areas

      namedistance
      Huron Meadows Metropark3.5 km
      Kensington Metropark 34.2 km
      Brighton Recreation Area 10 5 16.2 km
      Proud Lake 25 27.3 km
      Milford Trail 17.6 km

      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike1831 miles1,316 ft10 miles79 ft
      #1,746#945729518,784
      E-Bike14 miles125 ft1 mile56 ft
      2636
      Hike2032 miles1,404 ft10 miles79 ft
      #1,319#829295100
      Trail Running2032 miles1,404 ft10 miles79 ft
      #1,323#82729596
      Snowshoe68 miles489 ft2 miles66 ft
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