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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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      Caution on Sep 3, 2018
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      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Global Ranking
      #1,921
      State Ranking
      #41
      Trails
      2
      Total Distance
      14 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      5 miles
      Total Descent
      452 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      922 ft
      Total Vertical
      55 ft
      Reports
      14
      Photos
      1
      Ridden Counter
      235

      Popular Island Lake Recreation Area Trails

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      Blue Loop
      Yellow Loop
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      Recent Trail Reports

      Photos of Island Lake Recreation Area Mountain Bike

      trail: Yellow Loop
      10 |
      May 26, 2018 @ 11:04am
      May 26, 2018
      Yellow Loop, Novi
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      Recent Activity

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      user #1487853ItsJamieMcaddridelogSep 21, 2018 ride log and 2 more
      Sep 21, 2018 @ 3:48pm
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      Sep 19, 2018 @ 6:00pm
      2 days
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      Sep 18, 2018 @ 5:37pm
      Sep 18, 2018
      user #1277888smuelle2000addridelogSep 17, 2018 ride log
      Sep 17, 2018 @ 7:35pm
      Sep 17, 2018
      user #1548507NvrgvupaddridelogSep 16, 2018 ride log
      Sep 16, 2018 @ 8:10pm
      Sep 16, 2018
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      Nearby Riding Areas

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      Kensington Metropark4.2 km
      Brighton Recreation Area 6 5 16.2 km
      Proud Lake 2 47.3 km
      Milford Trail 1 17.6 km
      Highland Recreation Area 3 310.5 km
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