Brighton Rec Area

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Intermediate
23.0
miles

Singletrack
↑ 1,100 ft
↓ 1,000 ft
920
elevation (ft)

Loop
Trail Description
About this trail
There are four loops, including Torn Shirt and Murray Lake. Murray Lake is the easier of the two and is total of 9.2 miles in length. There are tight singletracks as well as fast sections. I would recommend for the beginner to intermediate riders. You can even cut the loop by 2 miles by forgoing the Lost Loop at the 2.7 mile marker. Torn Shirt is about 6 miles in length and is little bit more technical. Both loops start and return at the same parking area.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: Are the trails one way? -Guest

A: Yes.

Ilya Redkozubov answered on March 3, 2017. Did you find this helpful? Yes | No

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Q: Are the trails completely unpaved ? -Guest

A: The mountain bike trails are completely unpaved.

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Reviews (37)
 

Bunny Hop

June 20, 2018
 
Review: Tons of trails here. Torn Shirt, Murray/Lost/Found/Ralphs, and Appleton/Appleton North. Torn Shirt is the jam, great turns, rooty downhills, a couple of good climbs, and generally really tight singletrack with some great flow. Murray is similar but a little easier in my opinion, still great fun though. Appleton is a better version of Island Lake, it's just a quick 2 mile warm up ride, while Appleton North adds another 2 or so miles, has a few fun sections in it but nothing hard. Overall, there is about 23~ miles of great riding here!

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Gramcounter

September 8, 2017
davdordun Gramcounter  
 
Review: This is just for the Torn shirt portion. The first half has some really hard steep climbs. The second half is more flowy. Pretty narrow in a few spots and some tight turns. Was expecting to see more log piles and maybe at least one skinny.

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Gramcounter

August 15, 2017
 
Review: Really nice trails. Make sure to brush off your tires before you go biking elsewhere, as there were quite a few invasive species on the trail.

Similar Trail: Like Potawatomi Trails, but better

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Bunny Hop

July 29, 2017
Hartwood Bunny Hop  
 
Review: First time on Murray Lake and the Lost trail today. Lots of fun and fast flow especially in the shady woods. Some rooty steep climbs but not too bad if you keep momentum. The open areas have weeds and brush that obscure the trails in summer. Good advanced beginner and intermediate trail. About 12 miles long.

Similar Trail: Island Lake Yellow

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Granny Gear

July 11, 2017
Steggy2017 Granny Gear  
 
Review: Tried the Murray Lake Trail, nicely groomed and signage was excellent. Good amount of roots and rocks to make it a bit of a challenge but not too technical.

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Doubletrack


June 11, 2017
PhatPedals Doubletrack  
 
Review: Murray Lake is sweet pure singletrack with lots of great ups and downs and tight trees. Torn Shirt has about 5 long challenging climbs before it opens up to a fun flowy section. Both are great trails for intermediate-advanced riders.

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Bunny Hop

June 7, 2017
HOLLYWOOD$ Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Love love love!

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Gramcounter

April 25, 2017
Joey B Gramcounter  
 
Review: Great intermediate trail. Moderately technical roots/rocks throughout the course, also with a good amount of speed and flow. I unfortunately didn't get to ride the torn shirt loop, as I didn't get there until late and the sun was setting. Feels similar to pontiac lake. Lots of fun.

Similar Trail: Pontiac

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Granny Gear

April 20, 2017
jcrabtree Granny Gear  
 
Review: Brighton Rec has some of my favorite trails in Southeast Michigan. As other reviewers have stated, there are numerous trails here all ranging in difficulty. Highly recommend riding every trail here. Fast flow, technical sections, fun drops, brutal climbs, amazing nature scenery, and over 20 miles of trails; trust me, you won't be disappointed.

Similar Trail: Poto/Pontiac

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Gnarly

April 12, 2017
Karter59 Gnarly  
 
Review: Great trail system. Murray lake is now up to 13 mi long if u do the extra what and lost/found loops. Torn shirt has been lengthened to 7.6 mi and a new trail called the Appleton loop has been added. It's a short easy trail about 2.2 mi. It's good as a warm up or cool down or for a good sprint.

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