Island Lake

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.05 out of 5
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Beginner
13.0
miles

Singletrack
↑ 1,400 ft
↓ 1,200 ft

Loop
1:29
avg time
Trail Description
About this trail
One-way, closed-loop, singletrack that can be ridden all in one shot or divided between two loops. Terrain is mostly flat through gentle rolling grasslands with some medium length gradual climbs. While weekends are very crowded (50 cars parked) the trails are almost completely empty during the week (3-5 cars) except for evenings in the Fall. More experienced riders will find these trails a great place to spin all out. Some can finish all 13 miles in less than 45 minutes. The yellow trail is more technical, but not overly challenging. The Blue trail is mostly flat with a couple of hills that can catch you off guard. There are some nice downhills and uphills. These trails are a great place to introduce a beginner to the sport of Mountain Biking. Experts will find it mildly entertaining. Good intermediate level trail.
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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: How long on average would it take to complete the yellow loop? -jhull56

A: under 20 minutes if you're a rocket, to 45 if you're in no rush. It's a mildly technical 6-mile loop with about 300 feet of climbing, so budget for that.

Mitchell Duncan answered on June 4, 2018. Did you find this helpful? Yes | No

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Q: Would this trail be doable for a beginner with a Trek 820? -MSHaggard

A: Yes!

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Reviews (38)
 

Trailblazer


September 27, 2019
 
Review: Great beginer trail and still pretty fun for advanced riders. The trail is a bit sandy and washed out though.

Similar Trail: Dte green loop meets brighton rec area




Gramcounter

April 25, 2019
labrodent Gramcounter  
 
Review: First let me state I am a beginner rider, who has led a sedentary lifestyle for 13 years and has taken up MTBing to get fit. With that said, keep that in mind while reading my review. There is 2 trails at Island Lake Rec. The Yellow trail, 9KM or 6 Miles is a lot of bang for the buck. There are a good amount of climbs, with awesome decents as rewards. It wasn't too difficult skill wise. Nothing that freaked me out. The blue loop is 17km or 10 miles long. It's like the yellow loop with less climbs, and alot of flat riding. I found it a bit boring at times. Also the blue loop intersects the road, and the trail follows the road a ways until it jumps back in the woods. I found these 'intersections' poorly marked. You come to the road, and there's nothing to tell you whether to go left or right, and I missed a few 're-entry points' because they were poorly marked. There is also sand or pea gravel at the bottom of some decents, which makes for some treacherous conditions. I still give this Rec Area a 4 out of 5 because even though there are bad points, the good points far out weigh them. The scenery is very pleasant, and there is benches along the trail, usually at the top of a climb for those (like me) that need a pit stop. FYI the 'get directions' link here takes you to the wrong park.




Granny Gear

May 29, 2018
Mikeyninja Granny Gear  
 
Review: Great trail system well maintained.




Granny Gear

May 11, 2018
Woody1974 Granny Gear  
 
Review: Rode for the 1st time ever (5.8.18) and enjoyed both loops. As a newbie to MTB I was happy that neither loop was too difficult at all. Well taken care of and a good flow. I will be back ????




Trailblazer


September 14, 2017
JayB119 Trailblazer  
 
Review: Good beginner trail. Nothing is too difficult on the trail. Fairly spread out, so you don't have someone always riding up on you. Yellow Loop (6 miles) - This loop is shorter and a little more technical. More up hill and downhill. I find this more entertaining than the blue loop. Blue Loop (9.2 miles) - It seems that most people ride this loop. Fairly flat except in two sections. Good for cardio and building endurance.




Granny Gear

June 27, 2017
George B Granny Gear  
 
Review: Blue loop is in perfect condition, fast rolling and really no technical features. Sand in spots. Yellow trail is similar, just has some longer ascents. You can gain good speed on both loops.

Similar Trail: Appleton (Brighton State)




Granny Gear

May 16, 2017
swankee21 Granny Gear  
 
Review: This was my first mountain biking ride ever, and I found the yellow trail very enjoyable! Some of the steeper uphills were a challenge to get up in one go, and I got very close to losing control going down some of the steeper slopes a few times. But, I would agree with other people that say it seems very well suited for a beginner like myself.




Gramcounter

April 25, 2017
Joey B Gramcounter  
 
Review: Best beginner mountain bike trail in SE Michigan. This is the perfect place to bring someone just trying to get into mountain biking, and not scare them away, but give them a couple of challenges along the way. Brought my wife out for her first ever mountain bike ride and she loved it. We also bring a group of students on a wilderness course here yearly, most of which who have never ridden before, and they tend to love it. Lots of speed and flow, with a couple small climbs and obstacles here and there. A great trail, fun for everyone no matter your skill level.

Similar Trail: Novi Tree Farm




Gramcounter

April 18, 2017
MikeyO Gramcounter  
 
Review: Blue Trail review (I did not ride the Yellow trail yet). Great Intermediate Trail! I only say intermediate because there are about 5 short 30-40 ft. hills with some roots that are beyond the beginner skill and one 100 ft. climb towards the end that is full of roots. But other than these spots it is a fun trail with great speed. The views are spectacular as you ride along some creeks, ponds and the ridge line. The markers need to be updated as a few spots were unclear as to direction. About 7 miles in there was a 4-way spot with no sign Turn right! Luckily another rider new his stuff and we asked him as he passed. I love the width of the trail in general about 2-3 ft. on average, but there are some tight squeezes between trees occasionally, a very natural feel. Last, there are some small stints on the road for a few hundred ft. Not enough to wear down the knobbies. 9/16/17 Updated: Yellow Trail Review - Although shorter the yellow trail is more fun. I liked that it flows nicely along the river. It does seem to have more ups and downs but is very much shorter in distance. Again, I will say that with some of the root filled climbs it may be difficult for a newbie, but you need to start somewhere. The one thing I do NOT like about this trail is after the beginning descent you turn right at the bottom and at this point you are now going opposite the Blue trail (oncoming traffic) which is not bad on the flat section, but right when you cross the river you are going up the hill where blue trail folks want to be flying downhill at you. I hope someone changes this, very dangerous and confusing, but half way up you split to the right (NO signage) and you are good to go. In fact, if you were riding the blue loop. This is the area you can switch to the yellow and finish out that way with a few extra miles.




Gramcounter

January 4, 2017
 
Review: Love this trail. Nice climbs, great down hill areas, some fast straights. Very much a beginner / intermediate trail but is around 13 miles... the yellow loop will put your endurance to a test.



Island Lake MTB Trail 4.05 out of 5 based on 38 ratings. 38 user reviews.
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