April 25, 2019
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.