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Level: Beginner
Length: 13 mi (20.9 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +415/ -373 ft
Total: 350 riders

Mountain Biking Island Lake

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#24 of 319 mountain bike trails in Michigan
#898 in the world

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.

First added by alvin.santoy on Jan 1, 2003. Last updated May 10, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: yes
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Take I-96 west to Kensington Road (exit 151). Exit South onto Kensington Road. Pass the light at Grand River and the park entrance is 1/4 mile on left. Turn right after the entrance booth and proceed to "Trailhead Parking Lot" on right. Follow the road to the parking area.

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Rider questions

Q: How long on average would it take to complete the yellow loop?
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.

Q: I understand that the Yellow Trail is also shared hikers... which direction/way around should the bicyclists go and which way should the walkers go?