Island Lake Recreation Area - Blue & Yellow Loops

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14.5 Miles 23.4 Kilometers



613' 187 m


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925' 282 m


866' 264 m



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Great southeastern Michigan trails. Perfect for beginners and fun for more advanced riders.

Loren Konkus


Entry Fees: Resident: $11 annual recreation passport. Non-resident: $9/daily, $31/annual
A popular trail system for beginners, but entertaining for advanced riders as well. This system was reestablished through extensive work by the Motor City Mountain Bike Association (an IMBA chapter).


From the trailhead, riders can chose from two trails, each with their own character.

The Blue Loop, 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 Loop, 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.

Both trails cross park roads; please exercise caution at these crossings.


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Big tree on Blue before 5 mile halfway up the hill

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All Clear 87 days ago
Mostly Dry, Fallen Trees - One downed tree on the yellow loop and a couple of small puddles on both the yellow and blue trail.
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I've been riding these trails since 1998 as they are both interesting and a bit challenging, well maintained and reasonably close to home. With nearly 15 miles of trail, even when the trailhead parking lot is full you don't get that freeway at rush hour feeling. A great place to learn... a great place to ride :) May 17, 2017

Blue Trail takes you through a nice array of scenery of forest to some sandy/gravely dunes. Fairly easy trail with only 6 climbs that may be too much for beginners or someone out of shape. The downhill sections are fairly tame with just a couple areas where you get high speeds. Nice switch back turns in the last mile. Great trail for testing a new bike or testing new bike parts. Jun 24, 2017

Yellow Trail is similar to Blue trail only without the dunes and more hillsides and river scenery. The trail has more uphill and downhill sections and they are steeper compared to the blue trail. There are less switchback turns than to blue trail as well. The trail is a couple levels higher than the blue trail on the technical difficulty and on the stamina requirements. It will drain you more. Jun 24, 2017

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