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Island Lake Blue and Yellow Trail Loop

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Island Lake Recreation Area

Island Lake Blue and Yellow Trail Loop is a 12.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Brighton, Michigan that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 12.6 mi Elevation gain 518 ft Route type Loop
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Island State Park has two bike trails: blue (longer) and yellow (shorter). This is the yellow. Easy/ moderate difficulty. Quick & fun. Trail allows for a quick speed. Has a few log piles. Has some sandy parts. If its been raining a lot a small section will be flooded but it's not bad. Fees: Resident: $11 annual recreation passport. Non-resident: $9/daily, $31/per year

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Amanda Moen
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Hiking

Multiuse trail that ended up being 13.7 miles. There are a TON of bikers. There was a biker coming every 5 minutes or so. Not much to see for most of the trail, the trail does open up give some really nice views a mile or so into the yellow and blue loops. For hikers the trail will probably be more enjoyable in the late fall when bikers are less common.

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Henry Longhi
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Hiking

Beautiful trail, I’ll start with that. But please plan for a 16 mile hike. It’s not even close to 12.6 like the app says. So I ran out of water and food, which is my fault for not bringing extra but just prepare yourself for 16 miles. Not too many bikers but it’s a Monday.

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Jocelyn Devine
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Hiking

Awesome trails! So fun to walk by the lake. Very busy though

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Robyn K Watson
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Hiking

Nice trail. Heavily populated w intersecting trails = lots of people going many different ways, often heard loud music, parts of trail actually along the paved road. Even got flipped off by one lady by a lady in a car where trail crossed the road.

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Randy Hockey
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Hiking

Good hiking trail. Not too crowded.

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Jeffrey Passage
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Hiking

Was on the paved hiking trail and the weather was gorgeous. Things are close to blooming. The traffic noise wasn’t noticeable on this side of the park. Looks like a good place to bike too.

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Amy Goble
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Hiking

Great walk. Well marked, not too challenging. Beautiful scenery. Watch out for bikers.

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Carson Stassen
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sarah flatt
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Hiking

Awesome trail!!!! it would be nice to have a separate hiking and biking trail!!!

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Teresa Brown
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Mountain biking

One of my all time favorites. Easy access. Well maintained. A little bit of everything.

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Tamara T
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Hiking

Really liked this trail, but a lot of bikers. Some followed the trail sharing rules by announcing their approach (“two coming on the left”) which works great=exactly how it is supposed to work. However a lot of bikers sneak up without announcing their approach or making any noise. Hey bikers, lets make trail experience great for all by sharing the trail.

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Corinne Collin
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Hiking

13.6 miles of hiking fun

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Lizzle Schoenwitz
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Hiking

Great trail to hike but there were a lot of bikers, not enough benches, and it was 14 miles instead of 12.6. Would still do it again though!

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Norb Veit
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HikingMuddy

Nice trails, a bit noisy with the gravel pit to the south, I-96 to the north, M-23 to the west and Kensington Rd to the east. the hills are gentle for the most part.

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Bill Weber
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Mountain biking

These trails are super fun. Mostly easy climbs, a little technical in sections of single-track switchbacks, and the sand in sections requires some peddling. Beginner or expert, these trails can entertain anybody, except hikers. They are indeed multi-use, but the bikers really out number all others.

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Bob A.
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Hiking

beautiful land but far too many bikes to make for an enjoyable walk with the dogs. have to be on high alert 100% of the time watching for them around tight corners.

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Steven Misiura
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How long does this usually take to hike?

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Kathy Zaguroli
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Hiking

Nice trails year round

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Travis Smith
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Hiking

Island Lake Recreation Area is beautiful. Kayaking feels like you're up north (when you get out of distance of the shooting range anyway). Hiking is gorgeous with lots of elevation, sweeping views, and huge sand dunes to climb and go down. Who knew there were big sand dunes in SE Mich? For the best hike, park in the Spring Mill Pond parking lot and then find the bike/hike trails south and east of the parking lot. There's also an awesome little secluded pond you can swim in with sandy banks.

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Jordan Hicks
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Running

This is one of my favorite trails to train on. There is some great elevation as well as a few technical spots.

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Ali Daher
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I hike this trail . Today was really hot . I was able to 13.6 miles . I enjoy it . I didn't use the trail App to record all my activities .

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Kenneth Demers
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How are the trails today after yesterday's rain?

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Kenneth Demers
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Mountain biking

Nice trail for a beginner it has some challenges but if you have the stamina they're easily handled.

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Jennifer Zacharias
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My boyfriend and I did half of the blue trail last Saturday; would definitely go back to check out the rest of the trails! Also had a chance to view the meteor shower up on a hill overlooking Spring Mill Pond. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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David Hurley
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Mountain biking

Great trails. It's been a few years since we've been here and had forgotten what a great trail this is. It's a fast trail with plenty of straight always and a few fairly easy climbs. Awesome plase to come and spin your legs, also great place for beginners to experience the sport.

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Kenneth Demers
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Mountain biking

After transitioning from road to trails, I find my second visit not devoid of interesting challenges. I'm working through them with each visit but find difficult to master the long technical inclines. I look forward to each visit.

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Arron Clark
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Hiking

I hike the blue loop every so often ( i usually stick with the yellow because of time restraints). If anyone has hiked or biked the blue trail, have you seen the VW bug in the woods? I am trying to get a history of that car and how it got there. if you have any info please let me know. Thank you.

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Michael Kloeckner
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Mountain biking

I Like the Yellow Trail because it is less technical then Maybury State Park Mt Bike Trail, and it feels like a faster ride.

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Steve Penkevich
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Running

Great trail. Not as technical as Poto but a great variety of terrain. Great water at the trail head parking.

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Vahid Lotfi
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Mountain biking

For those interested in mountain biking, Island Lake offers 2 trails: Blue Trail at 9.5 miles and Yellow Trail at 5.6 miles. Both trails difficulties are about the same, they are moderate and not too difficult. My wife has just started mountain biking and the two of us did the Blue one in 1 hour and 25 minutes. I then did the Yellow one in 45 minutes. There are only a few difficult parts. The trail is simply gorgeous, going though wooded areas with many waterways. You can see one of the lakes from one part. There are pit toilets at the entrance to the trails. The only negative about both trails are that not all turns have signs. They are actually somewhat confusing in a couple of areas where you have to travel on the park road and then get back on the trail. I highly recommend having the Alltrails app on your iPhone. I used it a couple of times to get back on the trail.

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