Trail System

Island Lake features over 30 miles of trails that provide an excellent opportunity to get closer to nature while enjoying your favorite forms of people powered travel.

  • Hickory Ridge Hike & Ski Trail
    • This trail was created through partnership with the Crossroads Group of the Sierra Club and was made possible by the generous support of REI and its employees, as well as the hundreds of volunteer hours given by members of the Friends, the Crossroads Group, and REI employees, members, and customers.
    • Trail Map – jpg, pdf, Brochure
    • As featured on REI’s Hiking Project
  • Multi-Use Trails (park map)
    • From a mountain bikers perspective, courtesy of REI’s MTB Project website
      • 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).
      • 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.
    • From a hiking perspective, courtesy of REI’s Hiking Project website.
  • Island Lake Pathway (content from Trail Link)
    • The Island Lake Pathway runs east–west through the densely-wooded landscape of the Island Lake Recreation Area southeast of Brighton. Although relatively short, the paved trail may prove a challenge to some, as it courses through hilly terrain.The Island Lake Recreation Area offers a shooting range, boating, swimming and cabins for rent. It is also adjacent to Kensington Metropark, allowing park visitors to take advantage of the many amenities there as well. In the north, the Island Lake Pathway continues into the popular park as the Kensington Metropark Trail, which encircles scenic Kent Lake. Alternatively, trail users can take the longer Huron Valley Trail east to Wixom or southeast to South Lyon.
  • Huron River Water Trail
    • The Huron River Water Trail is a 104-mile (167 km) inland paddling trail connecting people to the river’s natural environment, its history and the communities it touches in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.  From the rapids at Delhi and Dexter to the placid flat water at the entrance to Lake Erie, a variety of paddling experiences await you.  For kayaking, canoeing, fishing on a fly, and other freshwater pursuits, follow the Huron River Water Trail to learn what others already know – that Huron River is a Michigan treasure worth exploring.
    • Island Lake includes possibly the most beautiful and peaceful 8 miles of the HRWT.

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