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Create your own self-supported adventure! Remember to pack basic tools, tubes, chain parts, plenty of water, snacks and other other neccessities you may need while out on the trail. While the Mountain Bike Patrol will be around to assist with mechanical failures and medical issues, all riders should be prepared to support themselves while out in the wilderness!
Kensington Metropark is accessible by paved path 3.5 miles from Downtown Milford. Once inside the park, there are approximately 10 miles of paved path. This pathway also connects to the paved path within Island Lake Recreation area. Note: There will be a triathlon during the morning which will utilize the Island Lake paved path as well as the south end of Kensington Metropark. Please yield to racers (and feel free to cheer them on!).
Milford Trail (paved) is a great option for those looking for a short ride. The northern terminus is at the Milford YMCA parking lot. From there it is 1.3 miles to GM road, then parallels GM road for 3/4 of a mile before crossing into Kensington Metropark boundary. Two miles further will get you to Dairy
Queen, Holden's Deli, and Bakers. Not to be confused with Milford Mountain Bike trail off of Janowski field (which intersects the paved path).
Looking for a self-guided tour? Take the Milford paved path to Kensington Metropark and loop around the scenic Kent Lake for a leisurely 20-mile route. Shorten it up by turning around at any time. For a bonus, take the paved path entrance to Island Lake and check out the triathalon that will be underway!
Milford Mountain Bike Trail - Your closest option to all the festival action! Approximately 6 miles in length and intersects the paved Milford Trail multiple times. Tight, twisty, intermediate level singletrack that will begin to test your technical prowess but still provides enough flow to add some fun factor.
Proud Lake Recreation Area - Accessible from Garden Rd or the Kensington Connector. Trails are shared use with equestrians. Loose and sandy in spots, simple in nature but plenty of manageable climbs to get your heart rate up! Trail system has 4 loops that total approximately 10 miles, and gets you to the Kensington Connector. While not terribly technical, the difficulty will be in the climbs (and they call loop 3 the "loop of pain" for a reason!).
Kensington Connector - Connects Proud Lake from loop 4 to the east side of Kensington Metropark from Old Plank Rd to Milford Rd. 2 miles of simple singletrack gets you between two major park systems without having to leave a bike path! Not shared with equestrians; bikers and hikers only. Two-way
traffic is present on this trail. (Pro-tip: West bound is the fun way!)
Island Lake - A singletrack highway that entertains beginners to advanced riders alike. Lots of flow, speed if you want it, nothing too technical but expect some climbs. 15 miles total contains two loops: Blue (beginner - 9 miles) and Yellow (Intermediate - 6 miles). While you are welcome to make the drive, it is a 10 mile paved path ride over from Downtown Milford to the trailhead for those trying to put some extra miles in the bank.
Hickory Glen - Tight and twisty, but not a lot of elevation so beginners will find this trail manageable at slower speeds. Great opportunity for advanced riders to test their handling skills at higher speeds! Approximately 6 miles in length, Hickory Glen is accessible from Proud Lake via the paved Lakes Community trail (approximately 3 miles away). It is possible to reach this trail from Milford without riding on any roads thanks to these great pathways!
Highland Recreation Area - This trail is great for experienced mountain bikers who want to push their limits. This trail has it all. Expect a lot of twists and turns, elevation, roots, and rocks, and depending on your pain tolerance... lots of smiles! The entire system is 16 miles in length, but thanks to shortcuts and 4 loop options, one can attempt just a few miles without having to commit the entire day to exploring this trail system. This is accessible from Main St Grill via 3-4.5 miles of dirt roads, depending on where you cut into the trail.
Not sure where to start? Check out our Guided Rides to explore the trails with seasoned leaders and other cyclists. If you're more into a self-guided ethos, you can check out some route-starters we put together for you:
And if if just can't choose, then maybe the 100-mile Challenge is for you!