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There are 2 loops: "Torn Shirt" - Fairly technical, with a good amount of climbing. Some steep rutted downhills. Not too many rocks but several logs. I don't the name of the other loop, but it is a bit longer, and is less technical.
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Latitude
42.498554582418116
Longitude
-83.83821487426758
Trail Directions
From 23 take 36W (Whitmore Lake exit I think). Turn right on to Chilson Road. Make sure to stay on Chilson, it turns quite a bit(~5mi)! At park office turn right onto Bishop Lake Road. Follow to main park entrance which will be on your right side(~1.5mi). Park at beach access area.
Trail Length
"Torn Shirt" 6 mi, other loop 7.5 mi
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Brighton
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Review Date
September 30, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Joyota ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
More than I bargained for! Wow!

I'm still a newb to MTBing. I'd ridden some "moderately technical" trails that include the obligatory log piles, tight turns, and relatively steep climbs without issue, so I decided I wanted to step it up a notch and try Torn Shirt. I definitely misjudged how much of a notch I was jumping up by trying this trail. The descents are much steeper than I expected and on top of that there's plenty of roots, step ups, and drop-offs in the middle of said hills and many times offer no way around them. The vast majority of the steep hills (uphill and downhills alike) have a very loose surface. I nearly went OTB on several descents.

There are some banked turns where you pretty much have to hit them at a high rate of speed to catapult yourself up the ensuing hill just to even have a chance at climbing the hill without touching the ground. Also, I found a lot of the hills had sand pits at the base of them which only serves to slow you down just before starting your ascent or catch off guard at the end of your descent.

This trail is a chain buster, too! I busted mine 3.5 miles into the ride and since I forgot to grab my chain breaker or a spare chain, I had to make the 2 mile hike back to the trail head. BE WARNED, but holy crap is this trail fun and rewarding! Despite breaking my chain and having to make the long hike back, the 3 miles I was able to ride was a blast! I've found my nemesis and it is the Torn Shirt trail! It won the battle, but I shall win the war (someday)!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I've read multiple times that the Murray Lake trail in the same park is a less intense, difficult trail but it's longer and faster. I haven't tried it yet, but I will next time I'm in Brighton.



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Review Date
September 6, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Aaron LaCombe ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
A nice all around 5-point-something miles. The directions were written by someone who didn't particularly care if you found it. Use your Nav to get to the corner of Chilson and Bishop lake, then go EAST (away from the visible headquarters) for a mile or so until you see "Bishop lake COMPLEX". Turn right at the complex and you'll see signage from there. The first mile is beautiful, but not a real challenge. The next couple of miles offer steep uphills, rooted downhills, burms, logs... all kinds of good stuff. It finishes up a lot like it starts. At times you think "How the hell did sand even get here??" because it shows up in the middle of some rather sustained uphills where you'll wish it wasn't. One uphill sandy-root climb of doom I found nearly impossible on two wheels. It's like someone comes and churns it up every couple of days so it doesn't get pat down.

Recommended Route:
Finding the trailhead is most of the battle. Once you're there, there are signs every quarter mile.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Can't get enough of the Potowotomi.



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Review Date
July 9, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Brycedaddy ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Rode the Torn Shirt loop. WOW.

I look at this trail as that one one girl in the bar that is totally out of your league, but you don't realize it until you engage in a conversation with her... This is a real ass whooper of a trail and if you don't have some good rides under your belt, stay home or ride another trail. I believe this trail is about 70% uphill (at least it seems so) with a gazillion roots and many ruts, both on the ups and the downs...

I got chewed up and spit out and I cant wait to go again...



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Review Date
July 8, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: GOKART2 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I love this trail. Torn Shirt is short with a lot of technical climbs, mainly long and loose. Murray is a f-ing blast. Its fast, flowing, and just plain fun. There are some surprise turns that come up fast and some are sandy which makes it even more interesting. There are als some climbs that are technical, towards the end. I ride Torn Shirt, Murray, and the lost Loop (2 more miles of trail off the Murray loop). All in all its about 15 miles all together. This trail system has a great mix of fast, tight, technical climbs, sandy, loose rock, logs...everything. BUT... beware of the chipmonks. There are about 1000 of them trying to commit suicide every ride. I lived by Lakeshore Park/Novi Tree Farm and rode that a million times. That is a good trail, but this is way better.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Poto, Highland, Pontiac Lake, Lakeshore Park



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Review Date
June 3, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: MagentaMonster ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Both Torn SHirt and Murray Lake are awesome. Torn Shirt has some long climbs, but has a lot of fun downhills and is pretty technical. Murray Lake is fun, slightly longer and a little less intense.

Recommended Route:
Torn Shirt-Straight forward, just follow trail
Murray Lake- There you can go anywere from 5-9 miles. there is a turn around around mile 4. The lost loop adds about two miles and is a lot of fun, although it's kind of easy to get lost. I recommend taking the long loop + lost loop

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Poto, Island Lake, Maybury



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