Lake Leelanau riding options?

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Lake Leelanau riding options?

Postby gtrowbridge » August 6th, 2014, 9:00 am

Family vaca on Lake Leelanau in a few weeks.
I don't know this area very well.
Looking to do some exploring on bikes with the fam as well as some single track.
All bike path/trails acceptable as we have different levels of skills.

Options?
I only see Lake Ann and VASA in the trail guide for dirt. (clearly some time on the VASA in prep for Iceman is to be had)
Any other dirt trails?
Blacktop/rail trails?

Thanks!
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Re: Lake Leelanau riding options?

Postby Sortaslow » August 6th, 2014, 9:26 am

Betsie River Pathway. Despite its name it's single track dirt and also connects to Crystal Mt. trails.

Arcadia near Frankfort. Fantastic.
Glacial Hills in Bellaire. Fantastic.

Paved/gravel: Betsie River trail.

Also check here : http://www.cherrycapitalcyclingclub.org/content.aspx?page_id=86&club_id=87045

Have fun. I'm jealous.
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Re: Lake Leelanau riding options?

Postby gtrowbridge » August 6th, 2014, 10:00 am

Sortaslow wrote:Betsie River Pathway. Despite its name it's single track dirt and also connects to Crystal Mt. trails.

Arcadia near Frankfort. Fantastic.
Glacial Hills in Bellaire. Fantastic.

Paved/gravel: Betsie River trail.

Also check here : http://www.cherrycapitalcyclingclub.org/content.aspx?page_id=86&club_id=87045

Have fun. I'm jealous.


Thanks.
Easy on the Jealousy.
Not like I'm going to Cu Harbor or anything like that. :lol:
Maybe next year. <sigh>
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Re: Lake Leelanau riding options?

Postby Sortaslow » August 6th, 2014, 10:22 am

gtrowbridge wrote:
Sortaslow wrote:Betsie River Pathway. Despite its name it's single track dirt and also connects to Crystal Mt. trails.

Arcadia near Frankfort. Fantastic.
Glacial Hills in Bellaire. Fantastic.

Paved/gravel: Betsie River trail.

Also check here : http://www.cherrycapitalcyclingclub.org/content.aspx?page_id=86&club_id=87045

Have fun. I'm jealous.


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Easy on the Jealousy.
Not like I'm going to Cu Harbor or anything like that. :lol:
Maybe next year. <sigh>

I'll take this area over ch anytime.
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Re: Lake Leelanau riding options?

Postby sisu » August 6th, 2014, 12:01 pm

The road riding there is where it's at. I don't think there is legal singletrack in that county. Beach riding if you have a fat bike. Two track and dirt road exploration in Sleeping Bear and the area east of Glen Lake. See if there is access to SugarLoaf and take a pic from the top of Awful Awful for us.


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Re: Lake Leelanau riding options?

Postby sisu » August 6th, 2014, 12:11 pm

Or better yet, get some gopro footage:

http://youtu.be/0-Z-BEjLgdE


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Re: Lake Leelanau riding options?

Postby SteveF » August 6th, 2014, 12:35 pm

The new Sleeping Bear Heritage trail is newly paved and super fun and scenic. Connects Empire and Glen Arbor. Crosses the entrance to the Pierce Stocking drive if you want some real hills. (the trail itself has some steep little climbs/descents too!) The Leelanau trail from TC to Sutton's bay is nice too-just paved a year or two ago. It also connects to the TART trail in TC for some longer miles if desired. We rode from the TC State Park campground to Sutton's Bay and back for 40+ miles. Old Mission Point loop is a classic road bike route. Lots of good road riding up there.
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Re: Lake Leelanau riding options?

Postby oogs » August 6th, 2014, 3:49 pm

I was up in the area recently. Arcadia Hills is pretty fun and has a nice flow to it. The Sleeping Bear Heritage trail is also pretty fun, and will be even better once complete. If you go to the VASA track, make sure you ride the single track and not the 2-track (for cross country skiing), it makes a world of difference.
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