September 16: Leelanau Harvest Tour
The Leelanau Harvest Tour is a great biking adventure for both families and single riders as the fall colors begin to show and apple trees are laden with fruit. Leaving from the Suttons Bay High School, routes of approximately 20, 40, 65, and 100 miles wind throughout beautiful Leelanau County on excellent paved roads passing by farms, orchards, vineyards, dunes, and through quaint villages. So come, ride, relax, and enjoy all that this beautiful peninsula has to offer.
September 21: North South Higgins Lake Trail Connector Opening Ceremony
Join the Michigan DNR and local community supporters for a brief ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the first of many new segments of the Iron Belle Trail- Bicycle Route. This two mile trail segment is part of a historic plan by the surrounding community for a safe accessible trail through North Higgins Lake State Park and the Ralph A. MacMullen Conference Center. No registration is required. Participants should park in the day-use area and meet just east of the park’s main entrance. For more information please call the park.
September 22-24: Lake to Lake Tour
With the completion of the North Western State Trail in 2016, the possibility of traveling from one Great Lake to another on a series of rail trails became a reality. Included in the tour cost is transportation to Alpena, day-to-day transport of any gear you don’t carry on your bike, SAG support, and volunteer riders to assure you a safe and enjoyable ride. Lodging will also be included. Meals included in the registration price will be dinner on Friday and breakfast and dinner on Saturday. The total number of riders, exclusive of volunteers, will not exceed 25. The cost for the tour is $425.
September 23: Tour de Ville
The Tour de Ville benefit bike ride is a family oriented event and not a race. All routes beginning and ending in Historic Northville at The Village Workshop. Our routes include a 10 mile ride that travels exclusively along the historic Edward Hines Drive. We also have a 34 mile route and a 53 mile route (for the seasoned riders) both also starting at The Village Workshop.
September 23: Marji Gesick 100
The Marji Gesick 100 is a premier mountain bike race featuring over 12,000 feet of vertical climb, mostly singletrack trails. Elite athletes from around the country are signing up to challenge themselves to this masochistic ride. No prize purse for the winner on this one. Racers who finish in under a certain time receive a hand forged belt buckle at the finish line. Race legend Tinker Juarez will return to defend his 2016 win in the 100 mile Mountain Bike.
September 23: Celebrate North Country National Scenic Trail Day
Join the Peter Wolfe Chapter (PWC) of the North Country Trail for a hike in the beautiful Trap Hills, along the Norwich Ridge, south of Ontonagon in the Ottawa National Forest at 2:30 Eastern time. Mark Roberts will lead the 4.5 mile hilly hike of PWC Segment 10 along with beautiful cliff views.
Bring water, snack, sturdy boots, hiking pole, and your camera. If you are doing the North Country Trail 100 Mile Challenge, this hike will add 3.3 miles towards your goal, and then there is about a mile of access trail.
September 23: Bear Claw Epic Mountain Bike Race
In an attempt to promote active lifestyles, the sport of mountain biking, and the Cadillac community, we are organizing a mountain bike race in the Cadillac area. Our goal is to build a sustainable race that will become an attraction for the area, bringing riders and spectators back year after year! ALL Proceeds from the race go directly towards the maintenance, preservation, and improvement of the Cadillac Pathway.
September 24: Tour de Ile
Tour de Ile is a bicycle tour on scenic Grosse Ile during the Paint the Town Red Homecoming Celebration. The 16 mile route features landmarks on the island, with optional miles that expand into the downriver Metro Parks.
September 23: Harvest Hike on the White Pine Trail
Celebrate Michigan Trails Week by coming to the 5th Annual Harvest Hike. Enjoy a short, easy, self-guided walk along a paved section of the trail lit by creatively decorated luminaries. Meet at the trail head on 44 road. The hike is a ½ mile down to the tunnel and ½ mile back. This is sure to be a great time for your whole family. Rain or shine! For more information please call William Mitchell State Park.
September 30: Marquette Mountain Bike Endurro
Endurro is the ultimate mountain bike race. It starts with a casual climb to the top with your buddies, and a timed run on the way down. There are several stages of ranging difficulty and length in which you can test your skills. The lowest combined time of these mostly downhill stages wins! There will be a set time in which you must complete all of the stages. Bring everything you would on a normal trail ride lasting a few hours, water, food, tools, etc.
September 30: Little Traverse Half Marathon and 10K
Join us for the fifth annual Little Traverse Half Marathon and 10K– a point-to-point adventure like no other around Little Traverse Bay. What sets this race apart? An incredible course (FAST, flat and fun) with big-race logistics and a small-town feel.
September 30: Bike Your Park Day, National Event
Bike Your Park Day encourages people to explore urban and rural parks and public lands by bicycle whether it’s on paved roads, paths, or mountain bike trails. Bike Your Park Day is on the same day as National Public Lands Day and many parks will offer free entrance and will organize special activities and service projects.
People who want to participate in Bike Your Park Day can design their own ride — any distance, any style of bicycling, and any type of park or public land that is open to bicycling. Participants register their ride for free at BikeYourParkDay.org, and an interactive map displays all of the rides taking place. Everyone who registers by September 18 will be entered to win a bike from Advocate Cycles and an Amtrak trip for two, with bikes, to Glacier National Park.
October 1: Trail Towns Tour, South Lyon
Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance presents a fall color bicycle tour of the trail towns of South Lyon, Wixom and Milford on this 30-35 mile ride. This interconnected trail network in Southwest Oakland County is a combination of paved trails, dirt roads and an option of undeveloped trails, including:
- South Lyon Trail System
- Island Lake Recreation Area
- Kensington Metro Park
- Milford Trail
- Huron Valley Trail
- Optional 22 additional paved miles inside Kensington Metro Park and Island Lake Recreation Area.
After the bicycle ride, join us for a complimentary soft drink or beer at Witches Hat Brewing Company.
October 15: A New Era For Michigan Trails–Taking the Next Step
Join the Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance Board of Directors and our new executive director Bob Wilson for our Annual Meeting at Kensington Metropark’s Nature Center. Presentations by Senator Margaret O’Brien, Kalamazoo and Senator Rebekah Warren, Ann Arbor. A optional morning hike is encouraged. The event runs from 10:30am until 3:00pm and includes lunch. Space is limited.
November 11: Dirty Duel Trail Race, Provin Trails, Grand Rapids
(along with Robinette’s Apple Haus trails)
Join over 700 racers who will split off right after the start in a dueling dash back to the finish in only trail race in the United States that offers racers a choice of courses, Short & Brutal 5K or Long & Difficult 6K. Depending on the course chosen, you will face a sand dune, cornfield/maze, and off-trail sections. Free donuts, cider, and apples after the race.
More Events Coming Soon…
Every week, great things are happening on Michigan trails. Just look at some of the activities you can do yourself or in a group:
- Ride the trails.
- Take a stroll.
- Walk your dog.
- Run a 5K race or a 100K race.
- Join a day long organized ride or an after work peddle for ice cream.
- Join a strolling photography class.
- Get together with local birdwatchers.
- Connect with a walking exercise group.
- Take a tour of historic trail sites.
- Take a bicycle vacation.