Climbing in Kzoo

Starting Point: Kal Haven Trail parking lot on 6th St.,  west of Kalamazoo Distance: 23 miles Elevation Gain: 1,100 MapMyRide Route 6th St. Hills Cue Sheet It doesn’t take much searching through southwest Michigan cycling forums to discover that 6th Street in Kalamazoo Township offers the biggest hill for road cyclists in the vicinity. Even 20 miles east, at […]

Falling Waters Trail

Starting Point: Teft Road Trailhead (directions below)* Distance: 9, 13, or 22 miles Elevation Gain: negligible MapMyRide Route The Falling Waters Trail is emblematic of so much in Michigan: beautiful on the surface, with just a soupçon of industrial ruin beneath. Yet it’s well worth an outing, whether you want to do just a portion of it with […]

Gull Lake Loop

Start Location: Ross Township Park Distance: 12 miles Elevation Gain: 300 feet MapMyRide Route Gull Lake Loop Cue Sheet I decided to ride around Gull Lake on a lark after doing a bunch of hills to the south. From its south end, the lake looked small, although the number of boats docked at the marinas should have been […]

Kent Lake

Start Location: High Ridge Rd. parking lot, Kensington MetroPark Distance: up to 9 miles Elevation Gain: up to 350 feet MapMyRide Route Kent Lake Cue Sheet I was surprised by the number of hills on this short jaunt around Kent Lake in South Lyon/Milford. The paved Kensington Metropark Hike-Bike Trail encircling the lake climbs 350 feet in […]

Lansing River Trail

Start Location: Hawk Island Park, Lansing Distance: as short as you want, up to 25 miles MapMyRide Route This is the first post in the series, “Best Family Rides of Mid-Michigan.” And what better place to begin than the Lansing River Trail? With a splash zone, a historic swimming pool, playgrounds, lakes, paddling, fishing, Potter Park Zoo, […]

You Don’t Have to Go Up North to Find a Tunnel of Trees

Distance: 27.5 miles Elevation Gain: 450 feet Start Location: Mason Courthouse Square MapMyRide Route Mason-Dansville Cue Sheet Mid-Michigan is known for its flat farmland, but we do have some pretty scenery, especially where roads pass near rivers, lakes, and state recreation lands. We even have roads overhung by canopies of oaks and maples so we can feel like […]

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