We experienced another Pure Michigan bike trail this week. The Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail just opened last year. It is about 4 miles long and there are plans to extend it 23 more miles in the near future.
Our ride took us from the Dune climb 2 miles south of Glen Haven to just past Glen Arbor.
The first leg of the ride quickly leads from the stark beauty of the massive dunes into a cool forested area. It is a fairly easy ride. There is some elevation change, but nothing a single-speed can't handle.
I was surprised to see so many people walking the trail. I think the foot traffic comes from the near by camp grounds. Campers hike to the dune climb via the bike trail. The combination of the hikers and bikers made for a lively ride at this point.
Two miles into the trail we came upon Glen Haven. The entire village is a museum now. Its history encompasses the lumber industry, shipping, orchards, canning, and even recreation. Mr. D.H. Day was a founding character and instrumental in the town's success. His name is well known throughout the area. Of course, the crown jewel of Glen Haven is its beautiful beach on Lake Michigan.
As we left Glen Haven we rode through a campground with a few paths leading to the beach. So we parked our bikes for a moment and walked through the trees to the water. The forested beach was striking.
The path got a little confusing after the campground. It hit a road at one point, which meant we were sharing the road with cars for about 200 yards.
We crossed M-109 and headed onto a very peaceful path. Here we met very little bike or pedestrian traffic.
We found the end of the trail at a parking area on M-22. It's very convenient and well placed.
The beach at the end of M-22 was worth the ride even if it was too cold to swim.
We hoped to enjoy lunch at Art's Tavern. Unfortunately, it had a very long wait. We tried out Boone Dock's instead and found out why they did not have a wait. The meal was just OK and it didn't hold a candle to Art's Tavern. Next time we will wait.