Cherry Blossom Cruise

Alden, Michigan

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If ever there was proof positive of the ability of nature's beauty to buoy the human spirit, it's during blossom time in spring. On the hills overlooking Grand Traverse Bay, this is when the orchards are blankets of pink cherry blossoms. The peak comes in mid-May, and on the third weekend of the month of the Northwest Michigan Child Guidance Center hosts its annual Cherry Blossom Pedal Bike Tour, with routes of 15, 50, and 72 miles. In the days when it was a port for transshipping lumber and iron, Elk Rapids was larger than nearby Traverse City, but you'll be glad that time passed it by and left the surroundings free from sprawl. Its natural harbor is a perfect spot for the Municipal Park, with its swimming beach and picnic area. From there the route heads south of town to the 200-foot orchard-covered hills and views of Grand Traverse Bay to the west and Elk Lake to the east.
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by Phil Van Valkenburg (The Globe Pequot Press)

If ever there was proof positive of the ability of nature's beauty to buoy the human spirit, it's during blossom time in spring. On the hills overlooking Grand Traverse Bay, this is when the orchards are blankets of pink cherry blossoms. The peak comes in mid-May, and on the third weekend of the month of the Northwest Michigan Child Guidance Center hosts its annual Cherry Blossom Pedal Bike Tour, with routes of 15, 50, and 72 miles.

In the days when it was a port for transshipping lumber and iron, Elk Rapids was larger than nearby Traverse City, but you'll be glad that time passed it by and left the surroundings free from sprawl. Its natural harbor is a perfect spot for the Municipal Park, with its swimming beach and picnic area. From there the route heads south of town to the 200-foot orchard-covered hills and views of Grand Traverse Bay to the west and Elk Lake to the east.

©  Phil Van Valkenburg/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Alden
Distance: 56.9
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Local Contacts: Cherry Blossom Pedal Bike Tour 616-947-2255 / Traverse City Chamber of Commerce 616-947-5075
Driving Directions: Directions to Cherry Blossom Cruise

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