The Glen Lake Gallop

Glen Arbor, Michigan

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Chippewa legend explains the massive sand dune on the northeast shore of Lake Michigan. A tremendous forest fire on the west coast of Lake Michigan drove a mother bear and her two cubs into the water, where they swam and swam. The mother reached the eastern shore and lay on a bluff, exhausted, waiting for her cubs. They couldn't reach the shore and drowned, forming the Manitou Islands. Where the mother lay waiting, now only a sand dune remains. And there the ride begins: the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. This ride offers sweeping vistas of Lake Michigan and Glen Lake, hills and curves, birches and pines, and a dune climb. Things to see: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Glen Lake, Dune Climb, town of Glen Arbor.
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by Pamela Stovall (The Globe Pequot Press)

Chippewa legend explains the massive sand dune on the northeast shore of Lake Michigan. A tremendous forest fire on the west coast of Lake Michigan drove a mother bear and her two cubs into the water, where they swam and swam. The mother reached the eastern shore and lay on a bluff, exhausted, waiting for her cubs.

They couldn't reach the shore and drowned, forming the Manitou Islands. Where the mother lay waiting, now only a sand dune remains. And there the ride begins: the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. This ride offers sweeping vistas of Lake Michigan and Glen Lake, hills and curves, birches and pines, and a dune climb. Things to see: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Glen Lake, Dune Climb, town of Glen Arbor.

©  Pamela Stovall/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Glen Arbor
Distance: 18.2
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Riding Time: 3 hours
Driving Directions: Directions to The Glen Lake Gallop

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