Tunnel of Trees Cruise

Petoskey, Michigan

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The Tunnel of Trees is an 18-mile stretch of blufftop state highway overlooking Lake Michigan. This section of Michigan Highway 119, as it is more practically known, is designated as a state Heritage Route for its scenic beauty. In terms of biking, it is one of Michigan's and the Midwest's best-known rides. The ride begins just south of Harbor Springs, a town whose huge summer cottages, in the exclusive associations along Little Traverse Bay are a Midwestern version of Newport, Rhode Island. Once out of Harbor Springs, however, you?ll be in rural territory. There's a 4-mile stretch of hills mid-ride, between Harbor Springs and the Tunnel of Trees. As the route is out and back once it reaches the Tunnel, riders can choose to increase or decrease the distance. Riding at least to Good Hart is recommended. Terrain: Flat to start. Four-mile section of hills outside Harbor Springs. One of the tougher cruises in this book. Small rollers on the Tunnel of Trees.
Road Biking Michigan

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Road Biking Michigan

by Cari Noga (Falcon Guides)

The Tunnel of Trees is an 18-mile stretch of blufftop state highway overlooking Lake Michigan. This section of Michigan Highway 119, as it is more practically known, is designated as a state Heritage Route for its scenic beauty. In terms of biking, it is one of Michigan's and the Midwest's best-known rides. The ride begins just south of Harbor Springs, a town whose huge summer cottages, in the exclusive associations along Little Traverse Bay are a Midwestern version of Newport, Rhode Island. Once out of Harbor Springs, however, you?ll be in rural territory.

There's a 4-mile stretch of hills mid-ride, between Harbor Springs and the Tunnel of Trees. As the route is out and back once it reaches the Tunnel, riders can choose to increase or decrease the distance. Riding at least to Good Hart is recommended. Terrain: Flat to start. Four-mile section of hills outside Harbor Springs. One of the tougher cruises in this book. Small rollers on the Tunnel of Trees.

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Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Petoskey
Distance: 38.2
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Best spring through fall
Trailhead Elevation: 600 feet
Top Elevation: 900 feet
Local Contacts: Petoskey State Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Tunnel of Trees Cruise

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