Michigan Trails and Dunes Bike Tour Daily Elevation Profile

Michigan Trails and Dunes Bike Tour Daily Elevation Profile

Below are the daily elevations for our Michigan’s Islands, Trails & Dunes Bike Tour. Elevation charts are always intimidating.  The jagged lines can look very severe, so pay attention to the scale.  This tour takes places on trails and rural roads.


Day 1 – 44 miles

We begin this tour off right .. with a day of downhill! Today’s ride in on the North Central State Rail Trail. Today’s ride is on crushed limestone and is a nice riding surface. This is the only day of the tour on a non-paved surface. Total mileage is just a tad over 44.

Day 1 Michigan Islands, Trails and Dunes Bike Tour Elevation Chart

Day 2 – 8 plus miles

Don’t let this chart scare you! You may circumnavigate the island with a delightful 8 mile ride from the hotel and back without any elevation gain. If you wish for more riding, you may continue up and over the center. The elevation chart below includes this optional ride. The climb is 200 feet over more than two miles so it is very manageable.


Day 3 – 53 miles

Today’s ride is just over 53 miles through the “tunnel of trees” – a famous shoreline road in northern Michigan. You will ride to your lodging in Petoskey. There are a few ups and downs.


Day 4 – morning ride 17.2 miles

We begin riding from the hotel this morning along Lake Michigan  on the Little Traverse Wheelway. This paved trail is 17 miles and is always one of the favorites on this tour. It ends in Charlevoix where we’ll shuttle to the beginning of ride # 2 for the day.

Michigan Islands Trails and Dunes Bike Tour morning ride day 4

Day 4 – afternoon ride 29.4 miles

We’ll begin the afternoon ride just north of Traverse City at 45 North Vineyard and Winery. From here we’ll work our way towards Glen Arbor and the Sleeping Bear Dunes. You will ride

Elevation profile Michigan Bike Tour day 4 afternoon ride

Day 5 – Ride option 1 -19.4 miles

Today there are a couple of options. This is the shortest and the most popular option. At 19.4 miles, there is a little bit of ascending and lots of beautiful views.


Michigan Bike Tour Day 5 elevation gain chart

Day 6 – 44.9 miles

Riding along the shoreline of Lake Michigan, your ride today will include three different trails: The Sleeping Bear Dunes Heritage Trail, the Betsie Valley Trailway & The MI Northern Railway Trail. (Biking 4 miles).

Michigan Bike Tour day 6 elevation chart

** Routes are subject to change, and these specific routes are not guaranteed. Routes can change due to weather, construction, seasonal events, etc.