The Leelanau Harvest Tour is a great biking adventure for both families and single riders as the fall colors begin to show and temperatures begin to cool. Leaving from Suttons Bay High School, all routes wind through beautiful Leelanau County on excellent paved roads passing by farms, orchards, vineyards, and through quaint villages. The first few miles of each route feature the recently completed paving of the Leelanau Trail, northern Michigan’s premier rails-to trail. The scenic terrain varies from flat to rolling with a few challenging hills on the longer routes. So come, ride, relax and enjoy all that this beautiful peninsula has to offer.
All New Routes
After 9 miles on the Leelanau Trail, the 20 mile route follows the east side of South Lake Leelanau then return to the trail to finish in Suttons Bay. Being mostly flat this is an ideal route for younger riders.
The 40 mile route begins the same as the short route then continues north along the east side of both North and South Lake Leelanau and passes through the village of Lake Leelanau before returning to Suttons Bay via Herman Hill.
After leaving the Leelanau Trail 10.5 miles south of Suttons Bay, the 65 mile route heads west through Maple City, north around Little Traverse lake, through Lake leelanau and ten over to Herman Hill to the finish.
The 100 mile route extends the 65 mile route north to the Grand Traverse Lighthouse at the tip of the Leelanau Peninsula and the village of Northport with more hills and scenic views.
• Well-marked roads on all routes.
• Detailed route maps provided.
• Roving SAG support for emergencies.
• Food stops with toilet facilities.
• Post ride lunch.
• Showers at Suttons Bay High School.
• Bike techs available morning of tour for last minute help at reasonable rates.
Register fast and conveniently online.
Download a registration form, complete and mail by September 10.
Register by August 15 – Individual: $30; Family: $70
Mailed registrations must be postmarked by September 10th – - Individual: $35; Family: $80
Online registration is open until September 13th – Individual: $35; Family: $80
Day of tour – Individual: $40; Family: $85
Note: Lunch is not included with day of tour registrations.
Great food on all routes. Rest stops on larger routes are spaced 20-30 miles apart, most with a lake view. Local specialties will be featured. Each rest stop has toilet facilities.
Post-Ride Harvest Lunch
After burning the calories come recharge with lunch by Catering by Kelly at the school from noon until 4:30 p.m. The lunch is included in the ride free for riders by September 13. Lunch is not included for riders registering after September 13.
All routes start and finish at the Suttons Bay Senior High School located 16 miles north of Traverse City at 500 South Elm St, Suttons Bay, MI. From Traverse City take M-22 north for 14.5 miles, turn left of 4th Street and then right on South Elm to the school. For a map showing the start/finish and driving directions from your location, click here.
• All riders must wear helmets.
• Riders are to obey all traffic rules and laws and to ride in a courteous and safe manner. Michigan law
requires cyclists to ride as near to the right as practicable and no more than two abreast.
• Children 15 and under must be accompanied by a cycling adult.
• Have your bike in good working order and bring appropriate tubes and tools for minor repairs.
• Online registration closes at midnight, Thursday, September 13.
• Day of tour registration is available, but does not include lunch.
• Save by registering early.
• Packet pick-up/day of ride registration is 7:30 to 10 am at the Suttons Bay HIgh School.
• Century riders should plan to start by 8 am; 65 milers by 9 am; 20 and 40 milers by 10 am.
• Lunch service ends at 4:30 pm and SAG support ends on all routes at 4:30 pm, so gauge your ride time appropriately.
• Your wristband is your admission to food stops, the lunch, and for SAG service.
• This is a rain or shine tour, so no refunds will be made after August 30.
Call- TART Trails office at (231) 941-4300m, M-F 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Unfortunately with the relocation of the tour from the Glen Lake Schools to the Suttons Bay High School, camping at the start the night before is not available this year. For information on hotels, motels, camping, and area attractions, please see links on the tour website.
The Leelanau Harvest Tour, sponsored by the Cherry Capital Cycling Club, has donated $130, 976 to Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails, Inc. since 1999 to support ongoing trail network expansion and improvements.