Located in state forest, the Vasa Pathway features a series of loops (3K, 5K, 10K, 25K) that offer users a variety of challenges from easy to difficult. Cross-country skiers, runners, hikers, mountain bikers, walkers, and naturalists enjoy the Vasa Pathway. The Vasa Pathway is maintained and groomed by TART Trails under an agreement with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Grand Traverse County. It is the home of the North American Vasa cross-country ski race, and the annual Iceman Cometh mountain bike race uses a portion of the trail.
TRAILHEAD: 4450 Bartlett Rd, Traverse City, MI 49686
DIRECTIONS: US31 to Bunker Hill Rd, RIGHT on Bartlett, LEFT into trailhead parking area. The trail is marked with wayfinding signs.
The Vasa Pathway is owned by the Michigan DNR and groomed by TART Trails through a contract with the MDNR.
Trail user donations to TART Trails help provide funding for the maintenance of the Pathway.
In addition, DNR management of the Vasa Pathway is partially funded through the Recreation Passport. When you check “YES” for the Recreation Passport when renewing your license plate with the Michigan Secretary of State, you gain access to over 100 state parks, hundreds of miles of pathways, and more.
New this year is a multi-use trail ideal winter fatbiking and outdoor recreation. A partnership was formed to address the winter use issues and develop a plan with a long-term goal of providing high quality winter skiing and biking opportunities. Currently we are waiting for final approval from the DNR for the dedicated Winter Sports Singletrack trail. The 15k trail will be groomed by the NMMBA and is accessible off of Supply Rd.
Love fatbiking? Check out these other great groomed trails for fatbikes.
- Dirt two-track, Hilly
Interactive Map + Directions
Elevation charts for the Vasa Pathway:
5K Loop: PDF for 5k Elevation
10k Loop: PDF for 10k Elevation
25k Loop: PDF for 25k Elevation