2018-08-30 / Letters

Mountain bikers don’t need their own Lakeshore trail

To the editor:

Echo Valley, if developed in to a trail system, should be a multi-use trail for bikers, hikers and equestrians. The area should not have an exclusive mountain biker trail since there are already plenty of mountain bike trails.

Mountain bikers already have Palmer Woods Forest Conservation Area, Lake Ann Pathway, Arcadia Dunes Mountain Bike Trail, 45 North Vineyard Trail in Lake Leelanau, Betsie River Pathways, Copper Ridge Freeride in Traverse City, Crystal Mountain Bike Park, Interlocken Lost Lake Trail and Vasa Trail in Traverse City

In addition, bike users have the 26 miles of the paved Park Trail, plus all the paved state, county and seasonal roads. Any new trails in the National Lakeshore need to be multi-use so that more people can enjoy the area.

Nancy Mueller
P.O. Box 93
Glen Arbor

Editor’s note: We asked Tom Ulrich, deputy superintendent at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, for an update on trail development.

“Within the next year, we hope to conduct public planning for a mountain bike trail,” he replied in an email. “In the GMP (General Management Plan), the Burnham Woods area of the park, south of the Glen Lakes and east of M-22, was zoned recreation in order to ‘allow consideration for a possible future designated mountain bike trail system.’ That consideration is beginning. Decisions as to whether and which other uses would be allowed will be made during that planning process.

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Nancy you are wrong. Of all

Nancy you are wrong. Of all the trails you mentioned only 2 are in Leelanau County and the other ones are long drives for most of us. Mountain biking is definitely by far the most popular of those sports you mention and yet have the least amount of trails.