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5-Day West

338/354 Miles

The Most Popular Route

Wednesday: to Vestaburg High School – 73 Miles
Riders leave the MSU campus on Wednesday, traveling north through farmlands and small towns. Riders turn westward at Alma onto the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail, ending at Vestaburg High school.

Thursday: to McBain/Northern MI Christian School – 74 Miles
Thursday brings more open country and small farming towns before finishing in McBain surrounded by dairy farms.

Friday: to Elk Rapids High School – 79 Miles
On Friday, riders wind north through Michigan’s scenic fruit tree country for an overnight at the Elk Rapids High School.

Saturday: to Petoskey High School – 60/76 Miles
Saturday features longer and shorter routes that have participants riding to Charlevoix where they turn onto the Little Traverse Wheelway trail to Petoskey. Riders can also choose a route along the shorelines of Elk Lake and beautiful Torch Lake, then on to East Jordan, home of “The Wall.” A final climb takes you to Petoskey.

Sunday: to Mackinaw City High School – 52 Miles
The DALMAC 5 West route culminates on Sunday, riding north through the “Tunnel of Trees” overlooking Lake Michigan. Riders wind through the communities of Harbor Springs, Good Hart, and Cross Village before reaching Mackinaw City.

Starting Location:

The MSU Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education is an arena, auditorium, meeting location, and exhibit area located on the South side of the Michigan State University Campus. The street address is: 4301 Farm Lane, Lansing, MI 48910.

5-Day route check-in is Tuesday, August 31, from 5-7:30 pm and Wednesday, September 1, 2021, from 7-9 a.m. Registered riders must present picture ID to check-in.

Camping at the MSU Pavilion the night of August 31, 2021, and Sunday September 5, 2021, is available for $20 for each night. (Can be purchased during registration).