Great Lake-to-Lake Trail

Hiker, Biker Travel Great Lake-to-Lake Trail.

Trek Promotes Health and Economic Benefits of Non-Motorized Transportation

Chris Bowman, the bicyclist (left) and Chris Hillier, the hiker (right) prepare to “Chris-cross” the Great Lake to Lake Trail.LANSING, Mich.— A hiker and bicyclist have begun their journey trekking across more than 250 miles along the proposed Great Lake-to-Lake Trail Route 1 from South Haven to Port Huron from September 13-28 to raise awareness of the health benefits of non-motorized transportation and the economic value the trail will bring to the Lower Peninsula. Upon completion, the route would connect 15 existing Michigan rail-trails and seven connecting segments thanks to funding from the Kresge Foundation and implementation efforts from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance (MTGA).

IMAGE 1: Chris Bowman, the bicyclist (left) and Chris Hillier, the hiker (right) prepare to “Chris-cross” the Great Lake to Lake Trail.

Our goal for the Great Lake-to-Lake Trails is for Michigan residents to understand that everyone can enjoy Michigan’s outdoors across the state and to attract tourism to bolster Michigan’s economy,” said Nancy Krupiarz, Executive Director of the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance.

"Trails serve as ‘economic engines’ by increasing property values on nearby lands and support business climates in communities that have people out and about. We are excited for Route 1 to generate a lot of buzz and to help share their journey across the state.”

Chris Hillier and two others hiking on Michigan trail

Chris Hillier, 45, of Taylor, MI, left South Haven on the Kal-Haven Trail on September 13th, and is hiking more than 20 miles per day through Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Jackson, Pinckney, Pontiac, and Port Huron before ending at Lake Huron on the Bridge to Bay Trail on Saturday, September 28th. Chris Bowman, 37, of Rose City, MI, is cycling the same route, covering approximately 40 miles per day from September 21-28th, finishing with Hillier in Port Huron mid-morning.

Bowman is eager to catch up to his buddy on Saturday. The duo are passionate about outdoor physical fitness and desire to show Michigan communities the health benefits and financial accessibility of hiking and biking through their blogs at Wolverine Hikes Michigan and crazy guy on a bike. For more information on the Great Lake to Lake Trails project and to donate, see

Bowman’s bike packed and  ready for any weather Michigan throws at him.

MTGA is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to developing non-motorized trails and greenways with the purpose of connecting parks and wilderness areas with cities and villages throughout Michigan. MGTA continues to develop more trails and greenways through efforts like Connecting Michigan Trailways Vision and Action Plan, which brought hundreds of Michigan residents together to implement a system of interconnected trails. For more information visit

IMAGE 3: Bowman’s bike packed and ready for any weather Michigan throws at him.

The Michigan Fitness Foundation envisions a physically educated population with the knowledge and skills to enjoy a healthy, vigorous and safe lifestyle in communities designed to support physical activity. 

Route map from South Haven to Port Huron