Christian Adventures A Ministry of Cran-Hill Ranch

Public Tours

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Michigan Shore to Shore (Pedal & Paddle) / July 9 - 13

Start with your wheels in Lake Michigan along the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore!  Spend 3.5 days riding through the hills and backroads of northern Michigan.  Pedal past Traverse City and along the Boardman River on your way to scenic Higgins Lake.  As you pass the midway point of the tour, you will enter the Huron National Forest and the treasured AuSable River.  Ride along River Road, a registered National Scenic Route.  Complete your Shore-to-Shore tour with an afternoon of canoeing the final stretch of the AuSable River all the way to the great waters of Lake Huron! 

• Registration Fee: $399 

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Fall Pedal & Paddle / September 12 - 14

Escape for a weekend of adventure! Gather together Friday evening at our Michigan Basecamp (Cran-Hill Ranch). On Saturday, ride about 50 miles from Big Rapids to Cadillac, along the White Pine Trail. Camp along the channel at William Mitchell State Park. On Sunday, pedal about 20 miles in the morning. Then trade in your bike for a canoe and enjoy a beautiful afternoon float down the Manistee River, a National Scenic River!

• Registration Fee: $99 

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Fall Cycle Weekend / September 26 - 28

Squeeze in one more weekend of fall cycling as we return to a classic route from Boyne City to Mackinaw! Camp at local campgrounds, and enjoy our famous meals! Ride 45 miles on Saturday, and 55 on Sunday. Sights include Lake Charlvoix, the Historic Ironton Ferry, Lake Michigan, the Little Traverse Wheelway, the Tunnel of Trees, and Mackinaw City!

• Registration Fee: $99 

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Mountian Biking

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Pictured Rocks Weekend / October 10 - 12

It doesn't get much better than Pictured Rocks in the fall! Spend two days hiking this National Lakeshore, capturing sights like Miner's Castle and Chapel Rock! We will provide your gear, meals, and even transportation from our Michigan Basecamp. So pack your bags for an amazing weekend adventure!

• Registration Fee: $99 

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Adventure Sampler

HS Adventure Camp (Ages 13-17) / July 13 - 18

Give your summer some excitement! Experience rock climbing, high ropes, and more before packing your things and heading out! Hit the trail and river on this epic outdoor challenge! This is an adventure you don't want to miss!
• Registration Fee: $375

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MS Adventure Camp (Ages 10-13) / July 20 - 25

Summer Camp for the outdoor adventurer! Sleep in rustic cabins, cook meals over the fire, hike, bike, climb, paddle, and more!! This will be one of the best weeks of your life!
• Registration Fee: $375

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Events & RACES

Christian Adventures RACE / July 19

The race begins and ends at Cran-Hill Ranch.  The first leg is mountain biking on a variety of terrain, including single-track, gravel road, and paved road.  The second leg is canoeing on an inland lake.  Canoes and equipment are provided.  The final leg is running/walking trails and roads.  The route will be mostly marked.  Along the route, there will be a variety of additional challenges for your team to complete before moving on!

Teams of TWO racers will complete the entire race together. 
Teams may enter one of three race categories: Men, Women, Co-Ed

Schedule of Events
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM            Race Check-In (all categories)
8:45 AM                               Pre-Race Info Meeting
9:00 AM                               Race Start
12:00 PM                            Family Cookout
12:30 PM                            Awards Ceremony

• Registration Fee: $60 / Team of 2
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Triathlon / August 2

Race Categories
Adult (Men; Women): Individuals ages 18 and older
Youth (Boys; Girls): Individuals ages 13 – 17
Team (Men; Women; Co-ed): Teams of 2 or 3 individuals ages 13 and up
Kid’s Fun Race (Boys or Girls): Individuals ages 12 and under

Race Descriptions
Adult / Youth / Team: Race starts on Hillview Lake with a 0.5K swim out and back around marked buoys.  Then racers transition to bicycles for a 12K loop on paved roads.  Any type of bike is acceptable, but helmets are required.  Racers finish with a 4K trail run along our nature trail.

Kid’s Fun Race: This fun race is for kids ages 12 and under.  It begins with a short 50m swim out and around a buoy.  Then they will ride their bikes approximately 2K through several of the campground loops.  They will finish with a 1K run to the finish line!  This is not a team race – each racer will complete all three stages.

Schedule of Events
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM            Race Check-In (all categories)
8:45 AM                               Pre-Race Info Meeting
9:00 AM                               Adult / Youth / Team Race Start
10:30 AM                             Awards Ceremony
11:00 AM                             Kid’s Fun Race Start
12:00 PM                            Family Cookout

• Registration Fee: $30 / Individual; $60 / Team; $10 / Kid's Race

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"I expected to be amazed and speechless at the sight of such majestic mountains, but instead was humbled and belittled.  The mountains showed me how my life and the worries I have in it are so insignificant."

—Alex Box

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Adventure Race
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Christian Adventures

Join us this summer for two great oppotunities to explore nature and test your strength and endurance.

Our 4th Annual CAR-Christian Adventures Race is July 19, 2014. This will test your outdoor skills with a 5 mile hike/run, a 2 mile canoe paddle and an 12 mile mountian bike ride.

The 18th Annual Cran-Hill Triathlon will be August 2, 2014. Swim .5k in our lake, race 12k on our road course and run 4k on our outdoor trails. Races as individuals or teams.

Download forms below and we will see you this summer!!

2014 CAR Entry Form

2014 Triathlon Entry Form