As you travel along the 28.6-mile section of trail from Reed City to Cadillac, you'll encounter a wide variety of scenic landscapes, wildlife habitats and changes in elevation. From Reed City to Cadillac, the trail begins a steady, gradual ascent from 1,032 to 1,332 feet above sea level.
From Reed City to LeRoy, the trail is mostly shaded, traveling through stands of aspen, pine and mixed hardwoods and the tiny hamlet of Ashton. A tunnel just south of LeRoy marks the second highest elevation on the White Pine Trail.
The asphalt pavement begins one mile south of LeRoy. In LeRoy you'll find a nice staging area, local stores, restaurants, and the LeRoy Historical Museum. The trail from LeRoy to Tustin crosses through woodlands, farm pastures and cornfields. When you arrive in the village of Tustin, you'll find a grocery store, a cafe, and the Pine River Museum which serves as a public staging area for the trail.
From Tustin to Cadillac, the trail enters the Rose Lake watershed, crossing a wide expanse of open wetlands with plenty of opportunities to view birds, waterfowl and other wildlife. Further north, you'll travel through another wetland complex of ponds, bogs, and cedar and tamarack swamps. Several beaver lodges can be seen along the edges of the ponds and wetlands. After passing under US-131, the trail begins a steady climb to higher ground. The White Pine Trail ends (or begins) at Waterfront Park in downtown Cadillac, where you'll find an excellent staging area and plenty of stores, lodging and restaurants. The 28-mile round trip from Cadillac to LeRoy (14 miles) and back is a popular day trip.