ELK Brewing (Comstock Park)
ELK Brewing in Comstock Park (click for website) is the second location of this popular local craft brewery. The Comstock Park location is located on Dodge Street just off West River Drive, opposite the Fifth Third Ballpark. This location can get busy before and/or after a ball game, and also has free wifi and large screen televisions.
~5.5 miles (one way)
Generally level. Most riding on wooden and paved trails, and about 1 mile of on-road bike lane.There is one major road crossing, but we recommend that you walk your bike across that one... no worries!
Unlock your bike from the rack, get your helmet on. You'll be riding in the road for this route, so review your hand signals and turn on those lights!
Head towards the river and the historic Sixth Street Bridge and either turn right/north on Monroe Ave. in the bike lanes, or go to the paved River Edges trail, which is just before the bridge.
You'll stay on Monroe or the trail for about half a mile, to Leonard Street. There’s a little jog where Monroe curves to the right, and you need to turn left at the light (Monroe/Ottawa/Coldbrook) to stay on Monroe.
If you’re on the trail at Leonard, turn right/east and ride slowly on the sidewalk just a few feet to the Monroe Avenue light. You'll be heading to the left/north at Monroe. Cross both streets to get to the northeast corner of the intersection. If you’ve been on Monroe, keep on riding as you were!
From Monroe and Leonard, ride north on Monroe 1 mile. Take care at the Ann Street light, which can have some traffic. Continue straight past Ann Street to the roundabout at Knapp Street.
At the roundabout, Riverside Park is ahead and to the left. In Riverside Park, continue north on the White Pine Trail all the way through the park to its extreme north end, about 2 miles. At the north end, you will exit the park near a highway underpass (I-96). The next street is North Park St.
At North Park you can cross the street to cross the bridge over the Grand River on its north side. If you don't want to cross the street, that's OK too, you can cross the bridge on the south side and use the underpass on the far bank.
Cross the bridge to the left. You'll want to be on the path on the north side of the street. If you're on the south side, you can turn left on the far bank of the river and head down (careful with the grade! we suggest walking your bike) to the underpass to get to the other side of the road. Once you've gone under the bridge, follow the path around to the left and you'll end up on the sidewalk/multi-use path on the north side). This is the White Pine Trail.
Continue along the trail until just before the highway underpass. Hang a RIGHT to stay on the White Pine trail. (If you miss this you can also turn right on Mill Creek St. up ahead for an extension of the White Pine Trail that goes through the "downtown" area of Comstock Park. Regardless of which way you go, after a couple miles you'll be at the entrance drive to the Fifth Third Ballpark (you'll have passed the ballpark at this point). To your right you'll see a go-kart track & batting cage. To your left you'll see an intersection with a stoplight. Head towards the intersection using the sidewalk on the left (southwest) side.
This is West River Drive. It's a busy street. Hop off your bike and walk it across the street with the pedestrian signal, then cross again across the highway entrance/exit drive.
Hop back on your bike but stay on the sidewalk. Look to your left and up the hill. You've made it!
Lock your bike up on the rack and enjoy a beer with that great GR Bike Rentals discount of yours! You can't go wrong with a "Dankalicious" IPA and a side of ELK Fries.
NOTE: If you go a little bit overboard at ELK- it happens - remember, you have time to spare to sober up! Take your time. Have some food. If you're not comfortable getting back on your bike, don't do it! Remember, buzzed biking is drunk biking, and just as dangerous as drunk driving! ELK in Comstock Park does not have local bus service, but it is served by local taxi/Uber/Lyft, if you can get a big enough ride to bring the bike, too. Tell the driver you're going to the Embassy Suites, at 710 Monroe Ave NW in downtown GR. Give your driver a big tip, yeah?