I sent an email to my buddy in Traverse City and here were his suggestions:
Sure, lots of possibilities here. Torch Lake is in my back yard.
I think someone already recommended the North Country Trail, though that's pretty darn long. We like the section between Morrilla Road and Tippy Dam, about 12 miles. Love it on MTBs, but always lots of hikers in there too.
Here's my Trimble Outdoors map of that section, and the road loop back. http://www.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip/751783
Also Glen Arbor, Michigan is home to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. A must see attraction here with over 25 miles of rolling lakeside sand dunes and intermittent trails. Oh, but the beaches!!!!
Not far from Torch Lake is the Vasa Trail. It's a gorgeous stretch of forest broken up by a couple of power lines. Google Map
Sorry nothing quite like your mountains out there. Feel free to share my email with the guy, and tell him to give me a shout.