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Dunes Trail - Sleeping Bear Dunes


The Dune Climb is undoubtedly the most popular spot in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore with more than 300,000 people climbing it annually. This open dune forms the eastern edge of the Sleeping Bear Plateau, a 4 square-mile field of perched dunes that extends to Lake Michigan to the west and Sleeping Bear Point to the north. Departing from the top of the Dune Climb is the Dunes Trail, a 2-mile trek across the perched dunes to Lake Michigan. Keep in mind that hiking in soft sand is not easy and this trail is a round-trip trek of 4 miles. But the rolling dunes are beautiful and vary in cover from open sand or patches of beachgrass and wildflowers to a lone cottonwood here and there. While the hike is a workout for many people, the isolated beach along Lake Michigan and its refreshing surf is a great place to recuperate before heading back along the same route. An added bonus are the remains of a shipwreck that washed ashore during a November storm. This map, produced by, includes: --10-foot contour lines --Location of the trailhead --Amenities icons for swimming beaches, shipwreck, restrooms and other trails --Mileage flags marking the 2-mile, one-way hike to Lake Michigan Along with photos, you can get a full description of the trail from at

Price: $ 1.99 USD


Primary Category: Recreation

Secondary Categorization: Parks

Published: 2020

Language: English

Size: 1.2 MB

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