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Dunes Hiking Trail

Empire, MI 49636
(231) 326-4700
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Make it as long as you want to

The first uphill dune will make you question the whole thing. BUT once you get up the first one the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Mike K
Saint Peters, Missouri
More strenuous then it looks

After the first big dune of ~400 ft, the 3.5 mile round trip hike to Lake MI is manageable with the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Wooster, Ohio
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This 4.5-mile challenging hiking trail is the most popular in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
  • Excellent70%
  • Very good22%
  • Average8%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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Empire, MI 49636
(231) 326-4700
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The first uphill dune will make you question the whole thing. BUT once you get up the first one the rest aren't as bad. There are a series of ups and downs over various sized dunes. Hiking them is fun but if you aren't used...More

Thank Mike K
Reviewed 1 week ago

After the first big dune of ~400 ft, the 3.5 mile round trip hike to Lake MI is manageable with the right equipment (hat, sunscreen, prodigious amount of water). I wore hiking boots, but my teens did it alternating between bare feet and flip-flops. It...More

Thank lgregg2017
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hiked with wife and 2 small kids - ended up running up and down the dunes over and over - felt like a kid again. One of our favorite experiences

Thank BuenosNachos2
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A must do for avid hikers with beautiful views and trails to enjoy. Bring water on hot days and keep hydrated. A real workout.

Thank jamesag2016
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We all had a wonderful time here but I can't imagine hiking the full 3.5 miles in the dunes. It was lovely and the kids, even the 3 year d, were able to climb the first couple dunes and had a load of fun doing...More

Thank kelly b
Reviewed 29 October 2016

Many visitors do not go much further than the first sand dune. The hike through the dunes to Lake Michigan is quite peaceful. At the end of the trail is a narrow strip of sand along Lake Michigan. Along the hike to Lake Michigan, there...More

Thank luv4phood
Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

We intended to hike the trail, but after the first dune climb we opted not to. It is very strenuous so be very prepared if you want to hike all the way to Lake Michigan. It may only be 1.8 miles there but it is...More

Thank Wendy A
Reviewed 16 July 2016

Check map and distance from National Park Visitor first before doing this. We kept saying "just up that dune and we will see the Lake".... It turned out to be a rather long and amazing hike. All of this was fine but I would have...More

Thank David I
Reviewed 26 February 2016

My wife and I have hiked this trail a couple times, once in the late spring and most recently during the winter. Depending on your fitness level, this hike can be quite challenging as there is quite a bit of up and down as you...More

Thank devrie61
Reviewed 21 October 2015

We hiked this trail in August. The day we hiked was overcast - probably a good thing. IT would be a hot hike if the sun was bright and warm. We enjoyed walking the open dunes with the views of Lake Michigan. Lots of variety...More

1  Thank ajkuiper55
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