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Dunes Hiking Trail

Empire, MI 49636
+1 231-326-4700
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Pictures don't do this justice. It is so neat to drive up and see little specks on the dune tops... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
advsmuch
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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An awesome dune to climb! Then you can keep going. Take plenty of water, sunscreen and be sure to... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
bcreff
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Northridge, CA
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This 4.5-mile challenging hiking trail is the most popular in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good17%
  • Average9%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“parking lot” (7 reviews)
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Empire, MI 49636
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Pictures don't do this justice. It is so neat to drive up and see little specks on the dune tops only to realize those are fellow hikers. We weren't able to complete the entire trail as it was far too strenuous. It was so much...More

Thank advsmuch
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An awesome dune to climb! Then you can keep going. Take plenty of water, sunscreen and be sure to wear a hat. The sand can be very warm, even on a cool day.

Thank bcreff
Reviewed 13 September 2017

My husband enjoyed the Dune Climb more than I did, but he's from Brazil and was like a kid in a candy store with all of the sand :). The charge is 15 dollars but you can bring your pass with you to other parts...More

Thank Corinne L
Reviewed 5 September 2017

I loved this excursion, but don't forget your water. You will have many inclines and lots of stopping. We realized after we kept getting over the hump, there was another and another, and you cannot reach the lake. When we went to the office, the...More

Thank Mabelene P
Reviewed 5 September 2017 via mobile

This was our first stop at Sleeping Bear. It was a great day for this adventure. Only 68 degrees out. We headed up in bare feet and carried our sandals in case we needed them. We however never did. Since it was so nice out,...More

Thank Thedevelopingimage
Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

Just under 6 miles to the lake and back from the Dune climb parking lot. I recommend leaving the shoes in the car. A lot easier than filling them with sand in the first 10 steps. I didn't encounter any obstacles that hurt my feet....More

Thank Robert S
Reviewed 11 August 2017

Would recommend this train for those physically fit. Start early so you can take breaks without feeling rushed. Also bring/wear your bathing suit as you will want to take a dip once you get to lake Michigan. There are no refil stations so bring enough...More

Thank Brittany C
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

Early morning is the time to hit the Dunes and boy is it worth it! You hike over 100 up 1.5 to the top to have amazing views of Lake Michigan! Additional trails take you thru amazing pine trees and shrubs

Thank ELFDUDE
Reviewed 7 August 2017

We decided to climb the dune after a challenging 6 mile bike ride since the dune was a break in the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail. It was mid afternoon, hot, full sun and climbing to the top of the dune was a tough feat when...More

Thank Apryl D
Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

If you're planning to climb the hike barefooted, do it early before the sand gets hot. Bring water. The top of the dune that you see from the parking lot is a false summit. There's more climbing to do after that before you can see...More

Thank AndyKansasCity
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