Skyline Trail is a 1 mile loop trail located near Hamlin Twp, MI and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and cross country skiing and is accessible from April until December.
cross country skiing
Good walk with lots of stairs. Very nice views along the way. Plenty of benches to stop and rest if needed. I hiked this with my 3 year old and we didn't need to stop other than taking in some views and snapping a few pics.
Nice path, great walk by river and dam.
Using stairs to see dunes feels like cheating, so we added a two part loop hike through the dunes (out to marker 29 and back) to earn the views.
The boardwalk is nice & easy, so a little more high traffic. Didn't see a soul on the actual dune trails, but it was raining while we were out. The dam was pretty cool. And we saw a lot of deer among the dune scrub.
Overall, very enjoyable!
This is a great trail for kids, and also for those who aren't quite up for the park's Ridge Trail but want to get a taste of the deep, densely forested dune valleys gracing Ludington SP. Good views of Lake Michigan and the foredunes, too. You'll need to climb a long staircase to access the trail, but once you're up there it's an easy boardwalk through the treetops. This trail makes a nice combination with the Sable River Trail--park in the Hamlin Dam lot, cross the dam bridge and follow the easy, flat Sable River Trail to the Skyline Trail access stairs, adding about a mile to your hike (see the park's trail map: http://www.michigandnr.com/Publications/PDFS/RecreationCamping/ludington_hiking.pdf). Or, if you're feeling more ambitious, the staircase running down to the dunes from the Skyline Trail's south side brings you to the northernmost point of the ski trails, three stacked loops through interdunal scrub and wetlands adding anywhere from 1-6 miles to your hike, as well as likely sightings of deer, birds and butterflies. (See the park's ski trail map: http://www.michigandnr.com/Publications/PDFS/RecreationCamping/ludington_ski_trails.pdf; note that the Jack Pine Loop no longer exists, nor does the Visitor Center.)
Mostly boardwalk and steps. great view of the dunes and Lake Michigan.
I am a senior but the trail fun