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1 day ago

Icy steps!!! Great view.

4 days ago

Real easy trail and a great view. A must do if in the area.

Great views at the end, trails were well marked, easy and peaceful hike

Great forested trail with amazing vistas of Lake Michigan. Did it snowshoeing and had a good workout.

Some really pretty views at points along the trail, the inland trail is average.

Absolutely beautiful views of lake mi and Harrington lake

2 months ago

Great views of the lake and dunes. The lighthouse and property are neat too

Go for the views. Stay for the views. Not a tough trail at all, making a beautiful panorama all the more available.

Was absolutely beautiful!!

easy, well-maintained trail. I was very impressed with the markers and blazes. no way to get lost! beautiful fall colors.

3 months ago

Easily accessible and well groomed. Worth the views!

3 months ago

It’s a really nice hike and it has an overnight campsite on it with a latrine

Excellent trail. Stop and see the shipwreck, lots of good rock hunting. The light house was nice and the trail beyond was beautiful.

My wife and I made the trip on this trail, to reap the wonderful reward, a view that is spellbinding! The clouds seem to be touchable from atop the bluff. The benches make a comfortable place to ponder the legend of Sleeping Bear Dunes, as the "cubs" (North and South Manitou Island) are easily visible from the bluff. Allow yourself some quiet time at the turn around to listen to the clarity and peace of nature on this trail. There is a friendly chipmunk that visited us also , sit still and be quiet, I bet he or she(?),will introduce itself to you!

Spectacular. We very much enjoyed the hike and sights.

4 months ago

Great for kids!

Brought our large dog. Lots of other walkers, several w dogs. Hike was fairly easy w moderate elevation changes. Tricky part (at least w a large dog) was the wooden boardwalk as you approached the bluff. VERY narrow-not enough room for us to walk one direction and another hiker the other direction. A bit crowded overlooking the lake but the view was simply spectacular. No regrets!

Very nice easy hike. The trail is an access road to the light house from the parking lot. It is sand and gravel with some potholes that fill up when it rains. The sign says no pets but we ignored it because there’s another sign that says dogs allowed if on a road. The lighthouse museum is open during the summer staffed by volunteers. We met a nice retired lady from Whitehall Michigan. I think it’s only open wed thru sat. But I’m not sure. Some ice views of the waves from the trail.

Great little loop with a 5 yr old. Well kept trail. Beautiful sand dunes/ beach at half way point. The forest is spectacular

Short and amazing views! Worth your stop!

Great shaded trail. Dogs are not allowed on the spur to Lake Michigan.

Pretty easy trail. Down hill to the lake, then up hill on the way back. Beautiful views from bluffs

This trail winds and is steep. The way back to the car will always be at an incline which may be a little difficult for some. The view of the lake was cool too.

5 months ago

great trail to take the kids on.

best views, after the boardwalk overlook it continues on a narrow sand trail. the best trail i’ve ever done

amazing views and beach access. its all uphill on the way back though.

It is a great all-around hike with something for everyone. 7-year old approved. Where the trail ends at the lake supposedly there is a sunken boat that can be snorkeled. Great fossil hunting. Nice rolling hills and views.

5 months ago

This is a great, short hike through the woods to a scenic overlook. We were able to take a stroller up most of the way. Once you reach the top, there are some more challenging, hilly trails in the sand (not technically part of the Empire Bluff trail) that we continued on for about a mile before turning back. You can’t reach the beach from this trail FYI.

trail running
5 months ago

Beautiful forest walk with periodic forays into colorful meadows.

5 months ago

Pretty good hike and some areas are quite steep for some good cardio. Nice walk to the beach and great lookouts.

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