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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.

This is my family's favorite trail, we try to come up here once a year to enjoy it! It is a great mix of lake views, forest, islands and hills. There is a swimming area at the bottom of a small dune to cool off if you get too warm. Just a great place to take a hike!

Amazing views.

Had a lot of rainfall the day I went and the falls were powerful! Beautiful to see!

Beautiful trail. Inclines for half a mile to the Point; lovely stands of birch and wild columbine in May. Once out on the dunes, the views are amazing. After the Point, trail dips back into the woods and spits out on even more incredible duneage, covered with sand cherry shrubs and moss. Unfortunately, I somehow managed to connect myself with the neighboring trail at Hidden Lake and got lost - had to backtrack and found people who were kind enough to drive me back to the trailhead. Definitely study the map before heading out, is my advice, because getting back up the dune from the adjacent trail would have been murder.

I hiked this trail just last Sunday! It was absolutely the best trail, ever!!! The views were gorgeous, the trail was well-marked, etc. I cannot say enough good about this trail...it’s simply a “must do!” Happy hiking!!! :)

Oh! And the bugs....there weren’t any!!

falls are definitely something to see. very nice trail.

Easy out and back worth the effort.

Nice falls, easy to get to and not to many people in the morning.

15 days ago

short trail but a wonderful 50 foot waterfall :-)

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!

It’s beautiful but very busy.

We took our baby and this was a nice comfortable hike with her in a carrier. Not stroller friendly due to many stairs. Pretty waterfall.

18 days ago

Nice quick trail from parkway my lot to viewing stand. Trail is wide smooth and well maintained. Not very view of the waterfall from the lower platform

Great trail and super-fun climb past the viewing platform to stand at the bottom of the falls and feel the mist!

beautiful fall and love to feel the mist when stand front of the fall

Easy trail to very nice waterfalls. They were constructing a staircase to the bottom of the falls when we were there (8/29/18).

We hiked this loop trail today. Started at 9am and finished at 330. Beautiful views of the cliffs and crashing waves. Majestic walks through the woods with beautiful birch trees arching overhead. We went left from the parking lot and saw mosequito falls. Got to the water and looked over the cliffs about 11am. So many majestic views walking along the cliffs. Had lunch sitting on Indian head cliff. We had originally planned to continue up to spray falls. But we were too tired and it would have added 3 miles out and back. So we skipped it and went to chapel falls and made it back in about 6.5 hrs. It was a perfect hike. Just be sure to bring a lot of bug repellant and water.

21 days ago

Pretty busy trail; the sign at the beginning says less than a mile but it’s definitely over (if that’s a breaking point for you). We ended up climbing through and around the viewing deck to get under the fall - I highly recommend it (with safety precautions like adequate equipment and a partner). The breeze and mist from the waterfall is incredible.

21 days ago

Beautiful waterfall but there’s no hike involved - entirely boarded walkways. Very family friendly and a quick see.


22 days ago

If you are looking for a trail in Sleeping Bear Dunes that isn’t all sand and dune trails, this is a perfect choice. There is a parking lot right at the trailhead and the trail is well marked and easy to find. This trail includes deep woods, open dunes, spectacular dune cliffside views of Lake Michigan, open meadows, and a lot of elevation change. I’d say the difficulty level is moderate, in Michigan trail standards at least.

23 days ago

Easy trail - slight hill down to the top of the falls. Unfortunately, they are currently rebuilding the stairs to the bottom of the falls and have the stairs and west loop of the trial closed (August 2018). Looking forward to seeing it in the spring when the water is flowing harder.

Great view at the lookout (0.6)!

Beautiful - rain or shine! Prepare to be out there for the long haul though and bring water and maps!

Beautiful trail. You're basically island hopping around an old flood plain. Bit uneven and steep in a few spots.

Great trail with relaxing views of the falls .

25 days ago

Amazing views of the waterfalls!

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