P. J. Hoffmaster State Park features over three miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, a 297 site modern campground, towering Lake Michigan dunes, and the Gillette Sand Dune Visitor Center. Miles of hiking and skiing trails offer stunning views of Lake Michigan and subtle beauty at every turn.

hiking
1 month ago

Excellent afternoon hike. Perfect around dusk.

I would rate this Trail moderate over easy because of all the roots in the trail and the amount of hills. It is a beautiful trail! About half of the trail is wooded ravines, the other half is the beach. You can walk along the beach or up in the dunes. Once the woods cleared into the dunes and lakeshore I ended up going right instead of left. There's a small trail that leads to a dune in the middle of the woods. Amazing view, but then you need to turn around and head back to the trail to continue along the beach.

Beautiful

Beautiful! Many turns throughout the wooded area. There are a few hills and several tree roots in the trails which made the hike a tiny bit more challenging then I was expecting. Once you hike up the sand dune that leads you out of the woods to Lake Michigan there is an orange arrow spray painted on a tree pointing towards the lake. In retrospect, I think that was an indication of the direction I should have gone to continue on the actual trail. Because I had my dog with me and there were signs saying that dogs were not allowed on the beach I ended up cutting through some wooded sand dunes to make my way back.
Even before that little detour I had already hiked 2 miles, so this trail is definitely longer than 1.7 miles...my estimate is that it's closer to 2.5 miles. Its a great trial and I can't wait to go back.

hiking
10 months ago

Great quiet easy walk up and down through dunes and forest, my dog loved it!! Terminates on the crashing shores of lake MI and that's fun but we only stayed for 5 minutes bc the rangers are strict on the beaches about dogs. Even though we literally saw ZERO people. Gorgeous end-of-summer-hike-with-hound.

hiking
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Monday, July 11, 2016

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Great view and nice quiet walk

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Easy, pretty, fun. Well groomed trail. Leads to the beach. Walk along beach to the main entrance to complete it

Thursday, March 17, 2016

closed for construction. 3-17-16.

hiking
Sunday, December 27, 2015

hiking
Thursday, July 16, 2015

Beautiful view at the top, stairs are stable and secure. Good trail even in winter.

hiking
Tuesday, October 07, 2014

This is a fun trail that travels the ups and downs of the forested dunes and ends with a stretch along Lake Michigan. According to my GPS app, it is 1.8 miles for the loop. There are some ups and downs on the trail and a short trek on the dune at the lake.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

This little trail climbs on top of ridges and over tree roots. It is curvy and exciting. You never know what is going to be around the next corner. It leads straight to the beautiful Lake Michigan beach.