Looking for a great trail in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan? AllTrails has 15 great hiking trails, trail running trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 8 easy trails in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore ranging from 1.5 to 7.1 miles and from 590 to 1,036 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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bird watching

lake

wildlife

trail running

wild flowers

beach

no dogs

hiking
3 days ago

Nice easy trail to take your fur friend on a walk. Nice and well kept. Limited accessibility for dogs to the water front because of Piping Plover nesting. Trails get slightly narrow when you have two groups of people coming from either direction so if your fur baby needs more space from others be aware.

Perfect loop trail and some perfect conditions, but the Sleeping Bear Point trail turned out to be not so “sleepy”! My 3 kids (10, 7 & 7) and I started out today heading clockwise so we would end up at the beach for a swim after the 2.5 mile loop. Just after we cleared the forest about 0.6 miles in, we stopped to look at the view before the small descent and out of no where a smaller black bear crossed the trail about 20yds in front of us! 2/3 kids were pretty scared as the bear ran and disappeared in the brush. After a few minutes of calming them down we continued onwards clapping and singing loudly about how we weren’t afraid of bears. About the time we hit the ghost forest the kids had figured out that might be one of the coolest experiences that not a lot of people get to have. We took the side trail at the end to swim in the lake and saw only a dozen or so other people in the water. On the way back we saw a park ranger in the lot and let him know about the sighting. He confirmed there are a few in the park that they know of and was excited to hear the kids tell the story. Easily one of the most memorable Sleeping Bear Dunes experiences we will ever have!

hiking
8 days ago

Difficult first climb to see more dunes. I was with other folks that couldn’t complete the hike but even just the initial climb has some neat views. Come prepared to spend a lot of time in the sun and the sand adds to the difficulty of the hike.

scenic driving
8 days ago

Nice scenic drive with wonderful views of the dunes. No climbing needed.

hiking
no shade
10 days ago

trail running
10 days ago

Wonderful trail, bring your bug spray and your deer fly tape! Very well marked. The Black Arrow is hillier but manageable and the Green Arrow is very easy. Gets crowded later in the afternoon, but morning runs are peaceful.

hiking
10 days ago

We’ve done this trail numerous times. Beautiful views and good for children.

on Empire Bluff Trail

hiking
11 days ago

This is a great hike for all ages. Mostly shaded trail, just watch out for poison ivy along the edges. The sky was cloudy when we were there, so the views were obscured. Go on a sunny day to get the most out of it.

hiking
bridge out
bugs
12 days ago

hiking
13 days ago

The moderately challenging hills were doable on a cool day. It was very foggy out so I missed the view of Lake Michigan. Trails are easy enough to follow, but take a picture of the map. Also missed the Glen Lake lookout, although I'm not sure I could have seen the lake with all the fog. All in all a good day of training with a 40lbs pack. Added the advanced loop for a total of ~6 miles. Would love to do it again on a sunny day.

beautiful little lake. evidence of beaver. using the map here led us to parking in a field that is for winter parking only. We parked anyway. had to cross a marsh that was about 6 inches deep, so prepare for wet feet. We ended up taking a different trail back because our son was miserable with wet feet. realized you can park at a trailhead and take photos of the trail map. that would have been nicer for us. Bass Lake Loop is the official trail name. sorry for the bad caps... I'm in a wrist cast sitting in the rain at camp!!!

hiking
21 days ago

I thought I read somewhere that this hike would be 3-4 hours long, but it is actually 2 hours at best. I wore a hat, very light clothing, sunscreen, and hiking boots. pace yourself and don't wear yourself out on the climbs. I ended up drinking close to a liter of water and it was only 70ish degrees with a nice breeze. I personally would not attempt this if it were any hotter. Be sure to take enough water! I saw a lot of miserable people that decided not to take any.

hiking
23 days ago

Did the easy loop. Great view at island lookout. Half the loop is in full sun so bring cover.

hiking
23 days ago

the first dune is really cool. the rest of the hike is just slow going without many views. the shore is nice, but the flies made it unbearable to stay for more than a few minutes. simply put- overrated

on Empire Bluff Trail

hiking
23 days ago

June 23rd, beautiful blue sky day. Trail was perfect, has some ups and downs through the glacier formations. Spectacular views at the end. relatively easy out and back.

hiking
26 days ago

Shady trail with great lake views

scenic driving
26 days ago

Great view about 1.5 miles in!!!! Besides the uphill at first pretty easy trail.

hiking
no shade
29 days ago

Great exercise. lots of sand climbing. optional hills beside the main trail get you even more workout and elevation gain. mostly loose sand surface.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail, it is worth the effort to make the hike to Lake Michigan. Trail was in great condition

hiking
1 month ago

Short trail. Easy but beautiful views of the dunes

Loved the trail. a short but slightly challenging trail with moderate elevation climb. the views are awe inspiring!

hiking
1 month ago

This is the hike to do at Sleeping Bear. The main entrance dune is a little over 100 feet high. Afterwards it is a series of ascents and descents. This would normally be easy in other terrain, but the sand will really wear you down if you don’t have the stamina/endurance. Make sure to wear shoes that you don’t mind getting sand in. I also recommend bringing a large amount of water since there is no way of replenishing on the dunes. You also should wear sunscreen because there is no shade whatsoever.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a good trail to get a scenic upper view of the dune climb and surrounding area to the west. There are parts of the trail that are undergoing rehabilitation, which will be marked by “do not enter” signs. Overall an easy hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Swim in the cool lake is a nice reward for a hot walk.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail. After the viewing area ends, the small sand trail continues for awhile. We trailed some but then decided to turn back.

gorgeous and fun, if you're adventurous go past the main look out point. There is a misleading sign that makes it seem like you've come to the end of the trail, but there is much more to explore and more to the trail if you look for the off shoots.

Arrived at Leland for the Ferry which runs on Fridays, Sundays, and Wednesday during the month of June and after July 10 start running twice a day seven days. North Manitou Island loop is amazing well kept- going off trail is even better and well marked. There is only one main campsite where an open fire is allowed in the pit- Once backcountry (Typical Federal Park rule) there is no open Fire, 300ft camp rule from the main trail, Beach and another camp is enforced. If you are looking for a “flat” hike stain in the loop and go south- once get off the loop and toward the center or north, you will enjoy some inclines.. not as bad thought. Ticks, bugs, Poison Ivy, etc are present especially later on in the summer. Overall amazing place with plenty of beautiful sites and a fun place to explore. Looking forward to going back this fall.

This is an awesome island to explore, just guard your food from the Chipmunks. Lots to do and never enough time!

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