Dune Climb Trail

HARD 27 reviews

Dune Climb Trail is a 3.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Glen Arbor, Michigan that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
3.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
839 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome atmosphere, with some very challenging and rewarding hills. Bring extra water and I wouldn't recommend no shoes. The sand is way too hot.

3 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

I recommend starting this hike in the morning, as the sand can get very warm in the afternoon. Bring water and sunscreen if you plan to do the entire hike. The hike is a lot of fun and jumping into Lake Michigan when you reach the end feels great!

hiking
7 months ago

Much further and difficult than it looks, but great exercise and amazing beach/view at the end! Didn't wear shoes for the whole thing!

hiking
7 months ago

road biking
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

This is an intense hike. We made it over the first dune and stopped there. It is very strenuous and you will definitely need sunscreen and a lot of water. The sand is hot so shoes is a must.

9 months ago

Coming from flat Houston it was definitely a moderate hike for us, but beautiful and worth it!:)

10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Great fun trail, though definitely a challenge. Be smart and self aware when deciding to take this trail. I did a good portion of this without shoes but at some points the sand was too hot and I slipped on keens which helped but slowed me down.

hiking
10 months ago

3.75 miles - 2 hours - challenging - take water, a hat, and something for your feet if sand is hot. Go early while sand is harder from overnight moisture. This is a hard hike but absolutely worth it

hiking
10 months ago

It was amazing! It was also not for everyone. It felt like we walked 26 sand miles by the time we got back to the car.

My husband turned back about half way. He was smarter then the rest of us.

"The only thing MODERATE about this climb is your chances of having a heart attack." -Husband

Bring lots of water and sunscreen.

10 months ago

Lots of fun climbing over the dunes, but fairly limited shade. Barefeet are doable but it can get a little rugged. Its a pretty relaxed beach, but rocky, and a refreshing dip was a nice pay off

11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

hiking
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Fairly strenuous hike. Lots of fun climbing the dunes of varying grades. And the lake at the end is gorgeous! Very cold water year-round though, so be prepared for that if you plan on using it to refresh after a potentially very hot hike.

Monday, December 28, 2015