Dune Climb Trail

HARD 59 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.

3.7 miles
646 feet
Out & Back



nature trips




wild flowers


no dogs

20 days ago

Very difficult - bring water. But the views and the dunes are incredible! Even better are: Sleeping Bear Point Trail or Empire Bluff Trail or Treat Farm Trail.

25 days ago

Hard dunes, but worth the effort!

2 months ago

Amazing sights!

4 months ago

Really neat experience climbing up a sand dune and down again. Pretty steep hill but definitely doable with a nice view :) Take some water along.

5 months ago

AWESOME views. About 9 bug dunes to the beach, and then back

5 months ago

YIKES! This trail was definitely "Hard"! Wear tennis shoes and bring lots of water! Start early! Our group went a little off-trail because it was easier to walk on the plants/harder ground than digging into the sand. Took a few hours because we spent a lot of time at the Lake eating and resting for the hike back. Great to say you've done it though!

6 months ago

Fun but going back is tough. Made it to 18 of the 27 markers.

6 months ago

Great hike! We didn't run into anybody until we were on our way back. It was very populated then so I recommend that you go early. We had an eagle fly over us as we approached the beautiful lake!

6 months ago

Very scenic and challenging. Definitely has its ups and downs but the lake at the end makes the journey worth the effort.

6 months ago

Trail is harder than expected, make sure you go with shoes on, I went without and it was way more difficult

6 months ago

Definitely a challenge but the reward does not quite meet the amount of challenges.

7 months ago

This trails is laid on a sand dune of lies! You top the next dune to find another.. and another. :) This is a great hike. What makes it hard is that it's and out and back which means every step you take in the dunes.. you take again. Dune steps are always 1 step up and 1/2 step down. Add 80 degrees, little shade and hot sand.. be prepared. We left in the afternoon when the early risers where leaving. Sure, it's hotter on the trail but you also have more of the dunes to yourself.

8 months ago

didn't have time to do the full out and back, but did the first climb and some after that, really fun and different sort of hike.

11 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.

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

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!

Monday, September 19, 2016

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!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

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.

Friday, July 01, 2016

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

Thursday, June 23, 2016

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.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

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.

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