Empire Bluff Trail

EASY 89 reviews

Empire Bluff Trail is a 1.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Empire, Michigan that features a lake. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking and snowshoeing. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
170 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

snowshoeing

beach

lake

views

scramble

3 hours ago

Great trail!!!

4 days ago

It's a relatively easy hike with a nice view at the end. In my mind, the real trail starts where the official trail ends and you can hike south along the bluffs.

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17 days ago

This is a great trail with a spectacular view, was a little busy, but it was a holiday weekend. The directions didn't quite take us to the trailhead, so there was some confusion at first, but it was just a little further up the road. You start off in the wooded area with wildflowers with gradual gains and descents. There's a scenic view of the shoreline with a bench that you can take a break if needed before getting out to the bluff. Upon reaching the bluff you're greeted with an awesome view of Lake Michigan with some seating area.

2 months ago

Loved this trail - perfect for kids too, distance is perfect.

hiking
5 months ago

One of my favorite short hikes in Michigan. Keep going south on the ridge all the way to Treat Farm if you want a real adventure!

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5 months ago

Try to go at sunset for a breathtaking view.

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7 months ago

Easy hike on well maintained trail with fantastic views of Lake Michigan.

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8 months ago

Great, short hike in in the Sleeping Bear area. Good western view for sunsets.

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10 months ago

Beautiful, but not what I would call easy.

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10 months ago

Super easy trail with gorgeous lookouts. Can be heavily trafficked depending on time of year/week.

hiking
10 months ago

My 1yo had fun walking the flat parts and playing in the sand. Stopping at Village Pizza and Tiffanys ice cream are definitely highlights of this trip!

11 months ago

Trail was amazing, well kept and spacious. Unfortunately it started raining 5 minutes into the hike but the trail was perfect.

11 months ago

absolutely beautiful. went at sunset on a clear night and the views were incredible!

hiking
Thursday, June 01, 2017

Beautiful, easy trail. I went in spring when the trees were a bright green. The view of the water at the end of the trail is amazing too. Highly recommended!

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Gorgeous views and great hiking! If you feel adventurous, you can continue along the lake shore on the dunes, you can't beat the scenery!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

This is one of my favorite hikes near Sleepy Bear. It is and out and back with an uphill on the way there which can be difficult. However, it isn't too far and it is well worth the amazing views of Lake Michigan and the dunes at the top! The forest is very pretty to walk through as well!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

This is a beautiful quick hike to a breathtaking view.

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Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Easy trail. Great view!!

hiking
Sunday, July 31, 2016

This is really not an "easy" hike as there are numerous inclines. But, the view at the top is amazing and well worth the work!!

hiking
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Easy hike up to the bluff ( stairs can pose a challenge for some). Beautiful views of the Sleeping Bear Dunes. Definite must.

hiking
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Beautiful hike - great views - at the end of the hike if you're adventurous - slide down the dune and walk along the lakeshore to empire beach (have someone meet you there with a car or it's a long walk back to the trailhead)

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Beautiful views, wonderful hike

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Sunday, November 01, 2015

Nice trail to hike up for views of the Sleeping Bear Dunes Shoreline. Little over 2 miles total trip. Found some old farm implements near the start of the trail. Easy hike.

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Nice easy walk

Sunday, August 02, 2015

wild raspberries along the trail made for a nice treat along the way. perfect trail for a mid day excursion.

hiking
Friday, July 24, 2015

One of the most beautiful hikes in the United States. The Dunes are a must-see.

Friday, July 03, 2015

Very nice trail, easy to follow and beautiful view

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Sweet! One of the best views in Northern Michigan

hiking
Friday, June 19, 2015

Wooded moderately hilly terrain with a fantastic view of the dunes and Lake Michigan along the way. Hiked this with kids as well as grandparents, if you are able to walk to the upper deck of a stadium you can hike this trail. Well worth it as the view from the boardwalk atop the bluffs of the lake is breathtaking.

hiking
Thursday, June 18, 2015

Really easy trail with a great view at the end.

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