Empire Bluff Trail

EASY 74 reviews

Empire Bluff Trail is a 1.6 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
1.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
173 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

snowshoeing

beach

lake

views

scramble

hiking
2 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!

hiking
2 months ago

Try to go at sunset for a breathtaking view.

hiking
3 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

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

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful, but not what I would call easy.

hiking
6 months ago

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

hiking
7 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!

8 months ago

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

8 months ago

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

hiking
8 months ago

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!

10 months ago

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.

hiking
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)

hiking
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Beautiful views, wonderful hike

hiking
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

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