Sand Lakes Quiet Area Trail

MODERATE 13 reviews

Sand Lakes Quiet Area Trail is a 8.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Traverse City, Michigan and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and cross country skiing and is best used from May until November.

8.7 miles
728 feet


cross country skiing


Sand Lakes Quiet Area is a 7.2 mile multiple route trail located near Traverse City, Michigan and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for cross country skiing & hiking and is accessible from May until November.

7 days ago

Nicely maintained and extremely quiet. we did not see another person for the whole loop. plenty of birding

2 months ago

9 months ago

the sand lakes are worth the hike.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Was confused by the starting point on this, but decided to start from Guernsey Lake Campground which has parking available if you're not camping there. This is a section of the North Country Trail so this could easily be extended into a multi day trip.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Well marked and a nice mix of terrain. Easy to select a distance that fits your plans for the day. We enjoyed seeing the clay-bottomed lake. Nice hike!

Monday, June 01, 2015

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Very well marked trails. Well taken care of. Very quiet.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

One of the lake shores is almost all clay! It's amazing!

Friday, July 04, 2014

Pretty awesome little quiet area. We had the whole place to ourselves. So if you different lakes all very nice, clear with sandy beaches! Anyone looking for a nice overnight hike with a beautiful lake this is your spot!

Friday, November 23, 2012

got really drunk. fun stuf

Friday, July 13, 2012

This is a really nice hike for just about anybody. There are trails of varying degrees and they're fairly well-marked. The only problem I had was finding the trailhead to begin with. Please don't rely on Google maps for this, because it will really lead you into some desolate areas and areas where there are no roads whatsoever.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

This is a great place to go for a cross country run. Lots of moderate hills, mostly shaded. The only drawback is that the out houses are longer available for use so bring your TP and watch out for leaves of 3.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Awesome dayhike or one nighter! Beautiful forest so close to TC. South side of Lake 1 is swimmable and the lakes color is aqua blue amazing. Park at Gurnsey Lake for car camping or trailhead use and loop clockwise for more privacy. Only bummer is its a well known spot so kind of busy. But rustic hike-in-only camping makes it a blast for beginners or just a relaxing one nighter.