Skyline Trail

EASY 13 reviews
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Skyline Trail is a 2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Hamlin Twp, Michigan that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until December.

DISTANCE
2.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
134 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

Perfect for energetic children. Our grandchildren love all the stairs and the dune climb at the top. Great views of the dunes in the southern portion of the park.

hiking
2 months ago

Lots of stairs! Boardwalk trail through the woods with a view of the dunes and lake.

hiking
3 months ago

10 months ago

Great

Friday, June 24, 2016

hiking
Saturday, September 12, 2015

Nice path, great walk by river and dam.

hiking
Saturday, August 15, 2015

Using stairs to see dunes feels like cheating, so we added a two part loop hike through the dunes (out to marker 29 and back) to earn the views.

The boardwalk is nice & easy, so a little more high traffic. Didn't see a soul on the actual dune trails, but it was raining while we were out. The dam was pretty cool. And we saw a lot of deer among the dune scrub.

Overall, very enjoyable!

cross country skiing
Sunday, February 22, 2015

hiking
Thursday, August 21, 2014

This is a great trail for kids, and also for those who aren't quite up for the park's Ridge Trail but want to get a taste of the deep, densely forested dune valleys gracing Ludington SP. Good views of Lake Michigan and the foredunes, too. You'll need to climb a long staircase to access the trail, but once you're up there it's an easy boardwalk through the treetops. This trail makes a nice combination with the Sable River Trail--park in the Hamlin Dam lot, cross the dam bridge and follow the easy, flat Sable River Trail to the Skyline Trail access stairs, adding about a mile to your hike (see the park's trail map: http://www.michigandnr.com/Publications/PDFS/RecreationCamping/ludington_hiking.pdf). Or, if you're feeling more ambitious, the staircase running down to the dunes from the Skyline Trail's south side brings you to the northernmost point of the ski trails, three stacked loops through interdunal scrub and wetlands adding anywhere from 1-6 miles to your hike, as well as likely sightings of deer, birds and butterflies. (See the park's ski trail map: http://www.michigandnr.com/Publications/PDFS/RecreationCamping/ludington_ski_trails.pdf; note that the Jack Pine Loop no longer exists, nor does the Visitor Center.)

hiking
Friday, August 01, 2014

Nice views!

hiking
Tuesday, August 07, 2012

hiking
Thursday, July 07, 2011

Mostly boardwalk and steps. great view of the dunes and Lake Michigan.

hiking
Friday, May 27, 2011

I am a senior but the trail fun
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