Sleeping Bear Point Trail

MODERATE 48 reviews

Sleeping Bear Point Trail is a 2.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Glen Arbor, Michigan that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
2.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
314 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

forest

views

wild flowers

no dogs

hiking
1 month ago

Actually didn’t get to hike the trail. Got here to find a sign(looked to be pretty new) saying no dogs. We had just drivin 45 minutes with dogs in tote.

1 month ago

45 minutes drive to this “dog friendly” trail to find a “no pets” sign posted. Might be a great trail but not happy after driving 45 minutes to get here.

hiking
3 months ago

I HATED this trail!

Many reviews of this hike were really positive and said that it had a variety of terrain. 85% of the trail is sand dunes, with the remaining 15% is forest. The forest part IS quite nice, but also quite short. Had I known so much of it would be really monotonous looking sand dune, I would not have gone. Before I had even reached the midway point, I was cursing the sand and just thinking about how much I hated this trail.

Clearly some people really like this trail, but I was not a fan.

3 months ago

Great variety of terrain- great views!

4 months ago

Agree with review below, a favorite for the lower peninsula. Recommend heading out clockwise...reaching the water last. That way you can look for Petoskey stones as long as you want. Otherwise, you have the remaining hike looming. Terrain changes are amazing. A favorite for sure

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful

5 months ago

Iiiiiiiki n go k
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hiking
7 months ago

One of my favorite hikes in Lower Michigan. Excellent views and diverse trail.

hiking
9 months ago

Exhilarating hike in mostly sand. Lots of amazing views.

hiking
10 months ago

I felt it was a very tough hike but well worth it. There are a ton of amazing views of the lake and the beach was very nice with amazing views of the islands.

hiking
Sunday, August 13, 2017

Hiked this trail on a late Sunday morning. We first stopped at the beach, which was gorgeous. The water was crystal clear and there were only a few people on the beach. The trail is well marked with blue posts and as always, hiking in sand adds a different level of difficulty to the hike. The views are incredible throughout and towards the end you are able to "cool down" by hiking on stable ground through some forest. We only passed one person walking in the opposite direction and seemed to have the trail to ourselves. It did seem as if the beach became more crowded when we finished as the parking lot was full of cars and bikes.

nature trips
Friday, August 11, 2017

absolutely love the view

hiking
Monday, June 26, 2017

Various terrains represented Great hike and swim Hit the CG museum on the way out

hiking
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Great hike. The first part of the hike splits to a short hike out to a beach on the Lake Michigan Shore. The return from the lake choices are return to the parking lot or the full loop. The full loop starts with mostly sand dunes and is the slower part of the hike. The trail then leafs into beautiful forested trails. Moderate to strenuous.

walking
Saturday, January 30, 2016

This trail was better than we expected it to be. The first half of the trail is on the exposed sand dunes. There are great views of the lake from here! The second part is through a forested area. It was a good, short, easy hike with pleasant views.

hiking
Sunday, November 01, 2015

If you can only do one hike in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, do this one! A little bit of everything: woods, dunes, water; shaded and more exposed areas; beautiful in every season. Easy-to-follow trail markers.

hiking
Saturday, August 15, 2015

We hiked off the loop, just along the coast because it was so amazing. Blue water with 3 tones of blue, amazing cliffs and the dunes were amazing. You feel like you are in another country. Take water and a hiking stick because the dunes are tough to walk over.

hiking
Sunday, December 28, 2014

Took our first honeymoon to this area. A great hike, very sandy, and amazing dunes. Great place to visit.

hiking
Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Been doing this train almost every year of my life. Gorgeous views. Nice and moderately rugged. Sandy trail. Will do it again.

hiking
Thursday, June 06, 2013

Great trail. Sandy pretty much the whole way. Good variety. Start In wooded area, through and over sand dunes and back into woods. Lots of up and down, but none of it extreme. Great scenery, including both Manitou islands and dunescapes. My 5 and 6 year olds did it with energy to spare. Took us about an hour and a half with lots of photo stops and water breaks.

hiking
Saturday, August 21, 2010

This is an easy and scenic trail. Sandy Michigan soil is a relief for feet...

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