Warren Dunes Trail

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Warren Dunes Trail is a 5.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bridgman, Michigan that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.1 miles
275 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips






wild flowers




old growth

Warren Dunes has three miles of shoreline, six miles of hiking trails and is open year-round. It also has a dune formation that rises 260 feet above the lake with spectacular views and 1,952 acres of recreational opportunity.

A wonderful trail with one huge 90 degree sand dune well that how it felt anyway!

A wonderful workout with one giant sand dune with an 90 degree angle or at least it feels that way.

1 month ago

Beautiful views of Lake Michigan on trail along water-trails were well marked except #1 and 3 at parking lot going into Dunes-lots of criss cross trails so confusing Saw deer and heron on river thru woods. Will be back!

2 months ago

Great hike, be prepared for your shoes to get a little sand in them. Beautiful views of the lake and good for kids and dogs. Hiked it with our best friends who got engaged during the hike.

4 months ago

Spectacular views! Love hiking here!

4 months ago

I love this place. Dunes as far as you can see high above the water and trees. Lots of good hiking.

7 months ago

A dandy mix of terrain, scenic views and a multitude of distance/difficulty options. This is as good as it gets for SW Michigan.

8 months ago

Spent an hour here today climbing the dunes with my dog. Definitely my favorite local hike. The route can be challenging and the views are spectacular.

9 months ago

A hike through woodlands, dunes, and beach environments makes this trail diverse and visually entertaining throughout.

11 months ago

This is a very woodsy and shaded hiking area. It's a very interesting mix of beach dunes, green forest, and part of the early path through the forest is sandy, not dirt. The hiking itself is nice and lush, and the climb to the top of the dunes is fairly challenging (at least coming from the east) but worth it for the views. The views are really something! If you aren't in shape, the climb will be pretty tough, your legs will definitely get a workout.

We went on the Friday before Labor Day weekend and there were people on the beach but it wasn't crowded, and during the forest hike (between points 3 and 4) we didn't encounter another soul. We also didn't see any trash, so I am grateful for the attentive staff and the admission charge to get in. We'd been to Al Sabo preserve earlier in the day, and there was dog poo and trash in some areas there.

Monday, July 03, 2017

It was very pretty but on a hot day it is a challenging hike. This is on the difficult side of "moderate." Bring lots of water and extra sunscreen and bug spray in case you take longer than you planned.

Monday, July 03, 2017

Very nice walk and a study in contrasts. Hot and sunny with a challenging sandy surface on the beach and foredunes, but lovely shaded packed sand in the valley behind the dunes.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

beautiful scenery... rough walking in the sand but great challenge

Thursday, April 27, 2017

A nice walk, with some good uphill thanks to the dunes. The northern half was very wet and muddy, so wouldn't try it after a rain.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Great for day hiking!

Monday, January 09, 2017

Fun trail for a walk with the family. Some big hills make for great views of Lake Michigan and the dunes. Lots of walking in the sand.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

This is a great trail! Fairly easy if you are in shape. Uphill most of the way.

Friday, May 06, 2016

One of my favorite spots to hike with our dog and kindergartener.

Friday, April 29, 2016

This trail is great as it basically circumnavigates the entire 2,000 acre park, using four trails or a stretch along Lake Michigan. By doing the loop, our walk took us through forests, up and over sand dunes and just above the beaches, then back to the car by heading over the sand dunes once again.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

First time to the lake shore and the wind was blowing good so the waves had a lot of white caps which made it spectacular. Loved the dunes. Mt. Randal loop trail is done by combining four trails.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

easy access

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Great Place to Hike or walk or run it can get a little busy during the summer when all the tourists come to the park but the fall and winter are brautiful walking the dunes in the winter with not another soul for miles is a feeling you cant get anywhere else.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Not ce

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

This park is less than an hour from my house and is a pleasure to hike no matter what season it is. There are so many trail, you can hike a new one everyone you go. We have hiked sand dunes, marshes, and canopied trails here. Anytime you make a hike out to the beach, it is always tough finding the trail head to make it back. We have done the big loop 4 times and everything's we turn inland to early.

Warren Dunes also have some of the best camp grounds I've seen in my area. They are always clean, the staff is friendly, and there is a great separation from the primitive to the electric sites.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

What a great place to spend your time and energy! Lots of fun with plenty of activities for everybody.

Monday, January 19, 2015

It was a bit warm and therefore slushy when we ventured out, but we had a lovely time nonetheless. We started along one of the hiking trails in the SE corner of the dunes and took that about a mile and a half, tracing through woods and alongside a stream. As a beginner, I appreciated the lack of hills along this route, instead focusing on getting a good glide going. We'll definitely be back for a quick weekend ski trip!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Love this trail and this park. Avoid the Chicago crowds and gross views of the nuclear power plant and smokestacks at National Dunes and go to Warren Dunes instead. Great easy and challenging trails. Camping good.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

A lot of sand/sand dune hiking. Spots can be exhausting, but the view is worth it.

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