Warren Dunes Trail

MODERATE 173 reviews
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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.

Distance: 5.1 miles Elevation Gain: 275 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

beach

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

muddy

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.

hiking
17 days ago

Beautiful dunes and park! Trails are great and offer a variety of terrain and levels of challenge. There are trails going directly up the dunes that, depending on your fitness level, can be more challenging. Enter these from the beach parking lots. The less challenging trails are on the backside (wooded side) of the dunes and are accessed from the trailhead parking lot. Great example of dunes ecosystems. (Christmas Day Hike)

hiking
bugs
2 months ago

Been hiking here for 20 years. Love it. Really good workout! Bring water to drink. When you reach the lake , head to your right and hike along the lake til you reach a old lighthouse, walk up the dune behind the lighthouse and you will see the ruins of the old First Church Camp. Kinda creepy but beautiful. A fire shut the camp down many years ago. Beautiful place to hike also.

Nice trail. More difficult then moderate IMO. At least 2 miles are on beach/loose sand and over dunes.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail and what a workout!!! I modified and did an in and out along the shore because it was way too hot for my dogs to do all the dunes and no water to cool off. But regardless it was a great hike w amazing views of the lake!

hiking
4 months ago

Dunes. Nice condition. Native plants. Tough hike.

hiking
4 months ago

There was a branch blocking part and a tree blocking part of a bridge at marker 10. It was hard to navigate with two dogs. Other than that it was great!

hiking
4 months ago

The best hike

hiking
no shade
scramble
4 months ago

hiking
bugs
over grown
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Amazing hike!

hiking
bugs
muddy
5 months ago

Best time to hike here is fall to spring. Few tourists. Winter time you can hike the game trails for hours and never see another human. My dogs absolutely love it. Best views of lake around. Deer and wild turkey are seen frequently.

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail for us from Missouri! Sand dune hiking is no joke. The inclines are a great workout and running down the dunes is such a blast. You get a flat respite from point 3-4. We walked the beach back to our car and swam with our pup. Overall, great great great!

hiking
5 months ago

Hiked this trail today with my 5 and 7 year old daughters, my husband and our dog. In the sunny sections, the sand gets painfully hot, so be prepared. You’ll want lots of bug spray for the wooded sections. In some areas, the sand was very soft and deep which made the hiking quite challenging through those sections - but we had a great time!

hiking
5 months ago

Very difficult to find forested hiking trails in SW Michigan but this one did not disappoint. You get it all. Forested and secluded trails, very steep optional dune trails for the challenge, flatter dune trails along the beach with beautiful views. Very highly recommend! Bug spray, a hat and sunscreen (if fair skinned) are wise. And water of course.

hiking
6 months ago

I really enjoyed this trail. Beautiful views of forests, dunes, and Lake Michigan and just the right amount of difficulty!

hiking
blowdown
bugs
muddy
washed out
6 months ago

would do again...was VERY muddy in several spots..first loop starting by parking lot is impassable for now, very flooded. Good view of Lake Michigan though.

hiking
bugs
muddy
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Can be a somewhat muddy at the outset after a rain. A couple steep dune climbs could test your legs. Be prepared to traverse on crushed gravel, dirt paths, and heavy sand. My Lab Cali loved the payoff of a swim in Lake Michigan. Was unprepared for a late May mosquito onslaught. Poison Ivy is prevalent.

running
muddy
7 months ago

hiking
blowdown
bugs
muddy
7 months ago

running
blowdown
muddy
off trail
washed out
7 months ago

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