• Looking out at the lake

    Sleeping Bear Dunes

    National Lakeshore Michigan

Old Indian Trail

Distance

There are two loops, each about 2.5 miles long

Terrain

Green Arrow Loop is flat to gently rolling.

Black Arrow Loop has sections of steep hills and sharp curves.

Vegetation

Evergreens and hardwoods

Comments

The trail leads to a view of Lake Michigan

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Old Indian Trail Map
Old Indian Trail Map
NPS Map 2006
 
Old Indian Trail

Trail through the Maple-Beech Forest.

Kerry Kelly 2007

Old Indian Trail has two loops of about 2.5 miles in length. It is also a popular cross country ski and snowshoe trail. Most of the trail runs through maple-beech forest. There is a short hike through the beach dunes to Lake Michigan near the junction of the two loops.
 
Trail through the Dunes to Lake MI

Trail through the dunes to Lake Michigan on the Old Indian Trail.

Kerry Kelly 2007

The trail leads through the beach dunes to Lake Michigan. Note that the drifting sand has almost buried the trail post (blue-tipped post).
 
Beach Dunes to Lake MI

Old Indian Trail spur to Lake MI

Kerry Kelly 2007

The view from the top of the dune looking out to Lake Michigan near where the two loops connect.

Did You Know?

Night Sky

The night sky is vital to many plants and animals that call Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore home and it holds a variety of meanings for many cultures. An unpolluted night sky is especially valuable to humans wishing to experience natural darkness, shooting stars, or the Milky Way.