• Looking out at the lake

    Sleeping Bear Dunes

    National Lakeshore Michigan

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Sleeping Bear Point Trail

Distance

Loop of 2.8 miles with a spur to Lake MI about 0.5 miles from the trailhead

Terrain

Rolling dunes

Vegetation

Dune grasses, shrubs, and wildflowers

Comments

This is a shorter and less strenuous trail through the dunes than the Dune Trail that starts at the Dune Climb. This also has a spur providing access to Lake Michigan.

 

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Dunes Trails
NPS Map 2006
 
Sleeping Bear Point Trail

View of Lake Michigan over the dunes on the Sleeping Bear Point Trail

Kerry Kelly 2006

The Sleeping Bear Point Trail is a 2.8 mile loop through the sand dunes with great views of Lake Michigan and South Manitou Island. There is a 0.5 mile spur hike from the trailhead to the Lake Michigan beach. It is less strenuous than the hike from the Dune Climb to Lake Michigan.
 

Did You Know?

Ferry to Islands

Sleeping Bear Dunes includes two large islands in Lake Michigan - North and South Manitou Islands. Take a day trip to South Manitou Island and explore the island village and lighthouse or take a motor tour of the farming district. If you go to North Manitou Island, plan to camp overnight! More...