Dune Climb - Sleeping Bear Dunes

Park, Scenic Lookout, and Trail
Glen Arbor
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  • Kelly B.
    "It takes a couple of miles to actually see Lake Michigan."(5 Tips)
    Em W.
    "Bring water - you'll want to continue on quite a ways..."(3 Tips)
    Chris M.
    "If you're out of shape, do the scenic drive instead."(2 Tips)
    Baylie B.
    "Hike to Lake Michigan in a little over an hour."(7 Tips)
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  • Rachel P.
    Rachel PerezJuly 8, 2013
    If you're climbing the dunes to reach the lake you have a long way to go, be sure you have lots of water, and good hiking shoes because the sand is extremely hot. Happy hiking.
  • Amy R.
    Amy RobertsonAugust 6, 2016
    It's relatively steep and you'll have tons of sand in you shoes, but it's a blast to run down! (The view of Glen lake is better from the scenic drive 3 miles south)
  • Chris M.
    Chris MAugust 3, 2013
    The first dune you see from the parking lot is only about a third of what you'll have to climb to see the lake. If you're out of shape, do the scenic drive instead.
  • Joanna C.
    Joanna C.August 5, 2016
    Lots of climbing uphill- 4 miles round trip, but the views are spectacular. 28 trail markers.
  • Heather
    HeatherJuly 20, 2016
    The view is incredible. The water is clear. The climbing is steep and the trail is long but worth it.
  • Shannon U.
    Shannon UllrichJuly 13, 2015
    DONT BRING GYM SHOES! You'll just end up taking them off because of the sand. Comfy sandals are a good idea.
  • J. F.
    J. FinchMay 4, 2013
    "Don't do a face plant in the sand! It's not a pleasant experience!" Cooper James (& he knows from personal experience). 8> )
  • Celeste C.
    Celeste ClarkSeptember 22, 2015
    this place is so cool. so much sand. I like sand a lot and this has a lot of it. good stuff. (5/5)
  • Em W.
    Em WilsonSeptember 16, 2014
    Bring water - you'll want to continue on quite a ways past where you can see from the bottom.
  • Carola W.
    Carola WüstAugust 14, 2014
    The view from the dunes is great. Bring good shoes for the climb on the sand :-)
  • Maddie P.
    Maddie PSeptember 12, 2012
    If you plan on hiking to lake michigan, you NEED to bring water.
  • Leeanne G.
    Leeanne GarrettAugust 19, 2011
    It's bigger than it looks. And the hike across to Lake Michigan is looong up and down hills.
  • Stephanie B.
    Stephanie B.August 21, 2011
    Note: It's a 3-4 hour hike to Lake Michigan from the bottom of the Dune Climb!
  • Shannon U.
    Shannon UllrichJuly 13, 2015
    I love the feeling of making it to the lake! It's a great exercise!
  • Yoli Z.
    Yoli ZJune 26, 2016
    Humbling on first impression. Quite the workout.
  • Travis
    TravisDecember 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Awesome in the winter for sledding! Very fast!
  • BigNell
    BigNellSeptember 16, 2014
    It was fun to climb the sand dunes as a kid
  • Karlis C.
    Karlis CarsJune 29, 2014
    It is a real challenge to go barefoot the whole thing. It's burning!!!
  • Erik L.
    Erik LambertMay 24, 2014
    Very cute. And a lot of fun. And gorgeous
  • Bob M.
    Bob MJuly 17, 2013
    Great exercise for the kids. They'll sleep well tonight!
  • Maddie P.
    Maddie PSeptember 12, 2012
    Hike it barefoot! Sand between my toes!
  • Drew W.
    Drew WilkesJune 25, 2013
    Run the dune, the lake side. It's worth the challenge
  • Baylie B.
    Baylie BettingerNovember 17, 2012
    People are nuts. Hike to Lake Michigan in a little over an hour.
  • Nina K.
    Nina KulinczenkoAugust 24, 2013
    Luv the sand in between my toes!
  • Amelia C.
    Amelia CarpenterJuly 2, 2013
    Run down as fast as you can! Bonus if you flip ;)
  • Elizabeth D.
    Elizabeth DeVosMarch 23, 2012
    Caution: trail is slippery when wet.
  • Pedro A.
    Pedro AlmeidaOctober 3, 2013
    The place to visit!
  • Annie A.
    Annie AJuly 17, 2016
    There are 28 markers on the way down to the beach
  • Kelly B.
    Kelly BergmanJuly 11, 2011
    It takes a couple of miles to actually see Lake Michigan. Read more
  • Sharon M.
    Sharon McRillJuly 3, 2010
    Bring water
  • Brian M.
    Brian MillerJune 6, 2010
    RUN!!!
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