ElevationAscent: 454' 138 m
Descent: -453' -138 m
High: 830' 253 m
Low: 594' 181 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 15% (9°)
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“A strenuous route over sandy terrain includes cresting 9 sand dunes to reach Lake Michigan.”— Jeff Menaker
Family Friendly Ther is a large parking area, visitor center, restrooms available in the parking lot. Many families focus on the initial dune climb rather than the entire trail, as it's a great goal for youngsters.
After cresting the last dune, the trail reaches a small sandy beach where visitors will be rewarded with the ability to swim in the cool waters of Lake Michigan.
Once you've had your fill of the lake, return the same way that you came. As the trail approaches the initial climb, Glen Lake becomes visible. Hike down the initial climb to return to the parking lot.
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Land Manager: NPS Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore