Sleeping Bear Dunes - Dunes Trail

This trail is good for Hiking

  • Length: 1.8 mi
  • Surface: Natural
  • Organization: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
  • Trail Website:

Hiking through dune habitat is a unique experience and the wildflowers and Lake Michigan views along this trail can be spectacular. However, this is the park's most strenuous trail and hikers should be prepared. The trail is all sand and there are several dunes to climb along the trail. The hike starts at the base of the Dune Climb and goes out to Lake Michigan. Hikers then have to walk back, making it a 3.5 mile round trip that may take 2-4 hours depending on the weather and your physical condition. Sun protection, shoes and lots of water are critical. For more trail info and maps, check out


A Park Pass is required for all trail use within the Lakeshore: Fee Information.



Note: Not all sections of each trail are approved for every activity listed for the trail as a whole. Please click on individual trail sections to see approved activities for that section.

Map Legend

  • Trail Head
  • Historical Site
  • Beach
  • Natural Feature
  • Campground
  • Park
  • Cultural Interest
  • Scenic View
  • Educational Interest
  • Visitor Center
  • Emergency Care
  • Water Access
  • Fishing
  • Wildlife or Nature Viewing
  • Trail Friendly Business

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UV Index

Trail Documents

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