HIKE AROUND THE SLEEPING BEAR
Take in the Sleeping Bear Dunes like most have never seen them before—from the flip side. Hike over the dune climb while taking in a view of the Manitous, and simply follow the shore north. You'll find some superb views along the way, and hopefully Glen Haven...eventually.
COORDINATES: Start: 44.8829, -86.0426 Finish: 44.9094, -86.0393
LEVEL: Intermediate (Some effort, moderate to strenuous activity)
TIME: Medium (A few hours to half a day)
TOTAL HIKING DISTANCE: 4.1miles
ACCESSIBILITY: Easy (parking on site, kid friendly. No pets).
THINGS TO DO:
Hiking, swimming, rock hunting, sand jumping
WHEN TO GO: Morning or evening or in cooler weather to avoid the sun
HOW TO GET THERE:
Park at the main Dune Climb in Sleeping Bear National Park (directions here). Hike up the dune and out to Lake Michigan. Turn right at the lake and hike about 4 miles until you see trails along the shore—this marks Glen Haven Beach. You'll need to arrange for transportation by either dropping a car off in Glen Haven or having a friend pick you up.
WHAT TO BRING: Plenty of drinking water, sunscreen, snacks, shoes.
OPTIONAL SIDE TREK: The historic village of Glen Haven has tons for history buffs, including blacksmith demonstrations. Why not spend time there first, and do the hike backwards?
KICK IT UP A NOTCH: Our field researcher Grant says to kick it up a notch, "Forget to bring shoes and suffer like I did!" but we have a better idea. Drop off some bikes in Glen Haven before you go, and ride the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail back to your car to experience one of the best stretches of biking trail in the area.
TIPS: Bring shoes! Sand will get hot and many areas are covered in pebbles. Make sure you get your Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park Pass ahead of time. Make sure you stock up on food, as the nearest restaurants or convenience stores are a couple miles away in Glen Arbor.
DUNES, WOODS, WATER CREW
The three elements that make up the uniqueness of northern Michigan—dunes, woods, and water—can all be found on this hike, and on this rad shirt. Michigan, represent.