The Dune Climb
Most people envision the Dune Climb when they talk about visiting Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. This is the place you’ll want to take the kids! One of the nice things about the Dune Climb is you can climb until you’re tired and then turn around, enjoy the view, and take a leisurely walk back down. Bring lawn chairs and a picnic lunch. You can relax at the bottom of the dunes and watch the kids tire themselves out as they go up and down. The view from the top of the first dune is the best view and overlooks the Glen Lakes. A word of caution though – the Dune Trail continues 1.5 miles all the way to Lake Michigan and takes 3 to 4 hours round trip. Don’t get fooled into thinking you’ll be able to see Lake Michigan without hiking a good hour or so. The Dune Trail is a great experience but make sure you bring plenty of water and allow for plenty of time.
The Dune Climb is one of two stops within Sleeping Bear Dunes where you’ll need to show your Entry Pass. It’s also the most popular attraction at Sleeping Bear Dunes. The parking lot fills up fast during peak summer months so plan accordingly. There are picnic tables and modern restrooms located at the base of the dunes
The Dune Climb is located 3 miles north of Empire on M-109.
Thanks to our good friend Rutger Geerling for the fantastic photographs!