Many visitors do not go much further than the first sand dune. The hike through the dunes to Lake Michigan is quite peaceful. At the end of the trail is a narrow strip of sand along Lake Michigan. Along the hike to Lake Michigan, there are views of North and South Manitou Islands.
We intended to hike the trail, but after the first dune climb we opted not to. It is very strenuous so be very prepared if you want to hike all the way to Lake Michigan. It may only be 1.8 miles there but it is hard hard work. It was absolutely beautiful and the first dune climb is worth it... 更多
Check map and distance from National Park Visitor first before doing this. We kept saying "just up that dune and we will see the Lake".... It turned out to be a rather long and amazing hike. All of this was fine but I would have brought snacks and more water had I realized the distance. Wonderful views and great soft... 更多
My wife and I have hiked this trail a couple times, once in the late spring and most recently during the winter. Depending on your fitness level, this hike can be quite challenging as there is quite a bit of up and down as you make your way to the lake only to have to do it all over again... 更多
Even though we didn't make it all the way, it was great fun and a lot of work. The dunes were beautiful and we made it far enough that we could see Lake Michigan in the background. Bring water. Lots of it. I started in bare feet, but put on my tennis shoes later which I think was better to... 更多
This is so much fun but so much work!! Be sure and take water with you! There is a trail that will lead to Lake Michigan, but we were too tired to go that far. We went about a half mile past the sign that said 1.4 miles to go! We got to see the Lake even though we didn't... 更多
I've done this hike twice (fall 2014 and June 2015). Both times were great! It's actually "easier" if you do it in cold weather, and you need to bring less water with you. If you are planning on hiking all the way to the lake and back, be prepared that it will take around 3 hours. If you are really... 更多
We hiked this trail in August. The day we hiked was overcast - probably a good thing. IT would be... 更多