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Ok so no strollers. It is an easy to moderate hike and fairly short but has steps. Very busy even on a weekday and the trail on either side has poison ivy. The views are killer and bring a lunch to enjoy looking over Lake...More
A must see when you are in Traverse city or nearby. The hike is free, the view is gorgeous, parking is easy. If you don't have much time a little more than an hour is enough or you can explore several hours.
Great little hike for families! It’s 1.5 miles round trip. Its got a few ups and downs and a lot of obstacles (poles laid in path to prevent erosion). Do not bring a stroller! But my 4 year old did it with no problem. There’s...More
Take your time or hoof it. Either way the journey will delight all the way to spectacular view overlooking Lake Michigan.
A friend who lives there took us for the hike and it was a highlight of the trip.
The reward at the end of the trail is well worth it! The view along the Lake Michigan bluff is like no other that I have experienced along this magnificent coastline! The trail is an out and back trail that is about 1 1/2 miles...More
Awesome short hike.
This 1.5 mike round trip hike took about an hour with nice long time to enjoy the views at the end. Fairly easily hike with occasional up and down hills. Numerous families were able to complete the hike without issue.
It is a one and a half mile round trip according to the trail brochure. From the parking lot it starts the climb right away. I am a 66 yr old couch potato and was able to make it by stopping to catch my breath on the uphill... More
It is a one and a half mile round trip according to the trail brochure. From the parking lot it starts the climb right away. I am a 66 yr old couch potato and was able to make it by stopping to catch my breath on the uphill part of the trail. Fortunately, there are also downhill spots. Glad i did it because as everyone has said, it was beautiful. Some snow still on parts of the trail and very windy.
I would strongly recommend checking with your wife's doctors before venturing out. Depending on the amount of sand that covers the trails, it could be a challenging. I would definitely recommend using hiking poles for... More
I would strongly recommend checking with your wife's doctors before venturing out. Depending on the amount of sand that covers the trails, it could be a challenging. I would definitely recommend using hiking poles for stability.
If there is any concerns, there are other trails in the Sleeping Dunes that are nice and easier to manage. If you look up the Sleeping Bear Dunes website and search for hiking trails, you'll get the trail ratings. The Empire Trail is noted to be more of an advance trail.
Again, check with her doctor before partaking in any strenuous exercise.