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We found out about this trail from the Traverse City Visitors Center. They gave us detailed maps of all the trails in the Sleeping Bear Dune National Park, making a suggestion that we started with the Empire Bluff Trail...it was labeled as a moderate trail,...More
This is a beautiful place. One of Michigan's jewels and well worth the trip. There is a wonderful hotel right there in Empire called the Empire Lake Shore Inn. The hotel is quaint and affordable and the staff is amazing. It is a small town...More
Bluff trail takes about 15-20 minutes to get to the Bluff from the parking lot. The walk is well worth the effort. Along the way you can stop and view the Sleeping Bear Dune in the distance. At the end of the trail at the...More
This was the first time my husband and I hiked the Empire Bluff Trail. We felt the trail itself was relatively easy but could be difficult for some people. The views were absolutely stunning. Words can’t even describe how beautiful and peaceful it was up...More
We hit this trail first thing in the morning and were the only ones out there on the way out. The hike is pretty easy although there is a bit of an uphill slope most of the way. Since we were the only ones around...More
Response from shannonlerae | Reviewed this property |
It never used to be, but now there’s a paved parking lot and a jiffy john :) The whole area has gotten more popular and more publicized, so I would call the Parks office and see what they are doing about that these days.
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.