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Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail – Sleeping Bear Dunes

Winter on the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail is special. Light fluffy snow covering the trees and trail make it ideal for photography, skiing, or snowshoeing through a secluded winter wonderland! Most of the trail is groomed in the winter with a corduroy base for skate skiing, snowshoeing, and classic tracks on the outside for classic cross-country skiing.

The SBHT is groomed by the Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes. The cost of grooming is paid through donations from people like you! Please click here to support the trail.

If you want to be on the SBHT Winter Ski Condition e-mail Report, click here to request being added to the list.

CLICK HERE for a printable Ski Map. CLICK HERE to download the SBHT Ski Brochure.

Trail Parking

Trailhead parking is available on Forest Haven Road in Glen Arbor, Glen Haven, the Dune Climb, Pierce Stocking Drive, and the corner of Voice Rd and Bar Lake Rd on the north end of Empire. The section of trail north of Glen Arbor has trailhead parking at Crystal View Trailhead, the Bay View Trailhead on Thoreson Road, and on Port Oneida Road.

Trail Description

The trail from Glen Arbor to the Dune Climb (4 miles) is relatively flat with beautiful scenery. A loop trail through DH Day Campground and a loop just south of the Dune Climb have been added this year. You will have to remove your skis to cross M-109 and in Glen Haven.

The section from Empire to Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive (3 miles) is also beautiful, but has more challenging slopes. This section will be groomed without classic tracks because of the hills. It will be about 10 feet wide corduroy.

The trail north of Glen Arbor – from Crystal View trailhead to Port Oneida Road is open for skiing. This section will be groomed in 2016-2017. There is also trailhead parking on Thoreson Road at the Bay View trail parking lot.

The newest section of trail from Port Oneida Road to Bohemian Road (CR-669) is open for skiing but is not groomed. Some areas of this section are so close to the highway that snowplows throw sand and salt on the trail.

Etiquette for Fat-Tire Bikes on the SBHT

  • Please do not ride on the SBHT if conditions are too soft. If you are leaving a rut deeper than an inch, having a hard time riding in a straight line, or pushing your bike, the snow is too soft and you should not ride your bike on the trail.
  • Tires must be 3.7″ or bigger.
  • Tire pressure must be under 8 psi.
  • Do not ride on classic tracks.
  • Bikes yield to skiers.
  • Give skate skiers a wide berth.
  • Be an ambassador for the sport – stay polite, educate other bikers, discourage bad behavior, follow the rules, support grooming, and we’ll all have a good time this winter.

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Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes On Facebook

Below are the latest postings from the Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes Page On Facebook.

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Tuesday April 16th, 2019 - 12:10 pm

Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes

Broken pieces of glass discovered on Good Harbor Beach at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.Warning: Broken Glass Found on the beach in Good Harbor

Large quantities of broken glass have been found on the Lake Michigan beach near Good Harbor Picnic Area.

“I am outraged by this act that is clearly intended to injure visitors to the National Lakeshore. Thousands of pieces of broken glass do not appear on the beach without malicious intent. I hope our visitors and the local community can help identify the person or persons who would deliberately harm our beachgoers, including children.”

Superintendent Scott Tucker

Glass containers are not allowed on park beaches. Anyone with information about this glass incident is asked to contact Leelanau District Ranger Andy Blake at 231-326-4805 or email at andrew_blake@nps.gov.

www.nps.gov/slbe/learn/news/dangerous-glass-found-on-lakeshore-beach.htm
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Broken pieces of glass discovered on Good Harbor Beach at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

 

Comment on Facebook

Has any been found in the water?

When you catch them see if they would like to walk barefoot through them. 😡

How do you volunteer to help?

is there a clean up planned?

Is someone trying to create beach glass?

Someone did this at Cheboygan SP beach last summer. It was awful, we picked up piles of broken glass from the water and sand. It was a miracle none of our kids were hurt.

What is WRONG with people! This makes me sick inside

WTH is wrong with people???

What in the world!? Why?!

That is a crime!

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Sunday April 14th, 2019 - 10:05 am

Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes

Watch for woodcocks in open fields at dusk over the next few weeks to see their amazing spectacle!This odd looking bird is an American Woodcock. Their long beak plucks worms from the mud and their eyes are perfectly situated to spot danger from behind when probing.

At dusk in the spring the males perform an amusing mating dance. They start by walking in circles making a nasal "peent" call, then rise into the sky in a corkscrew pattern, wing beats whistling in the air. They finish by fluttering back to the starting point to begin the process again. The dance can last 15 minutes, or all night if the weather cooperates!

Check the park's open fields at dusk in the next few weeks for a glimpse of this amazing spectacle!
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Watch for woodcocks in open fields at dusk over the next few weeks to see their amazing spectacle!

 

Comment on Facebook

They are so fun to watch!

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Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail – Photo Gallery via Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes on Facebook (Click on photos for captions & slideshow view)

Snowshoe Hike on the new Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail…

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