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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 August 13th, 2019 - 1:21 pm

Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes

All summer we have been able to enjoy beautiful Friday mornings practicing yoga at the Glen Haven Beach with locals and visitors of all ages!
Here are a group of ladies from last week's practice - four families from the Chicago area, Milwaukee, Grand Rapids, and right here in Glen Arbor who vacation here together every summer. Some have been enjoying Beach Yoga all summer, and this week rallied everyone visiting to join in!
Thanks for coming, your donations help the Friends work on trail accessibility programs as well as go to our lovely instructor, Amy with Yoga on the Beach, Leelanau County, Northern Michigan

Join us through the remainder of August at 10am for a donation based all-levels practice. We meet by the Cannery Parking Lot.
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All summer we have been able to enjoy beautiful Friday mornings practicing yoga at the Glen Haven Beach with locals and visitors of all ages! 
Here are a group of ladies from last weeks practice - four families from the Chicago area, Milwaukee, Grand Rapids, and right here in Glen Arbor who vacation here together every summer. Some have been enjoying Beach Yoga all summer, and this week rallied everyone visiting to join in! 
Thanks for coming, your donations help the Friends work on trail accessibility programs as well as go to our lovely instructor, Amy with Yoga on the Beach, Leelanau County, Northern Michigan

Join us through the remainder of August at 10am for a donation based all-levels practice. We meet by the Cannery Parking Lot.Image attachment

Comment on Facebook

I would love this!!! Just lost our instructor and I’m missing that class big time!!!🥴🙏🏻

Fun! Fun...😅

Awesome

Debbie Smith

Tracey

Angela Joyce... let's do this!!!

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Saturday August 10th, 2019 - 3:45 pm

Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes

Thank you to all those who came by and showed their support -- and to the Friends volunteers who took a turn at providing information at our table top at this year’s Port Oneida Fair! Lots of folks enjoyed a demo ride on our track chair and contributed to our fund drive to add a second track chair. Please go here to show your support for our Track Chair Program either by donating much needed funds or to become a volunteer co-hiker. friendsofsleepingbear.org/programs/accessibility/track-chair/ ... See MoreSee Less

Friday August 9th, 2019 - 3:48 pm

Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes

Stop by our table top at the Port Oneida Fair -- Dechow Farm! We'll be there the rest of today and all day tomorrow. You can test drive our Track Chair -- it's amazing! ... See MoreSee Less

Stop by our table top at the Port Oneida Fair -- Dechow Farm! Well be there the rest of today and all day tomorrow. You can test drive our  Track Chair -- its amazing!

Comment on Facebook

That is amazing!!! Very nice!

Thursday August 8th, 2019 - 9:21 am

Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes

Here's the full coverage from The Weather Channel! ... See MoreSee Less

Comment on Facebook

idk if you all can fathom how much seeing that you got this chair for special needs people had made my day... I had been wanting to come to northern Michigan to see the sand dunes and maybe the Northern Ligts, but was discouraged that my daughter couldn't come & enjoy this, and with my 50th birthday coming up on the 14th I was really wanting to make this trip up there..... then I see a post about this awesome chair you got and it brought tears to my eyes... Now I can come, and bring her with me...That means soo much to me, to us and I am sure to soo many others too... What a Blessing. And a huge thank you to the people who advocated and funded this for families like ours... Thank you & hopefully we'll see ya'll really soon =) another step forward in breaking the barriers... whew-hew! #Teamwork #CaringForCiara #SpecialNeeds #MadeMyDay

This is awesome! Great job Jeanne Esch!

Great job Friends! ⭐️❤️

Awesome!!!!

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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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