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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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Sunday November 10th, 2019 - 3:39 pm

Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes

A page from our book, The Life of the Sleeping Bear, “From high atop the Sleeping Bear Plateau, the appearance of Lake Michigan can change by the season, by the day, or by the hour...” something we know to be all too true!
We are taking pre-orders now and the book will be available in early December. Visit our website for more information and to purchase your copy today: friendsofsleepingbear.org/sleeping-bear-book/
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A page from our book, The Life of the Sleeping Bear, “From high atop the Sleeping Bear Plateau, the appearance of Lake Michigan can change by the season, by the day, or by the hour...” something we know to be all too true! 
We are taking pre-orders now and the book will be available in early December. Visit our website for more information and to purchase your copy today: https://friendsofsleepingbear.org/sleeping-bear-book/

Thursday November 7th, 2019 - 12:38 pm

Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes

Pierce Stocking Drive is officially closed for the season.
The Good News - with a little more snow, the trails will be groomed by our volunteers all season long for enjoying Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, and even Fat Tire Bikes.
Stay tuned for a link to our updated Heritage Trail Winter Page outlining which trail is the best for each activity. To sign up for our trail grooming reports, email: info@friendsofsleepingbear.org with the headline "Request for Winter Trail Reports" and you will be put on our list!11:50 am, Nov. 6th, 2019
The Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive is now closed to vehicle traffic for the upcoming winter season.

Visitors are welcome to hike, snowshoe, and ski the drive. Parking is available at the Shauger Hill Trailhead parking lot.

The annual reopening is tentatively planned for May 2020 depending on weather.

Image: A wooden covered bridge spans a snow-covered roadway.
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Pierce Stocking Drive is officially closed for the season. 
The Good News - with a little more snow, the trails will be groomed by our volunteers all season long for enjoying Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, and even Fat Tire Bikes. 
Stay tuned for a link to our updated Heritage Trail Winter Page outlining which trail is the best for each activity. To sign up for our trail grooming reports, email: info@friendsofsleepingbear.org with the headline Request for Winter Trail Reports and you will be put on our list!

Comment on Facebook

Would you also consider posting your trail reports to Northern Michigan Cross Country Ski Trail Reports?

James Cortright

Paul Latka

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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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