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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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Saturday May 23rd, 2020 - 12:26 pm

Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes

We received a wonderful note from a visitor who explored the Kettles Trail, one of the Park's rustic trails and the newest! This is a wonderful location ripe with spring flowers and is more secluded from the lakeshore.

Read the full comment and article about exploring the Kettles in the Spring on our site and learn how you can plan your visit now that the trails in the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore are OPEN!

friendsofsleepingbear.org/kettles-in-spring/
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We received a wonderful note from a visitor who explored the Kettles Trail, one of the Parks rustic trails and the newest! This is a wonderful location ripe with spring flowers and is more secluded from the lakeshore. 

Read the full comment and article about exploring the Kettles in the Spring on our site and learn how you can plan your visit now that the trails in the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore are OPEN! 

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Thursday May 21st, 2020 - 5:25 pm

Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes

Can you guess what we have been busy doing?

Beginning Friday, May 22, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore will reopen access to:

✅ Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail
✅ All park hiking trails and trailheads
✅ Picnic areas
✅ Boat launches
✅ Dune Climb
✅ Vault Toilets

The following remains CLOSED:

🚫 The Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire
🚫 All campgrounds and camping
🚫 Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive
🚫 All museums and indoor exhibits
🚫 Full service restrooms

CDC guidelines should continue to be practiced; maintain safe distancing, avoid overcrowding and wear face coverings. Be sure to #recreateresponsibly by parking only in designated areas, disposing of trash in garbage cans or pack out, avoid high risk activities, and seek another location to recreate if you encounter a crowded trailhead or overlook.

Visit: www.friendsofsleepingbear.org for more information and if you are out and about don’t forget to tag us in your photos!
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Can you guess what we have been busy doing?

Beginning Friday, May 22, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore will reopen access to:

✅ Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail
✅ All park hiking trails and trailheads
✅ Picnic areas
✅ Boat launches
✅ Dune Climb
✅ Vault Toilets

The following remains CLOSED:

🚫 The Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire
🚫 All campgrounds and camping
🚫 Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive
🚫 All museums and indoor exhibits
🚫 Full service restrooms

CDC guidelines should continue to be practiced; maintain safe distancing, avoid overcrowding and wear face coverings.  Be sure to #recreateresponsibly by parking only in designated areas, disposing of trash in garbage cans or pack out, avoid high risk activities, and seek another location to recreate if you encounter a crowded trailhead or overlook.

Visit: www.friendsofsleepingbear.org for more information and if you are out and about don’t forget to tag us in your photos!Image attachment

Comment on Facebook

Great news! The Dune Climb was already being used on Wednesday...people were parking on the road and walking in....

Robert Monroe trails are open for ya go take some pictures+

Tuesday May 19th, 2020 - 1:58 pm

Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes

Have you picked up your copy of "Life of the Sleeping Bear" yet?

Visit friendsofsleepingbear.org/sleeping-bear-book/ today!Throughout the month of May, when you order a copy of "Life of the Sleeping Bear" from the Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes website, you'll get a free print of this gorgeous picture of the Lake Michigan Overlook. Perfect for anyone (everyone) who is missing Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Order info here: friendsofsleepingbear.org/sleeping-bear-book/
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Have you picked up your copy of Life of the Sleeping Bear yet?

Visit https://friendsofsleepingbear.org/sleeping-bear-book/ today!

Comment on Facebook

Good book! I enjoyed reading about the historical roots of the area. My grandfather built a cottage on Good Harbor Bay in the early 70’s. Spent many wonderful memories in the area.

Our copy just arrived today. Thank you to all who participated in this book. It is awesome. I can’t wait to sit down and read from front to back. Excellent

Is this book for sale anywhere in Empire or Glen Arbor In any of the stores ?

Wednesday May 13th, 2020 - 8:31 pm

Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes

Even Mr. Darcy loves The Life of the Sleeping Bear and how he can visit his favorite spot even while he is snuggled at home.

Learn more about our book and how you can get your paws on a copy on our site friendsofsleepingbear.org/book-media/
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Even Mr. Darcy loves The Life of the Sleeping Bear and how he can visit his favorite spot even while he is snuggled at home. 

Learn more about our book and how you can get your paws on a copy on our site https://friendsofsleepingbear.org/book-media/
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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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