• Activities:

    Camping, Photography, Swimming, Backpacking, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    4 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    200 Feet

Bathrooms
Beach
Forest
Lake
Scenic

You will be rewarded with a Quiet and remote area with Close access to the beach. Also, bring your camera for some Great sunset shots.

This is one of the cheapest ways to stay near Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore overnight. You'll have access to the beach right near your campsite. It's remote enough to be quiet, and it's not a very long hike.

There are only 6 campsites available, and they come on a first come, first serve basis. You'll have to register at the Platte River campground office. You'll also have to have a Sleeping Bear Dunes pass in order to park your car on Peterson Road. Expect Peterson Road parking lot to be full in the summer, since people come here to go to the beach as well.

From the road, backtrack until you find the trailhead on the left, and then follow that for 2 miles. Take a right until you see another trailhead that will lead you into the campground on the left. There is only 1 fire pit, which is on site 2. They do have a bear locker since there have been bear sightings in that area.

For a nice day hike from the campground, take the trail around Bass Lake.

Click here for map of the national lakeshore and the campground.

Pack List

  • Backpack with all essentials
  • There are trees so you can sleep in hammocks
  • Bug spray during summer months
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wendy wernet

I love traveling and photography, and to be able to combine the 2 is a great experience.

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