Hike Empire Bluff Trail

Empire Bluff Trailhead - Search Nearby - Added by Shalee Blackmer

Hike to great views of the Sleeping Bear Dunes Shoreline from the bluffs above Lake Michigan.

This moderately hilly boardwalk hike takes you to scenic viewpoints above Lake Michigan. The Sleeping Bear Dunes do not fail to impress, particularly at sunset.

Distance

2 Miles RT

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Photography, Hiking

Beach
Lake
Scenic

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Forgot the Best Part

The best part of this trail is the connection to the Treat Farm Trail. While I prefer to start at Treat Farm, you can continue south from the Empire Bluff along the ridge trail for more than a mile. A must do!

Stunning Lakeshore view

Super easy and short hike with a great view at the end. There is a parking lot and an outhouse, although both can be quite crowded during the summer.

Do It In The Fall

One of my favorite Michigan hikes during the fall! The colors are brilliant and the view from the lookout it breathtaking.

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