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The Best Hiking in Empire

Looking for the best hiking in Empire? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Empire. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top hiking spots in and near Empire

  • Honor, Michigan

    Hike Empire Bluff Trail

    5.0
    2 mi
    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.
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  • Honor, Michigan

    Winter Hike Empire Bluff Trail

    1.5 mi / 170 ft gain
    Just outside the village of Empire is where this venture starts. This hike may be the most famous hike in the area. The Empire Bluff Trail provides incredible views of the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes, South Bar Lake and Lake Michigan! The hike is slightly hilly, and stays primarily in the trees. At ...
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  • Honor, Michigan

    Empire Bluff Trail

    1.52 mi / 276 ft gain
    Empire Bluff Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Empire, Michigan.
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  • Empire, Michigan

    Sleeping Bear Dunes Overlook

    0.26 mi
    Located along the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive within Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, this lookout towers over Lake Michigan and provides sweeping vistas of the lake and the surrounding lakeshore and peninsula. After parking in the lot, head along the paved path to the overlook. Once the...
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  • Empire, Michigan

    Windy Moraine Loop

    1.47 mi / 299 ft gain
    Windy Moraine Loop is a loop trail that is good for all skill levels located near Empire, Michigan.
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  • Glen Arbor, Michigan

    Cottonwood Trail

    1.62 mi / 171 ft gain
    Cottonwood Trail is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Empire, Michigan.
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  • Glen Arbor, Michigan

    Hike Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    4.5
    3.5 mi
    There are two approaches to conquering the Dune Climb at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. You can run to the top (the preferred method for those under the age of 10). Or, you can slowly trek up the side of this seemingly vertical wall of sand, breathing and sweating heavily, cursing each l...
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  • Glen Arbor, Michigan

    Dune Climb Trail

    3.63 mi / 400 ft gain
    Dune Climb Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Glen Arbor Township, Michigan.
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  • Empire, Michigan

    Hike to Big Glen Lookout

    5.0
    4.4 mi
    Start at the Alligator Hill trail head and make your way up the hill for roughly .1 of a mile until you hit a marker. Turn left at the sign and keep on the trail for another 1.3 miles. You will hit a scenic lookout called Islands Lookout which you can stop and get pictures at. From there you will...
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  • Empire, Michigan

    Alligator Hill Trail

    4.89 mi / 745 ft gain
    Alligator Hill Trail is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Glen Arbor Township, Michigan.
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  • Honor, Michigan

    Platte Plains Loop Trail

    5.42 mi / 358 ft gain
    Platte Plains Loop Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Honor, Michigan.
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  • Honor, Michigan

    Camp at White Pine Campground

    4 mi / 200 ft gain
    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 ...
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  • Glen Arbor, Michigan

    Sleeping Bear Point Trail

    2.48 mi / 312 ft gain
    Sleeping Bear Point Trail is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Glen Arbor Township, Michigan.
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  • Glen Arbor, Michigan

    Hike the Ghost Forest Trail and the Dunes of Glen Haven

    3 mi
    Park your car at the Sleeping Bear Point Trailhead in Glen Haven, Michigan, once parked find your way to the sign for point of reference with the map. You'll find that the Ghost Forest Trail is a 2.8 mile loop. You can start the loop at the trailhead which is near the bathroom, or at the sign whe...
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  • Glen Arbor, Michigan

    Hike the Sleeping Bear Point Trail

    5.0
    2.8 mi
    The Sleeping Bear Point Trail is a 2.8 mile loop through the sand dunes with amazing views of Lake Michigan and South Manitou Island. There is a 0.5 mile spur hike from the trailhead to the Lake Michigan beach. It is less strenuous than the hike from the Dune Climb to Lake Michigan.   
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  • Honor, Michigan

    Lake Michigan via Platte River Campground

    1.35 mi / 46 ft gain
    Lake Michigan via Platte River Campground is an out-and-back trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Honor, Michigan.
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