Cottonwood Trail - Sleeping Bear Dunes NL, Leelanau County (8-28-10) - dwhike
Cottonwood Trail

The Cottonwood Trail is a 1.5 mile path off Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive in the Sleeping Bear Dunes. I had driven his route a couple times but never stopped here for some reason. What a place I missed out on! The trail winds through some truly unique dune landscapes as well as offering beautiful views over various parts of the lakeshore. Along with my trail pics I've also included some pics along the scenic drive loop. Enjoy!


Hike Length: 1.5 miles                     Hike Duration: 1:00

Trailhead Temp: 80'F

Min. Elevation: 960'                          Max. Elevation: 1,150'

Total Vertical Gain: 350'                  Avg. Elevation Gain / Mile: 233'


Directions to Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive entrance:

-Head north on M-22 from Empire for 2 miles to M-109 on the left.

-Follow M-109 for about 1.5 miles to Scenic Drive entrance on the left.