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

Cottonwood Trail - Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

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!

Trailhead GPS Coordinates:  44.873258, -86.052197

Route Type:  Loop                          Difficulty:  MODERATE

Hike Length: 1.5 miles                     Hike Duration: 1:00

Trailhead Temp: 80'F                     Trail Traffic:  25-50 people

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

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

Trails Used (blaze color):  Cottonwood Trail (green)