Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive - North Bar Lake View

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore - 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!


Trailhead GPS Coordinates:  44.873258, -86.052197

Route Type: Loop      Difficulty: EASY (Petzoldt Rating: 2.20 )      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)

8-28-2010