Empire Bluffs Trail Hike Route Map

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore - Empire Bluff Trail

Eager to get out and at least pretend to have spring on Spring Break I headed out to Sleeping Bear Dunes with my family. The kids had been absolutely itching to go hiking so the 1.5 mile round trip out to Empire Bluff seemed like a good first hike of the year. Relatively balmy temps in the mid-40's made it comfortable and the blue skies made for some fantastic scenery. Here's hoping spring is on its way...

Trailhead GPS Coordinates:  44.799153, -86.058490

Route Type:  Out-and-back

Difficulty:  EASY  (Petzoldt Rating:  1.76 )

Mileage Hiked: 1.5 miles

Trailhead Temp: 47'F

Min. Elevation: 875'

Max Elevation: 1,015' 

Total Elevation Gain:  130'

Trails Used (blaze color): Empire Bluff Trail (unblazed)


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