Old Baldy, Sleeping Bear Dunes NL, Leelanau County (2-7-09) - dwhike
Old Baldy Path

Old Baldy - Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

After nearly three months of below freezing weather I couldn't waste a day in the upper 30's indoors. I'd been wanting to get back out to Sleeping Bear but had been waiting for a clear day to do it. I almost got my wish...

Old Baldy sits just south of Empire and is technically a southern extension of the more well-known Empire Bluffs to the north. The trail had a nice mix of scenery as well as a bit of history. On the way to the dune the trail passes the Old Treat Farmstead, which dates back to the 1880's. The park service has maintained many of the original buildings though none are open to the public. After a bit of time on the farm I wandered over to Old Baldy for some dune climbing. The views over the open lake were, as always, beautiful as were the views inland once I reached the top. A nice spring-teaser hike...

Trailhead GPS Coordinates:  44.792909, -86.057862

Route Type:  Lollipop

Difficulty:  MODERATE

Mileage Hiked: 2.0 miles

Trailhead Temp: 39'F

Min. Elevation: 765'

Max Elevation: 1030' 

Trails Used (blaze color): Old Baldy (unblazed), Treat Farm (unblazed)