Sleeping Bear Dunes - Pyramid Point
Pyramid Point is yet another of Sleeping Bear's massive lakeside dunes. Located in the northern half of the lakeshore, Pyramid Point rises over 300' directly from the waters of Lake Michigan. So steep is the terrain (and so reliable is the wind) that hang gliding off the point has become quite popular here. Understandably then, the view is to die for. Overlooking the Manitou Passage as it does the two 'cubs' of Sleeping Bear legend, North and South Manitou Islands, are clearly visible across the blue-green waters. All this for a short and relatively easy hike.
I had been to Pyramid Point many, many times prior to this when I lived a bit closer so it was a natural place to choose to revisit. The 0.6 mile trail ascends from the parking area through a young northern hardwood forest at an easy to moderate grade. Though the Pyramid Point Trail itself is a 2.7 mile loop, we'd only be taking the quick trip to the overlook via a short spur trail 0.4 miles in. There's a lot of great hiking trails to choose from in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore...take it from me and from the pics that follow, this one should be near the top of the list...come on along...
Trailhead GPS Coordinates:44.962152, -85.930062
Route Type: Out-and-back Difficulty: MODERATE
Hike Length: 1.2 miles Hike Duration: 0:45
Trailhead Temp: 45'F Trail Traffic: 1-5 people
Min. Elevation: 715' Max. Elevation: 940'
Total Vertical Gain: 225' Avg. Elevation Gain / Mile: 375'
Trails Used (blaze color): Pyramid Point Trail (unblazed)