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Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail – Sleeping Bear Dunes

Winter on the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail is special. Light fluffy snow covering the trees and trail make it ideal for photography, skiing, or snowshoeing through a secluded winter wonderland! Most of the trail is groomed in the winter with a corduroy base for skate skiing, snowshoeing, and classic tracks on the outside for classic cross-country skiing.

The SBHT is groomed by the Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes. The cost of grooming is paid through donations from people like you! Please click here to support the trail.

If you want to be on the SBHT Winter Ski Condition e-mail Report, click here to request being added to the list.

CLICK HERE for a printable Ski Map. CLICK HERE to download the SBHT Ski Brochure.

Trail Parking

Trailhead parking is available on Forest Haven Road in Glen Arbor, Glen Haven, the Dune Climb, Pierce Stocking Drive, and the corner of Voice Rd and Bar Lake Rd on the north end of Empire. The section of trail north of Glen Arbor has trailhead parking at Crystal View Trailhead, the Bay View Trailhead on Thoreson Road, and on Port Oneida Road.

Trail Description

The trail from Glen Arbor to the Dune Climb (4 miles) is relatively flat with beautiful scenery. A loop trail through DH Day Campground and a loop just south of the Dune Climb have been added this year. You will have to remove your skis to cross M-109 and in Glen Haven.

The section from Empire to Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive (3 miles) is also beautiful, but has more challenging slopes. This section will be groomed without classic tracks because of the hills. It will be about 10 feet wide corduroy.

The trail north of Glen Arbor – from Crystal View trailhead to Port Oneida Road is open for skiing. This section will be groomed in 2016-2017. There is also trailhead parking on Thoreson Road at the Bay View trail parking lot.

The newest section of trail from Port Oneida Road to Bohemian Road (CR-669) is open for skiing but is not groomed. Some areas of this section are so close to the highway that snowplows throw sand and salt on the trail.

Etiquette for Fat-Tire Bikes on the SBHT

  • Please do not ride on the SBHT if conditions are too soft. If you are leaving a rut deeper than an inch, having a hard time riding in a straight line, or pushing your bike, the snow is too soft and you should not ride your bike on the trail.
  • Tires must be 3.7″ or bigger.
  • Tire pressure must be under 8 psi.
  • Do not ride on classic tracks.
  • Bikes yield to skiers.
  • Give skate skiers a wide berth.
  • Be an ambassador for the sport – stay polite, educate other bikers, discourage bad behavior, follow the rules, support grooming, and we’ll all have a good time this winter.

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Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes On Facebook

Below are the latest postings from the Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes Page On Facebook.

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Friday September 30th, 2022 - 3:07 pm

Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes

Don’t Forget - the Sleeping Bear Marathon will be taking place throughout the Empire and Glen Arbor area on local roads and the SB Heritage Trail from 7am to 2pm Tomorrow, Saturday October 1st.
See the Map for the Race Route and sleepingbearmarathon.com for more information.

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Don’t Forget - the Sleeping Bear Marathon will be taking place throughout the Empire and Glen Arbor area on local roads and the SB Heritage Trail from 7am to 2pm Tomorrow, Saturday October 1st. 
See the Map for the Race Route and sleepingbearmarathon.com for more information. 

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Tuesday September 27th, 2022 - 9:58 pm

Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes

Thank You to those who helped out this past weekend for National Public Lands Day.
Seven volunteers worked with 3 NPS staff members to make improvements on the Empire Bluff trail. This trail is one of the most popular trails in the National Lakeshore and it gets a lot of use during all seasons. Because of a few steep sections, the park is continually repairing the trail due to erosion and during winter, those steep sections can be treacherous when foot traffic and weather create icy conditions.

The new reroute effort and repairs on the rest of the trail will significantly improve both erosion resistance and safety.

#NationalPublicLandsDay
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Thank You to those who helped out this past weekend for National Public Lands Day. 
Seven volunteers worked with 3 NPS staff members to make improvements on the Empire Bluff trail. This trail is one of the most popular trails in the National Lakeshore and it gets a lot of use during all seasons. Because of a few steep sections, the park is continually repairing the trail due to erosion and during winter, those steep sections can be treacherous when foot traffic and weather create icy conditions.

The new reroute effort and repairs on the rest of the trail will significantly improve both erosion resistance and safety.

#nationalpubliclandsday 
#sleepingbeardunes #traversecitymichigan #volunteer

Sunday September 25th, 2022 - 6:42 pm

Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes

The Sleeping Bear Marathon is still seeking Volunteers to help with the race-day operation this Saturday, October 1st. And every volunteer that mentions that the Friends of Sleeping Bear sent them, the race will donate to our trail maintenance projects!
They are specifically are looking for more day of packet pickup, finish line volunteers and a couple of aid stations including the 5K station. Sign-up on their website or through the volunteer link is runsignup.com/Race/Volunteer/MI/Empire/SleepingBear
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The Sleeping Bear Marathon is still seeking Volunteers to help with the race-day operation this Saturday, October 1st. And every volunteer that mentions that the Friends of Sleeping Bear sent them, the race will donate to our trail maintenance projects! 
They are specifically are looking for more day of packet pickup, finish line volunteers and a couple of aid stations including the 5K station. Sign-up on their website or through the volunteer link is https://runsignup.com/Race/Volunteer/MI/Empire/SleepingBear

Friday September 23rd, 2022 - 8:45 am

Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes

Happy First Day of Fall! 🍁
MLive Fall Color Tracker estimates our colors to start to peek by October 7-14th, this photo taken the third week of October last year.
Check out our website for updates, activities, and references for visitation like trail maps to help client lab your fall visit.
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Happy First Day of Fall! 🍁
@mlivenews Fall Color Tracker estimates our colors to start to peek by October 7-14th, this photo taken the third week of October last year. 
Check out our website for updates, activities, and references for visitation like trail maps to help client lab your fall visit.

Comment on Facebook

Can’t wait to see the color!!

Janet Braunstein Brian Koehler

Jon Woo Bryan 😍😍😍

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Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail – Photo Gallery via Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes on Facebook (Click on photos for captions & slideshow view)

Snowshoe Hike on the new Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail…

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