The Dune Climb

The Dune Climb is 2 miles north of Empire on M-109. You will find pure, wind-blown sugarsand dunes to climb and then run down.
Climbing the dunes is great exercise and there is a beautiful view of Glen Lake from the top. With the parking lot and picnic area at the base of the dune, you can stop climbing when you get tired and let gravity bring you back down.
This is a great playground for kids of all ages. The memories created here draw us to bring our children and grandchildren here to share the fun and create their own memories.
The Dune Center is the Visitor Center at the Dune Climb. It contains a park store and modern restrooms. A large picnic area is also available at the foot of the dunes.
Those who have a lot of energy can take a hike on the Dunes Trail to Lake Michigan. This is the most strenuous trail in the park. While only 3.5 miles round trip, it is all sand and you will find climbing the dunes all along the trail to be a challenge. This is especially true on hot, sunny days. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes and take lots of water. The hike is worth the effort, because you will see a variety of wildflowers and the sight of Lake Michigan is outstanding. Don’t forget, you have to walk back.
There is also an interpretive trail at the Dune Climb which identifies the local wildlife and shows how the dune is moving. The trail is handicap-accessible.


The Dune Climb is open 24 hours per day.

Entrance Fees:

Park Entrance Pass — $25.00 per private vehicle
Valid for 7 days from date of issue.
For entry into all areas of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

Annual Park Entrance Pass
— $45.00
Valid for 12 months.
For entry into all areas of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

For more information please contact Sleeping Bear Dunes Visitor Center at 231-326-5134 Email them directly.

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