The next time you are Up North and want to exercise outside, take advantage of some of our serene hiking locations. Whether you are in Traverse City or in the Upper Peninsula, there are beautiful sights to see.
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore:
Hiking is just one of the many outdoor activities that Sleeping Bear Dunes has to offer other than, biking, swimming, climbing, kayaking, and many more. There are about 100 miles of trail offered, so there are many options to choose from, each with differing views. The most popular trail is the Dunes Trail to Lake Michigan, which is 3.5 miles long, and it can take around two to four hours to complete. The trail ends at the lake, so make sure that you bring some sunscreen and your swimsuit!
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore:
These sandstone cliffs are located right outside of Munising, Michigan in the Upper Peninsula. Pictured Rocks has over 100 miles of trails to hike around breathtaking Lake Superior. There are various trails that are less than a mile long, but the iconic 10 mile long trail is called Chapel Loop. This is the only trail where you can see the Pictured Rocks on land, so you have to be cautious walking along the cliff’s edge. Make sure to bring some water and bug spray when you go on this hiking excursion.
Sugarloaf Mountain :
Located up in Marquette, Michigan, Sugarloaf Mountain is a gorgeous trail that takes about fifteen minutes to get to the top of. There is an easy option for the trail which takes you up multiple sets of stairs, and there is a more difficult side that takes you up more rough terrain. Once you get up there, there is a stunning view of Lake Superior and Hogsback Mountain.
Petoskey State Park:
If you are driving into the Petoskey State Park and take a right, you reach a .5 mile hike called ‘Old Baldy’. This trail is short and sweet and nice to do on hotter days when you don’t want to be outside for too long, but you still want to see a gorgeous, bird’s eye view of the bay, which is why it is named after a Bald Eagle. The Petoskey State Park also has many other trails, including Portage Trail that is one mile long. Make sure that you walk along the beach and find a Petoskey Stone after
Avalanche Mountain Preserve:
This hiking destination is located right past downtown Boyne City, and has a gorgeous view of Lake Charlevoix at the top! It is a steep walk up though, with 462 steps to the top. Once you get to the top, the way down has a trail back that is used for biking, jogging, archery, and disc golf.
Where do you like to hike in Northern Michigan? Share your favorite spots with us!