Vol XXI – #39 – Sleeping Bear Dunes Lake Michigan Trail

Report #7013 Photo: LR-11-20-21


Mostly Cloudy
7:59 am5:03 pm EST
Feels like: 30°F
Wind: 8mph N
Humidity: 81%
Pressure: 29.83"Hg
UV index: 0

 JB99399I’ve said it before, what a difference a day makes! I’ve never taken the hike all the way down to the big lake from the Sleeping Bear Dune climb before, so I took the opportunity today with bright blue skies and, better late than never, some puffy white clouds. I always thought this path ended at a steep dune next to the lake, but it’s a pretty direct path to the water. 3.6 miles round trip through sand is a slow hike, but worth it. A warning for anyone going to the lake, there are many points where you swear you are getting close, then you crest a hill and it seems like there is another couple miles to hike. Once you start hearing the waves, you are close.

Note: If you would like to get a calendar in town, Leelanau Books has a stack of them.

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The 2022 Leland Report Calendar is now available at the link below. $15.95 for the calendar and if you buy a book with it, it’s only $5.00! Images by Keith Burnham, Meggen Watt Petersen, and Jim Burnham.

Click here to go to the Calendar order page

Thanks to everyone who has supported our project throughout the years. We all know how special and “one-of-a-kind” this area is and we have enjoyed bringing out that uniqueness in our images. Love to you all! -Keith and Jim

Burnham Graphic Arts: Specialty Items &emdash; 2022 Leland Report Calendar (PreOrder)


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Bonnie Vredeveld
Bonnie Vredeveld
2 years ago

Awesome pictures.

Dick, in Rankin
Dick, in Rankin
2 years ago

Your great cloud pix almost caused me to over look the sand patterns. Nice !

Robert Cordes
Robert Cordes
2 years ago

Such special photos. You are fortunate to be there for a gorgeous day. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone, Bob

2 years ago

Beautiful day..Thanks for sharing!!