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One of the iconic hiking trails within Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is the Sleeping Bear Point Trail.
The trailhead is near the Maritime Museum. The loop takes you to within sight of Lake Michigan (a trail spur takes you down to the edge of the water), along the back of the sleeping bear dune, then through a ghost forest, through the dunes, then a forested area, before returning to the trailhead.
The trail is labeled #9 at the top of this map
Check out some photos from my hike in the dunes.
A Merlin falcon hovered above me
Into the ghost forest
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