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Stunning Views of the lake

Worth the 15 min hike up hill. Dooo it!!!!!!! Beautiful views of the water. Use your GPS to find... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Dallas, Texas
Hidden Gem #1

The Pyramid Point Trail is off the beaten path but my husband and I would highly recommend checking... read more

Reviewed October 6, 2018
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Loop trail rated moderate in skill level takes hikers through three different environments : meadow, beach-maple forest and high bluffs overlooking Lake Michigan.
Empire, MI
+1 231-326-5134
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Worth the 15 min hike up hill. Dooo it!!!!!!! Beautiful views of the water. Use your GPS to find the parking lot for this spot it is a little hard on a map.

Thank sabinocanyoneluv
Reviewed October 6, 2018 via mobile

The Pyramid Point Trail is off the beaten path but my husband and I would highly recommend checking it out. We had no trouble finding the trailhead with the help of Google Maps. We felt the trail itself is relatively easy. The views are absolutely...More

Thank Set_Apart
Reviewed September 17, 2018

The initial walk to the point isn't bad at all.... then you look to the right and go "oh there's another trail!" We hiked to the point dunes, up the dunes, around the top of the dunes and then back through the woods. The view...More

Thank julielander
Reviewed September 2, 2018 via mobile

Getting to Pyramid Point can be slightly tricky...Once on the main road, you’ll be on a long stretch of road and you’ll pass up a few farms. Saw a few Sandhills cranes on the side of the road too. The trail is beautiful but steep....More

Thank Floreschicago
Reviewed August 26, 2018

We hiked with a group of 10. The whole hike and viewing time took about 2 1/5 hours. My husband has issue with his ankle but was able to complete the hike without a problem. Go early to avoid the crowds.

Thank Patty H
Reviewed August 21, 2018

As a local I first went to Pyramid Point when I was in 4th grade and since then I've been back upwards of 10-15 times. The Hike can be a bit challenging if your trying to head all the way to pyramid point as sand...More

Thank Colin R
Reviewed August 16, 2018

This trail is great if you want to skip the stair stepper in the morning. The steep incline provides a great workout and the view is your reward!

Thank WindyCityTravelBug
Reviewed August 14, 2018

This is one of the most beautiful spots in the entire state. Standing on top of Pyramid Point on a clear day offers a magnificent view. The hike up is steep but not too long. I recommend taking the complete hike if you can ,...More

Thank robd
Reviewed August 13, 2018

Just outside of Sleeping Bear Dunes, and within the national park's jurisdiction, is this short hike. Most of the 0.6 mile walk is shaded from the parking lot to the point lookout. A longer (less than 3 miles) hike is an option if you want...More

Thank Marian R
Reviewed August 12, 2018

Neat view of Manitou Islands and Lake Michigan. Short hike, shaded 200yards from parking lot. Stunning view from top of high dune. Kind of a small spot to overlook though. Got there just in time to see red faced and out of breath teen agers...More

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Katie G
July 21, 2017|
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Response from Sue J | Reviewed this property |
Not sure about dogs, but would assume, if they are on a leash would be OK. I can't imagine why they wouldn't be.
April 10, 2017|
Response from mcelenti | Reviewed this property |
You can apply for a back country hiking permit that allows you to hike and camp off the trails in the park. You can have a campfire on Good Harbor beach which is at the north end of the park . This is a popular thing to do... More
February 26, 2017|
Response from MaryDSmith | Reviewed this property |
No vehicles are allowed. For those who cannot hike, there are some beautiful overlooks on the Pierce Stocking Drive, which is near the town of Glen Arbor.