Snowshoe / XC

Winter is an excellent time to explore the lakeshore on snowshoes or cross-country skis! If you’ve never experienced the dunes covered in sparkling snow—especially on a full moon evening—then you’re missing something spectacular!

Use your own equipment or rent gear at an outfitter in town. The popular Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail is groomed for both classic track and skate skiing, though other ski trails are not groomed, they are usually well-tracked by previous skiers. Remember, pets are not allowed on these trails from December 1 through March 31.


Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail

This paved, multi-use trail spans over 20 gorgeous miles from Empire to Glen Arbor and beyond.

Windy Moraine Trail

As you enjoy this rolling, scenic trail overlooking Glen Lake think about the mile-thick glacier that covered this area over 10,000 years ago.

Platte Plains Trail

Three loops ranging from 3.5 miles to 6.3 miles take you to several Lake Michigan access points and to Bass Lake, Otter Lake, and Otter Creek. White Pines backcountry campground is located on this trail system.

Old Indian Trail

Snowshoe through the woods to the dunes near Lake Michigan. For an easier trip take the Green Arrow loop. If your up for more of a challenge, set you course along the Black Arrow loop. You might want to take off your snowshoes when you get to the dunes and walk down to the beach. Be careful of ice on the beach.

Shauger Hill

You will get a workout on this trail! Steep hills through densely forested areas make for a challenging but rewarding ungroomed trail. The trailhead is located at the parking area at the entrance to Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive.