Ride, Hike, and Ski the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail

This is the only bicycle trail in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. In winter it is groomed for cross-country skiing (both classic and skating styles) and snowshoeing. It is mostly paved, but has a short section of packed gravel through the Port Oneida Rural Historic District. The trail spans about 22 scenic miles between Empire and Bohemian Road (CR-669).

Winter Ski Conditions

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

A little fresh snow makes conditions better.

Groomers were out today between Glen Haven and Empire. The fresh snow and Ginzu groomer allowed them to get a good, soft surface with classic tracks.

Ski conditions are best between Glen Arbor and Glen Haven and from Empire to the Dune Climb. Trail is icy between Glen Haven and the Dune Climb.

We do not groom from Port Oneida Road to Bohemian Road (CR-669) because much of the trail in this section is very close to M-22 and snowplows throw sand and salt on the trail.

We do not plan to groom again this week unless we get more fresh snow than predicted!

Glen Arbor to Glen Haven
Groomed yesterday – Classic tracks and corduroy – conditions very good!
Glen Haven to Dune Climb
Groomed today – Trail is still icy from Glen Haven heading toward the Dune Climb until you enter the woods. Trail is also icy when you come out of the woods near the Dune Climb.
Dune Climb to Empire
Groomed today – Trail is in good condition from Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive both directions. The trail gets icy just before you reach the Dune Climb and just as you leave the woods north of Bar Lake Road.
Glen Arbor to Port Oneida Road
Last groomed 1/8/2018 – light snow over icy base 
Port Oneida Road to CR-669
Ungroomed – backcountry ski and snowshoe tracks. May be icy!

Palmer Woods
Last groomed 1/8/2018. Light snow over icy base.

The section of trail between the Dune Climb and Scenic Drive has some driveways and steep hills.

For more information about winter use of the SBHT, including Fat-Tire Bikes, check out our Winter Page.

Trail Maps and Trip Planning

CLICK HERE for the Interactive Map. CLICK HERE for a printable map.   CLICK HERE for a printable Ski Map.

Paper maps are available for a $2.00 donation at the following locations. These donations are used for Trail maintenance and operations – including ski grooming.

  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Visitor Center in Empire
  • The Cannery Boat Museum in Glen Haven
  • DH Day Campground, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
  • The Cottage Book Shop, Glen Arbor
  • The Cyclery, Glen Arbor
  • Northwoods Hardware, Glen Arbor
  • Empire Outdoors, Empire
  • Grocer’s Daughter Chocolates, Empire

Trail Etiquette:

  • Stay to the RIGHT, alert others when passing on their left.
  • DO NOT block the trail when stopped – move to the side.
  • Cyclists ride single file when other users are present.
  • Please wear a helmet for your safety.
  • Dispose of all trash and animal waste in trash receptacles.
  • Stay on the trail, respect plants and wildlife.
  • Respect Private Property – Stay on the Trail




For more information about the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, browse the following pages:

Detailed Description of the SBHT – What can I expect segment by segment?

Bike Rentals near the SBHT
Glen Arbor: The Cyclery
M-109 near Dune Climb: Duneswood Resort
Empire: Empire Outdoors, Surf and Kayak Shop

Try the Bike-n-Ride by BATA – leave your car at home and ride the BATA to the trail.

SBHT Ambassadors: What is a Trail Ambassador? How can I become one?

Who is using the SBHT? Annual trail use surveys and automated trail counters help us know who is using the trail.

How did the SBHT get built? Learn about the history of the trail.

Support the SBHT – We need your financial support to continue building trail segments and to maintain the trail.

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The Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail receives financial support for operations and maintenance from the Empire Chamber of Commerce and the Glen Lake Chamber of Commerce and local businesses. Click here to see the whole list of businesses providing their support.


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Here are a few pictures from the trail! Click on the thumbnail pictures to enlarge them. More pictures are available at our Flickr site.