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 18 scenic miles between Empire and Basch Road, with the Dune Climb, historic Glen Haven and the town of Glen Arbor along its route.

In October, 2016 a new 2.6-mile section opened from Basch Road to Bohemian Road (CR-669), about a mile from a beautiful public beach on Lake Michigan.

Wondering if you’ll like this trail? Check out the reviews on TripAdvisor.com.

Ski Conditions

We groom the SBHT from Glen Arbor to Empire when snow conditions allow. Ski conditions will be posted here whenever there is a change in conditions.

This winter, we will also groom from Crystal View Trailhead past the Homestead to Port Oneida Road. Because we have limited resources, we have prioritized the sections of trail to be groomed. The priorities for grooming are:

  1. Glen Arbor to Glen Haven – highest priority because most skiers use this section.
  2. Glen Haven to Dune Climb
  3. Dune Climb to Empire
  4. Crystal View TH to Port Oneida Road


Trail Maps and Trip Planning

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

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


CLICK for the Interactive Map

When you open the Interactive Map, you will notice tabs along the bottom of the screen. Click or touch the Features On/Off tab and select the things you want to show up on the map. As soon as you click on a feature type, it will appear. You can change this anytime by clicking on the Features On/Off tab and changing your selection.

Click the Along the Trail tab to see what parts of the trail are difficult. Clicking on the Grade button will color the sections of trail RED where there are steep hills and clicking on the Caution button will color the trail YELLOW where the trail goes on roads where traffic may be present or where the surface of the trail is gravel. Beware of loose gravel or ruts caused by erosion due to heavy rains!

Click on the map route itself to see pictures taken at that point on the trail. You can select the season the pictures are from by clicking on the Set the Season Tab. Then only pictures from that season will appear when you click on the trail.

We would like to add more features to the Interactive Map. Click Here to learn how you can “Get on the Map”!

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
2015 SBHT Trail Map

2015 SBHT Trail Map

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.

Click to go to their web site.

Click to go to their web site.

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.

Click to go to their web site.

Click to go to their web site.



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