The difference in size along with additional support mechanisms used with each chair allows for a comfortable and safe experience for any visitor requiring the use of the chair for their hike.
Please review these differences as one chair is required to be reserved for a hike with the Track Chair.
The Baby Bear and Mama Bear chairs are available for hikes on the Bay View Trail.
The Platte Bear chair is now available at the Platte Plains trail.
The maximum weight for the larger Track Chair – Mama Bear – is 350 pounds with equipment. Mama Bear is 24 inches wide between arm rests.
The Mama Bear chair is available for hikes on the Bay View Trail. Learn more about the Bay View Trail at Port Oneida
The maximum weight for the smaller Track Chair – Baby Bear – is 300 pounds with equipment. Baby Bear is 18 inches wide between arm rests.
The Baby Bear chair is available for hikes on the Bay View Trail. Learn more about the Bay View Trail at Port Oneida
Platte Bear which is new this year will be at the Railroad Grade Trail.
It is 22 inches wide and the maximum weight is 300 pounds with equipment.
Find out more about the Railroad Grade Trail, Part of the Platte Plains Trail System, on the trail page here.
With a commitment to provide recreational opportunities to all, Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes offers the Track Chair Program. This program provides visitors with hiking mobility assistance for designated Park trails.
The Track Chairs were purchased by the Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes. If you would like to make a contribution, you may make a donation to the Track Chair Program. Donations will go to chair maintenance and to adding more track chairs to the Dunes. We accept cash or checks made out to Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes designating the Track Chair Program.