So a hike to Pyramid Point is one of the great hikes in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore!
The highlight of this trail is that it’s a hike to a Lake Michigan overlook with views of the Manitou Islands!
Trail distance to the Lake Michigan overlook
From the Pyramid Point trailhead, it’s listed that it’s around 0.6 miles to see Lake Michigan. So this would make it around a 1.2 mile hike round trip.
The trail is a little hilly through a forest, and your total hiking time might be around 30-40 minutes. And the entire hike might take more time depending on how much time you spend at the overlook!
You can also make it a longer hike, as there’s also a loop trail that you can add on. That would make it around a 2.7 mile hike in which you’ll go through some “meadows.”
Location of Pyramid Point
The 2 main towns of Sleeping Bear Dunes are Glen Arbor and Empire. This trail is closer to Glen Arbor on the northern side of the park. And if you’re camping on this side of the park, it’s just a couple of minutes of driving away. So it’s a hike kind of near DH Day campground, around a 15 minute drive.
Cost to hike Pyramid Point Trail
Pyramid Point is officially a part of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
It’s listed at the trailhead that this is a National Park Service “fee area” and that an “entrance permit is required.”
There’s no one actively monitoring the Pyramid Point Trail, but it’s still a good thing to have a Sleeping Bear Dunes park pass or another kind of national park pass when visiting Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore!
You can get a park pass at the Sleeping Bear Dunes visitor center (30 minute drive from the trail) that will be on the way to Pyramid Point if you’re driving up from the south on M-22. Or there are a number of self-pay stations throughout the park.
In 2020, a one week pass is $25. See current fees here, where you can also buy your pass online.
Another note from the National Park Service
Once you get to the overlook, there’s a steep hill of sand here that goes all the way down to Lake Michigan.
You’re officially requested not to go down these sand dunes, for the reasons of preventing erosion as well as for safety.
Dogs on Pyramid Point Trail
Pyramid Point Trail is a dog-friendly hiking trail in Sleeping Bear Dunes, as long as you keep your dog on a leash.
Read more about pets in Sleeping Bear Dunes and where you can go with your dog, and to make sure this information is still current!
For the best pictures, try to go to Pyramid Point on a sunny day!
If you are looking for the perfect picture (aka really amazing water color), then it’s best to go hiking to Pyramid Point when the sun is out to see the color of the lake at its best.
You can check weather for Glen Arbor MI.
The pictures you see in this post were taken around 1pm in August 2020 on a sunny and clear day.
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And getting there
So for google maps, Pyramid Point Trailhead as your destination will get you there.
You’ll be driving through Port Oneida rural historic district, an area preserved by Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and it will feel a bit like driving through rural America! (A little bit.)
Once you start getting closer, you’ll start to see signs for Pyramid Point Trail and this will take you to the parking lot.
There is a toilet at the parking lot.
And you’ll see the trail from the parking lot, and then you can get started on your hike through a forest to see Lake Michigan!
And that’s a bit about going to Pyramid Point!
More of the best places to see sand dunes in Sleeping Bear Dunes:
- Empire Bluff Trail
- Lake Michigan Overlook
- Dune Climb Trail
- Sleeping Bear Point Trail
- Cottonwood Trail
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HAPPY HIKING TO PYRAMID POINT!