Grand Rapids: Big Sable Point

Climb to a historic lighthouse and spot a mysterious shipwreck in Lake Michigan on this 4.3-mile loop in Ludington State Park.
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Climb to a historic lighthouse and spot a mysterious shipwreck in Lake Michigan on this 4.3-mile loop in Ludington State Park.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 7.0

Waypoints

LUD002

Location: 44.036060333252, -86.506706237793

Veer R to start loop, passing campsites

LUD003

Location: 44.0373497009277, -86.5056381225586

Swing NW on logging trail onto dunes, past cattail ponds

LUD004

Location: 44.0395202636719, -86.5043716430664

Ascend sand-packed trail past a patch of poisonous hemlock

LUD005

Location: 44.0407791137695, -86.5048904418945

Straight @ 4-way with Coast Guard Trail

LUD006

Location: 44.0447998046875, -86.5017471313476

L @ 4-way onto Lighthouse Trail; hardwoods thin to exposed dunes

LUD007

Location: 44.0485687255859, -86.5042572021484

Slight incline; on windy days, puffy clouds ride above waves of sand

LUD008

Location: 44.0519409179688, -86.5063705444336

Summit dune; distant views of striped lighthouse,
Lake Michigan

LUD009

Location: 44.0580101013184, -86.5050811767578

Mounds tower 80 ft. as trail veers W into shrubby jack pines, shady home to finches and piping plovers

LUD010

Location: 44.0579490661621, -86.5144195556641

Climb staircase to 112-ft. Big Sable lighthouse, built 1867; on clear days, you’ll have a 20-mile view. Descend and follow access road S

LUD011

Location: 44.0418815612793, -86.5111465454102

Skirt R @ Y over dune; look for 1865 shipwreck exposed when lake is low. Continue S on access road to close loop @ WPT 2. Return to car

Big Sable Lighthouse

Location: 44.0576477050781, -86.514289855957

Big Sable lighthouse, built 1867; on clear days, you’ll have a 20-mile view. ©Stephen Wilkinson

Sun Over Lake Michigan

Location: 44.0580406188965, -86.513557434082

©Stephen Wilkinson