Grand Rapids: Saugatuck Dunes South Loop

Escape to a secluded strip of rippling dunes on this 5.2-miler, which rewards your efforts with panora- mas from high above Lake Michigan.
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Escape to a secluded strip of rippling dunes on this 5.2-miler, which rewards your efforts with panora- mas from high above Lake Michigan.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 6.9

Waypoints

SSL003

Location: 42.6922302246094, -86.1961669921875

Turn L off road onto trail; pass big spruces and 2nd-growth hardwoods

SSL006

Location: 42.6839294433594, -86.2095031738281

Trail rolls over vegetated dunes to beach

SSL009

Location: 42.6910400390625, -86.1994400024414

L @ Y onto lookout spur trail, a worthwhile 1.25-mi. round trip

SSL011

Location: 42.6916198730469, -86.1982269287109

R @T back onto gravel access road

SSL005

Location: 42.6839714050293, -86.2073669433594

First views of lake; follow trail to Open Dune Restoration sign, walk out of woods onto rolling dunes dotted w/ pines

SSL007

Location: 42.6839790344238, -86.2102737426758

Photo ops: SE shore of Lake Michigan; return to WPT 6, take L and begin angled traverse of dunes

SSL010

Location: 42.6880798339844, -86.209716796875

More photo ops, then return to WPT 9, straight onto old 2-track road

SSL004

Location: 42.6861534118652, -86.2017059326172

Cross weather-worn knoll of Pelican Peak under 60-ft. maple, beech, birch canopy; woodpeck-
ers bore above

SSL001

Location: 42.6970405578613, -86.1943511962891

Begin @ Felt Mansion, a 1920s summer home built by inventor Dorr E. Felt and now being restored by Laketown Township; follow gravel road .5 mi. to trailhead

SSL002

Location: 42.6930236816406, -86.1930999755859

L @ Y; this 300-acre natural area was once a seminary, then a prison, before it became a state park

SSL012

Location: 42.6928634643555, -86.1930999755859

L @ T back to trailhead; stroll over carpet of ferns, moss, acorns

SSL008

Location: 42.6877403259277, -86.2046432495117

Short ascent over sand ridge; head NE back into forested dunes