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Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive Ski Trail – Photos

The Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive Ski Trail includes the Shauger Hill Hiking Trail and the unplowed Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive. It offers views of Lake Michigan and the dunes. For your safety, stay back from the edge of the steep bluff. Pets on a 6′ leash may be taken on the unplowed roadway section of the trail, but the Shauger Hill Trail section is a Designated X-Country Ski Trail and Pets are not allowed on this section of the trail between December 1 and March 31.

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Overlook on Pierce Stocking Loop - Sleeping Bear Dunes - February 12, 2011
Ski Trail on Pierce Stocking Loop - Sleeping Bear Dunes - February 12, 2011
North Bar Overlook on Pierce Stocking Loop - Sleeping Bear Dunes - February 12, 2011
View of Lake MIchigan on Pierce Stocking Loop - Sleeping Bear Dunes - February 12, 2011
Sand and Snow Swirls on Pierce Stocking Loop - Sleeping Bear Dunes - February 12, 2011

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Although the main loop follows the summer road, smaller trails wind through the wooded hills offering some exhilarating down hill runs.

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Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive Ski Trail at Sleeping Bear Dunes via NPS Website

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Treat Farm Trail – Sleeping Bear Dunes – Photos

The trail that leads from the corner of Norconk Road into the woods is about ½ mile long through the maple-beech forest and will take you to the Treat Farm. As you reach the top of the hill, the canopy of trees opens up to a view of the farmstead. A portion of the original barn has been rebuilt on the original foundation.

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On Top of the Bluff - Treat Farm Trail - Sleeping Bear Dunes - February 12, 2011
Crossing the fields - Treat Farm Trail - Sleeping Bear Dunes - February 12, 2011
Climbing the bluff - Treat Farm Trail - Sleeping Bear Dunes - February 12, 2011
Interpretive Hike at Treat Farm Trail - Sleeping Bear Dunes - February 12, 2011
Homestead - Treat Farm Trail - Sleeping Bear Dunes - February 12, 2011
Ski / Snowshoe Trail - Treat Farm Trail - Sleeping Bear Dunes - February 12, 2011

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Tweddle/Treat Farm at Sleeping Bear Dunes via NPS

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Bay View Cross Country Ski Trail – Photos

You can ski, hike, or snowshoe straight from The Homestead into the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore using the Bay View Trail which is accessible from the Village. Lookout Point on the Bay View Trail gives a panoramic view of Lake Michigan and the surrounding countryside. The trail along the edge of the woods on top of the bluff overlooks fields of wildflowers and former farmland with Lake Michigan in the background.

Here are some photos of backcountry skiing just off the Bay View Trail:

 

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Historic homesteads along the trail.
Bushwacking on the Bayview Trail.
Preparing for a few more tele turns.
Great views of the shoreline of Lake Michigan.

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