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Michigan - PJ Hoffmaster State Park

This official hike is led by GWH Ambassador Denise!
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Homestead Trail
Trail Rating: Green
Date: September 22, 2018
Time: 9:30 AM
Distance: 2.7 miles
Elevation Gain: 200 ft.
Water Required: 2 liters minimum
Dogs: No, they are not permitted on the beach and a small portion of the hike will be along the beach.
Permits/Passes: DNR Recreation Passport
Trailhead Address: 6585 Lake Harbor Rd. Norton Shores, MI
Kids: No
Men: No

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Trail description:
The best place to learn and study about Michigan's amazing sand dunes is at P. J. Hoffmaster State Park, where you can combine a visit to the Gillette Visitor Center, Michigan’s Sand Dune Interpretive Center, with a hike through the various life zones of a dune along the Homestead Trail.

The Gillette Visitor Center was built in 1976 as a bicentennial project to serve as an interpretive center to the state’s most noted natural treasure. The two-story center is literally overshadowed by a huge, windblown dune that can be viewed from a glass wall on the west side of the lobby.

Beginning from the visitor center parking lot is this 2.7-mile loop known as the Homestead Trail.

The Homestead Trail circuit may look rugged, but the climbs are moderate.

Most of the trail passes through a designated Natural Area and includes possible side trips to a Quiet Area, the park’s most remote corner. You also climb up a long stairway to magnificent views from the Dune Overlook Platform.

Summer is an ideal time for this hike, when you can stop for a swim in the Great Lake, but it’s also the park’s busiest season. Many like to come here in spring or fall when the crowds are gone and there’s nothing on the beaches but sand, driftwood, and a bootprint or two.

Any updates will be posted on the event thread and I’ll update the event description if anything changes!

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