FOREST, DUNES, AND MILES OF PRISTINE BEACH
The most spectacular and challenging hike in the region, Warren Dunes’ Mt. Randall Loop is a four-mile roundtrip trek through forest and dune to a gorgeous stretch of pristine Lake Michigan beach. Climb the silky soft sand of Mt. Randall’s 780-foot elevation, and your reward is a stunning panoramic view of the lake and an almost ocean-like horizon. Take the trip down, and your reward is miles of undeveloped shoreline reachable only to those who make the hike. So even in July, you’ll find few to share it with.
Enter the trail from the main trailhead parking lot inside Warren Dunes State Park, or skip the entrance fee and summertime crowds and enter just north of the park on Floral Lane. There’s a small parking lot and clearly marked trailhead at the end of the road.
Local Tip: Plan to spend some time here. Although the loop itself is only four miles, the views are so scenic and the beach so peaceful, you may want to make a day of it.