Old Indian Hiking & Ski Trail
The trail is mainly flat and straight with some gentle hills and curves with one steep downhill run with a sharp turn on the advanced loop at the northeast corner of the trail. The trail leads you through a coastal forest to a scenic view of Lake Michigan with its neighboring sand dunes. Much of the trailside vegetation is pine-oak forest, the typical plant community of the coastal lowlands.
Only a few thousand years ago, lake levels were higher and this area was submerged. You may notice some hemlocks and beeches along the section of trail farthest from Lake Michigan. This area has been above water longer than the zone closer to the lake.
Information provided in part by Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore