Hike This: The Whitefish Creek Spur Trail

One of my favorite parts of hiking in Whitefish Dunes is how the trails connect throughout the park. Last week I featured the Red Pine Trail, which is a relatively short loop that’s accessible from the first parking lot off Clark Lake Road. 

The Red Pine Trail links up with the Yellow Trail – a more robust trail that’s a little more than four miles long – and from there, it’s easy to find the entrance to the Whitefish Creek Spur Trail. It’s a dead-end path that takes you from an open field along the Yellow Trail, through a tight tree tunnel, and eventually to the gently flowing creek that gives the trail its name. 

Of course, you can head back the way you came and complete the Red Pine Trail loop, or you can continue on the Yellow Trail to all of the other paths in the park – meaning you can stay for an hour, or several, while exploring the Dunes. 

Where: Whitefish Dunes State Park

Length: 1 mile

Difficulty: Easy

Highlights: The small, cozy opening to the creek that marks the end of this trail is the perfect place to stop, get lost in the sound of the water and reflect a bit before turning around to hike back out again.

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