Many climb down, but few make it back up. Despite warning signs of the hazard of climbing down this steep dune cliff to the beach below, every day tourists at the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive do just that. Once down, it’s a grueling climb back up the cliff, or an eight mile hike to the next beach with access out, or a high-priced rescue from the local fire department. If you go there, don’t try it. There’s plenty of places to enjoy the Lake Michigan beaches at Sleeping Bear Dunes, without the risky cliff climb.
Top: Top of the dune, Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, with Manitou Islands in distance.
Bottom: Looking down from the top of the dune cliff onto Lake Michigan Beach below, from Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive.
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