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A Hike and Swim at Warren Dunes

July 20 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

This event starts at 12:00 pm ET (Michigan time) which is 11:00 am CT (Chicago time).

dear friends–

This hike is at Warren Dunes state park in Michigan. We had good times here in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019, and 2022, so we expect a good time here in 2024.

this hike will be a collaboration among Rick’s Hiking and Fun Group [https://www.meetup.com/Ricks-Hiking-Fun-Group/](https://www.meetup.com/Ricks-Hiking-Fun-Group/) , and several other groups, including

Southwest Michigan Friends [https://www.meetup.com/meetup-group-yjezdrty/](https://www.meetup.com/meetup-group-yjezdrty/)

Wabash Valley Hiking & Social Group https://www.meetup.com/wabash-valley-hiking-social-meetup-group/

there is a gate fee to enter the park, so be prepared. i believe it is $9 out of state per vehicle, not sure what it is for in state.

Be sure to check the weather beforehand, and dress appropriately [https://www.accuweather.com/en/us/warren-dunes-state-park/49125/weather-forecast/30155_poi](https://www.accuweather.com/en/us/warren-dunes-state-park/49125/weather-forecast/30155_poi) . bring along a snack which we will eat on the trail, plus enough water (one quart minimum), a hat with a brim, sunscreen, etc. we will be both in the woods and on the beach, and i’m not sure what conditions are like this time of year, so make your own decisions about insect repellent.

we will meet at the farthest north parking lot, near the washrooms. Erin will lead the longer route inland over the dunes, and down to the Lake, for those who would like a longer hike; and Rick will be leading the shorter route along the Lake for those who want a shorter hike and more beach time.

the longer route will be about 5 miles with at least 2-3 steep climbs. we will hike inland over Mt Randall, and turn north and hike along Painterville Creek, past the campground, to the junction with the Blue Jay trail, then we will descend to the lakefront on the Blue Jay trail with a spectacular view of the Lake, before arriving at the shore, then returning to our vehicles after a long swim stop.

the shorter hike will be 2 miles, there and back to our swimming spot on the lakeshore.

once at the shore with both groups, we will make an extended stop to swim, hang out at the beach, and eat our lunch.
we will then walk along the beach back to the parking lot.

any apres-hike activities TBA.

hope to see you there,


directions to Warren Dunes state park:

take 1-94 to Sawyer rd exit, turn east; take Sawyer rd to Red Arrow hwy, turn right; continue to Warren Dunes state park entrance, turn left; continue on State Park rd to last parking lot, park there; look for a crowd, or call me at 773-415-0428; try to arrive by 12:00 PM EDT (11:00 AM CDT); we will wait till 12:30 EDT, then depart on foot.


July 20
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
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Warren Dunes State Park
12032 Red Arrow Hwy
Sawyer, MI 49125 United States