If you're visiting the Sleeping Bear Dunes Lakeshore in Northern Michigan, Pyramid Point Trail is something not to miss. The trail itself is pretty quiet and more off-the-beaten-path than the traditional dune walk, a hike that many of the locals talk about.
We set out that morning from nearby Traverse City and drove along M-72 which is a great experience in itself. The highway cuts through the middle of the peninsula beside rolling cherry orchards and inland lakes. The hike is located at a dead end road, and once you drive through the original undergrowth you'll emerge in a small dirt parking lot at the trail head.
The hike itself is all uphill, so be prepared to puff a little and stop a couple times (if you need). The day we ascended was one of the most beautiful days, and once at the top, the hard hike leaves your mind. On the pyramid there are many other trails that follow the lakeshore if you want to keep exploring, but the pastel view of Lake Michigan and the Manitou Islands was perfect for us. We sat up there for an hour just gazing out at the lake, it would be a wonderful spot for a little picnic. Pictured is my dad with North Manitou Island behind him.