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Distance:
0.8 Miles / 1.3 km
Type:
Out-and-Back
Difficulty:
Moderate
Time to Hike:
~24 minutes
Features:
Surface Type:
Dirt
Park:
Kitchel-Lindquist-Hartger Dunes Preserve
Town:
Grand Haven, Michigan
Directions:
43.061952, -86.245435
Added:
January 26, 2020
Updated:
February 04, 2020
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6 '

Total Change
20 '

Ascent
19 '

Descent

The Connie Lindquist Trail at the Kitchel-Lindquist-Hartger Dunes Preserve in Grand Haven, Michigan is an easy 0.8-mile out-and-back trail that leads hikers past the Kitchel Dune.

Please note that this recording is shorter than the actual trail length, but the recording was cut off because of flooding.

The focal point of this trail is the Kitchel Dune which is a backdune forest. A backdune is a term for a dune that used to sit along the shores of water. The Kitchel Dune is now a forest, but it used to be a closer to the shores of Lake Michigan back when water levels were much higher hundreds of years ago. More information on these dunes can be found here.

Important
Hikers must stay out of the dunes to keep them preserved.

About the KLH Dunes Preserve
The KLH Dune Preserve is a hidden gem of West Michigan's parks and green spaces. With 115 acres of protected dunes, forest, and wetlands, this stunning location represents the unique freshwater dune ecology that can only be found on the Third Coast--that is, the eastern shores of Lake Michigan.

The preserve was founded in 1971 by Constance and Gerald Lindquist, along with Harold Hartger, with an original donation of 60 acres to The Nature Conservancy. Today, it is owned and operated by the City of Ferrysburg and receives substantial support from the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation, local Boy Scouts, and other organizations.

Author's Note
This particular route and associated photos also demonstrate the ongoing ecological crisis unfolding in Michigan. Due to extraordinarily high water levels and erosion, much of the trail remains impassable this season (winter 2020). The photo album will show numerous wetland areas that are totally flooded.

Warning (Ticks)

Ticks can be found in the high dune grass in KLH. Hikers are encouraged to check themselves and their gear.

Amenities
-- Outdoor classroom
-- Bathrooms available during warm months

Parking
Hikers will find a small parking lot at the coordinates provided.

Pets
Dogs are allowed if leashed and their waste must be carried out by the hiker.

Explore 16 trails near Grand Haven, MI
  1. Parking

    43.061952, -86.245435
  2. Main Trailhead

    43.061952, -86.245435
  3. Trail flooded during the winter

    43.065364, -86.243575
    Trail flooded during the winter
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Hazards

Ticks - Lyme Disease More Info (CDC)

Seasons

All

Photo Albums

1 Trip Report

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0.8 miles / 1.3 km
Trail added
January 26, 2020
Hiked on
January 25, 2020
Updated on
February 04, 2020

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