Hike-in Required
Open Year-round
ADA accessible
Guided tours
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The Log Slide Overlook in Michigan’s Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore provides sweeping views of Lake Superior and the Grand Sable Dunes.  The Log Slide is the spot where a wooden chute used to be located that was used by loggers to move timber from the top of the dune down to Lake Superior where the logs would be loaded on to boats for transport. This overlook is located about 8 miles west of Grand Marais, Michigan.

It is a few hundred yards for the parking lot to the overlook. The beginning portion of the trail is hard packed dirt, but it eventually becomes sand as you approach the overlook. Along the way there is a shelter which contains historic logging equipment. The trail is quite flat except at the end where there is a short climb to the top of the sand dune.

Once you reach the Log Slide Overlook you will be standing over 500 feet above Lake Superior. The Au Sable Lighthouse can be seen to the West and the awe-inspiring Grand Sable Dunes can be seen the East.  One can trek down the dune to the lake shore, but be aware that it a very strenuous climb back up.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass


Open from

April 01 to November 30


Sweeping views of Lake Superior and the Grand Sable Dunes.


Can be crowded in the summer and early fall.

Pets allowed

Not Allowed


Family friendly
Picnic tables
Sand Dunes
Geologically significant
Big vistas
Potable water
Flushing toilets
Near lake or river


Nearby Adventures

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan
Eastern Upper Peninsula, Michigan


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