Mt. McSauba Recreation Area

09223 Mt. McSauba Rd.

Charlevoix, MI 49720
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Beach, Biking/Hiking Trails, Downhill Skiing, X-Country Skiing
Beaches, Hiking, Parks

Serviced by four tow ropes, most of Mt. McSauba’s six runs are on the front facing the day lodge but on the backside is Tornado Alley, so named because it catches the wind blowing off Lake Michigan. At the top of the Alley, you enjoy a panorama of the lake and the frozen shoreline and then can tackle the Mt. McSauba’s longest run, a 1,100-foot-long intermediate slope with a vertical drop of 150 feet.

Trails are moderately paced and connect to Lake Michigan. This beautiful trail system also features an 18 disc golf course that offers changeling holes with breathtaking views as well.  While exploring the Mt. McSauba Recreation Area, climb to the top of the sand dunes to capture an awe-inspiring sunset. This trail system has a .7 mile loop to explore.  

More than just a ski slope, Mt. McSauba is a true winter recreation area. There is a skating rink with a warming cabin on the south side, a lighted sledding hill on the north side and behind the towering dune a cross-country ski trail.

Distance: 0.7-mile loop
Trail Type: Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking
Terrain: Lake Michigan and dunes
Difficulty: Easy

Activity Type
Beach, Biking/Hiking Trails, Downhill Skiing, X-Country Skiing

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