Northern Michigan Family Fitness Challenge

A fitness scavenger hunt is a fun way for your whole family to get an outdoor workout. Here’s how it works.

Complete each of the 10 tasks below, and be sure to take a photo or video to prove your team has finished them. Some activities will take longer than others, so you don’t have to do all 10 at once. If you want to do the challenge in one day, pick five tasks from the list and save the rest for another hunt. Go as a group, or split into teams.

*You will need a park pass for activities in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. An annual park pass costs $30 per vehicle. A week pass costs $15.

  1. Build a human pyramid at the top of the Sleeping Bear Dune Climb. Get a group photo before it falls over!*
  2. Do the tree pose on Alligator Hill Trail at Islands Lookout. Here’s the trail map. The Easy Trail is 2.6 miles roundtrip. Take a photo at the lookout.*
  3. Hike .6 miles to Pyramid Point Lookout. For an added challenge, do the full 2.7-mile trail. Take a photo with Lake Michigan and the Manitou islands in the background.*
  4. Do 50 jumping jacks in the Leland Village Green. Get a photo in front of the Leelanau Preservers Tile Wall.
  5. Hike .6 miles to the lakeside viewing platform at DeYoung Natural Area, and do lunges all the way down the platform’s boardwalk. View the map here. Get a photo by Cedar Lake.
  6. Walk or run for 1 mile on the TART Trail in downtown Traverse City. Find a trail marker and get a photo next to it. View a possible route.
  7. Do 25 sit ups in Clinch Park in Traverse City. Get a photo in front of the Grand Traverse Bay.
  8. Find the “hippie tree” behind the Grand Traverse Commons. View a possible route.
  9. Hike 2 miles from Frankfort Beach to Elberta on the Betsie Valley Trail. Get a photo in both towns. View the trail map.
  10. Walk out to the end of the Frankfort Pier to the Frankfort North Light. Do 30 squats. If the waves are crashing over the pier, do squats on the beach instead.

By: Carly Simpson, MyNorth Media