Climb the Steps at Mt. Pisgah for Big Lake and Lighthouse Views


Climbing Mt. Pisgah is Worth It

Mt. Pisgah

2238 3rd Ave. Holland, MI 49424

hike up stairs for amazing views
Trail Length: 0.4 miles
Trail Difficulty: Difficult, with lots of stairs and some hilly, root-filled terrain.
Dogs Allowed? No
Facilities: No
Stroller Friendly? No
Time of Year Accessible:
 March 1 – Oct 15, 7 AM – 10 PM. Oct 16 – Feb 28 open until 8 PM

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Sandwiched between Lake Macatawa and Lake Michigan in Holland, you’ll find the trails at Mt. Pisgah.

Mt. Pisgah is a hiking trail that takes you up to some spectacular views you can’t find anywhere else.

Mt. Pisgah is one of over 50 walking trails in West Michigan.

Hundreds of Stairs Lead to Jaw Dropping Views

To get to this elevation, there will be stairs. Yes, hundreds of stairs take you up and up to a pristine 360 degree view of Michigan’s finest scenery. But don’t worry – there are lots of benches for taking a rest along the way.

The stairs are numbered every 25 steps or so; my kids really enjoyed guessing how many there would be total and looking for the numbers as we kept going.

Mt Pisgah Holland MI hiking trails stairs
The stairs at Mt. Pisgah Holland lead to incredible views of Lake Michigan

It’s fun to hike when the weather is warming up, but the views from the top can’t be beat when the lakeshore hits peak fall colors!

It’s worth an October trip just to soak in the colors of fall from the top of the scenic overlook. 

The panoramic overlook of Lake Michigan and Lake Macatawa is just the beginning of what this trail offers.

Mt Pisgah Holland MI hiking trails stairs

 Lake Views and Wooded Adventures at Mt. Pisgah

After you step your way to the top of Mt. Pisgah, you can walk a narrow boardwalk and find more wooded trails to explore.

The cool shade is a welcome treat after hiking so many stairs in the sun. 

Mt Pisgah hike holland

The winding trails through the woods are narrow and slightly hilly.

There are a few variations that you can take once you get there. We basically went in a big loop back to the top of the stairs. 

The woods at Mt. Pisgah were filled with blooming greenery and we even spotted a few deer. It was fun to watch them climb up the side of the hill–we wondered if they were headed to the beach!

While you’re over here, take a stroll on the Black Lake Boardwalk for some more sights and sounds of an iconic Michigan summer.

Note: There’s No Beach Access at Mt. Pisgah

While the lake views are breathtaking, please note that there is no beach access from Mt. Pisgah. Holland State Park is just up the road and you can easily access the beach from there. 

Parking is located past the trailhead.

You’ll likely pass the entrance on your right and find parking a little further up on your left (just after the Ottawa Beach General Store). It’s marked and free to park for two hours, but it’s tricky to find if you don’t know what you’re looking for. 

Mt. Pisgah hiking trials mom and son resting on benches at overlook

You could also walk to the entrance from Holland State Park if you need a break in your beach day! State Park parking fees apply in that case.

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