In my younger days, I could run all these steps to the top of the lookout tower without even breaking a sweat. Now in my advancing years, it takes a tad longer to climb the some 400 steps to get to the top and what you see is just the first tier of steps. There are several more but when you do get to the top you have a super view of both the Manistee National Forest to the east and Lake Michigan to the west.
This particular lookout tower, and there are two here, is at the Lake Michigan Recreational Center which is about midway between Scottville and Manistee, Michigan. It is about seven miles due west of US 31 and full the full extent of that ride all you can see are trees from this national forest. Once you park in the lot there is only a small sand dune between you and Lake Michigan and this staircase is at the base of that dune.
Just below the tower is a huge shaded dune down to te very essence of this forest. Rather than hot sand, it is a cool walk due to the shade offered by the forest. Sometimes I wish this site would have an escalator for us older folks.