gem icon Mt. Baldy

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Climb to the top of of this iconic sand dune at the National Lakeshore. Sweeping views of Lake Michigan and Chicago in the distance. The hike is very short with a very steep climb up loose sand to reach the top of the dune. The views are incredible as you walk on top of the barren (or bald) sand dune. Follow the ranger in order to protect the fragile dune.

Short Run: Restricted access. Requires advanced approval and accompaniment by authorized staff. There are ranger led hikes on weekends in the summer. Tour details can be obtained at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Visitor Center at (219) 926-7561. Call to confirm tour dates and times, or check the park newspaper, The Singing Sands. You can also find tour dates on the park website at nps.gov/indu/planyourvisit/....

Trail is not wheelchair accessible. There are restrooms and a potable water source that are open for tours. The parking lot is paved with 100 spaces. Pets are permitted on a leash (6' or shorter). Stay on the trail to protect wildlife and yourself. Trail surface is mostly loose sand.

Family Friendly: Kids will love the scramble up the dune trail and the views from the top.

Gem Type: Viewpoint

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