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Climb to the top of of this iconic sand dune at the Indiana Dunes National Park. 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. The dunes area is not open to the public. Access requires advanced approval and accompaniment by authorized staff. There are free ranger-led hikes on weekends in the summer and at other times throughout the year. Tour details can be obtained at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center at (219) 395-1882. 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/index.htm or facebook.com/IndianaDunesNPS.

The trail to the beach is open daily to the public from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm. Trail is not wheelchair accessible. There are restrooms and a potable water source. 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.

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Rafi Wilkinson

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