West Beach 3-Loop
ElevationAscent: 223' 68 m
Descent: -220' -67 m
High: 671' 204 m
Low: 589' 179 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 20% (12°)
Popular runs nearby
Bailly Chellberg - Little Calumet Loop
3.4 mi 5.6 km • Loop • 120 ft Ascent 36.71 m Ascent
Cowles Bog Trail
4.7 mi 7.5 km • Loop • 202 ft Ascent 61.6 m Ascent
Trail 8 - 3 Dunes Challenge
2.2 mi 3.6 km • Loop • 238 ft Ascent 72.43 m Ascent
Heron Rookery Trail
3.3 mi 5.2 km • Loop • 12 ft Ascent 3.71 m Ascent
Great Marsh Trail
1.7 mi 2.7 km • Loop • 9 ft Ascent 2.73 m Ascent
Paul C. Zona Sr. Wildlife Sanctuary
1.4 mi 2.2 km • Loop • 54 ft Ascent 16.45 m Ascent
“A classic run in the Indiana Dunes combining all three trails at West Beach.”— Rafi Wilkinson
Features Birding · Lake · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
Need to Know
There are restroom facilities and potable water available year round in the West Beach Contact Station. Seasonal showers, lockers and a lifeguarded beach are available in the summer. Alcohol is not permitted anywhere at West Beach.
There are covered picnic shelters near the West Beach parking lot. First come, first served. No advance reservations. Wheelchair accessible. Cooking fires at the picnic shelters are permitted in the provided grills or an approved carry-in grill. An approved grill is a noncombustible container with an enclosed bottom and enclosed sides with a minimum depth of 2 inches. Charcoal must be cooled and safely disposed of in a noncombustible container or removed from the area.
The run then picks up the West Beach Trail (Loop 2) for an easy run through an area that was sand mined in the 1920s. The footing is mainly loose sand. This area is being restored as an oak savanna and is a great place to see prickly pear cactus. Birders will enjoy looking for water birds on Long Lake from the viewing platform.
The final section of the run is the Long Lake Loop Trail (Loop 3). This section is moderate in difficulty. The trail follows along Long Lake and then heads into the dunes. There is a great view of Long Lake after the initial climb. After crossing the entrance road, the trail winds through the undulating dunes and then has a steep descent into the picnic area and back to the parking lot.
History & Background
Land Manager: NPS - Indiana Dunes National Park