Explore the most popular beach trails in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

on West Beach Loop

hiking
18 days ago

FYI lots of stairs but the view is worth it. Beautiful scenery

My kids and I did the loop out to the beach. It was very nice. The trail is mostly stairs and boardwalk. A few cool observation points that look out over a view. Nice places to stop for a snack. Overall, nice, but a little short.

hiking
1 month ago

Very pretty hike with some really nice views of the lake after the first big climb. Bring bug spray for the woodsy sections.

I loved this hike! Beautiful, interesting woods along a swamp with lots of wildflowers and hills A few steep, sandy dune climbs, but altogether not too bad. Wonderful stop at the Lake Michigan beach about half way through the hike.

Bring bug spray! What a cool hike. Several different ecosystems, a pretty tough sandy incline, lots of wildlife, and plenty of isolated beach. My first hike in Indiana and I can’t wait to go back!

Really liked this trail! It wasn’t super hard, but be prepared for a lot of sand.

Great trail! Enjoyed the beautiful views at the tops of the dunes!

We really enjoyed the hike. We thought the first steep hill was one of the first dunes. Lol it was not. It was challenging but we conquered those 3 Dunes. We came back the next day and did trail 9. Lots of bugs and beautiful scenery on trail 9.

This is a nice trail out to the beach through woods and the bog. Insect repellant is prob a must...I mean it is a bog after all. I didn't have a problem with bugs with repellant on. The first mile or so is shaded with packed sand, providing a stable walking surface, and also a raised boardwalk through the bog. As you make your way toward the beach, the hills get steeper and the sand gets increasingly loose, making it a challenging hike. The views are well worth the dune hike, and I'd prefer to hike here to this beach over going to the crowded beach anyday. Great trail.

This is one of my favorite trails in the area! If you go in the summer time, you can eat some of the blackberries!

hiking
3 months ago

I only hiked a small portion of the 10 loop, but did hike all of trail 9. The first half of the 9 loop is pretty easy and mostly flat. The second half turns toward the lakeshore which is where the climb begins. Impeccable views and well worth the trek. Moderate to somewhat challenging depending on fitness/mobility.

Pretty fun challenge! Short ascent up each one, but the incline was what got me. The last one has a wooden staircase on either side, which is the steepest of the three.

Pretty challenging but sweeping views of the lake and Chicago in the distance. There is nothing easy about climbing sand dunes!!!

Great trail! Loved the views. Pretty challenging. We took the trail 7 offshoot to walk along the shore a bit. Would recommend doing that.

Nice sand trail through the woods. Wonderful in summer.

Great trail with beautiful views of the lake.

Stairs were a little rough at the start but loved looking at all the birds and flowers.

it was a very challenging trail but we had a blast!

hiking
4 months ago

Perfect trail end with an excellent view of Lake Michigan. Bring your lunch, there is a nice shaded spot!

hiking
5 months ago

Short trek to reach the beach. Nice mix of woods and the sandy dunes.

hiking
5 months ago

Ticks are out and about. Be careful. Ended up with one yesterday.

Nice trail and close to Chicago.

Beautiful trail with part of it that runs along the beach.

9 should be labeled rugged lots of climbing up steep dunes...not for the faint of heart be prepared for a workout lovely scenery..

Absolutely love this trail! I do this one almost every week when it’s nice!! ❤️

hiking
6 months ago

Nice trail and scenery. If you’re afraid of snakes though avoid it because there is seriously a billion there including water moccasins.

hiking
6 months ago

Very nice. Very pretty. Dunes were a little rough because I haven’t hiked in a while. You will get all the sand in your shoes.

My first dunes hike. Was challenging but exciting!

hiking
8 months ago

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9 months ago

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