Explore the most popular views 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.

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.

Pretty fun challenge trekking up all 3. Moderate challenge, nothing more than 200ft above lake level. 35-45 degree incline for each of them. Mt Tom has a wooden staircase up either side; it is the tallest and steepest of the 3.

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10 days 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.

Great trail
But make sure you bring insect repellent

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

Easy trail. Great for a good long walk. Bring mosquito repellent!

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!

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

Wonderful trail! You get to hike along the river and past multiple historic buildings and right into the middle of a farm with animals everywhere!

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

Good hiking and quiet. Great for my dog.

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

My first dunes hike. Was challenging but exciting!

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5 months ago

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6 months ago

Pretty Trail with great tree-top views. I wish there were less signs on the trail but still enjoyed it!

Great hike. We wondered off coarse a little but the hike was great.

Great trail

Loved this trail!! Perfect for the adventurist.

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9 months ago

Short but challenging.

10 months ago

Nice easy hike with views of Dunes, Marshes and forest. A few climbs but nothing really difficult. Tasty sassafras, too!

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10 months ago

The trail is an easy to moderate hike for beginners with a few tall inclines which made it a little harder than expected. We took the long loop and the only complaint I have is the bugs. They were determined to be in my face; so even with lots of spray, I was fanning them away continuously with the trail map. I'd hate to see what they're like when there's actually been rain.
Did see some cacti and some other cool flowers I haven't seen before. There was even a cute little garter snake on the trail.

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10 months ago

best trail in the dunes

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