Cowles Bog Trail

MODERATE 72 reviews

Cowles Bog Trail is a 4.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Chesterton, Indiana that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
324 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

beach

forest

lake

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bugs

muddy

over grown

snow

washed out

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Turn off Hwy 12 when you see the Dune Acres sign. The parking lot is on your left immediately after crossing the train tracks. There's another smaller lot if you continue driving to the gate to your right. Very tight lot with one way driving.
This trail will take you past ponds & bogs to Lake Michigan. It would be more scenic, except for the Steel Mill within sight & sound of it! It does give you a small taste of what NW Indiana was like many years ago.
The trail is strenuous when you get to the lake. Otherwise, easy to moderate.

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1 month ago

Heavily trafficked trail mainly due to beachgoers. Doing the large loop can be a challenge due to roots, sand and a copious amount of bugs. Very steep climb leaving the beach area so be prepared for that if you're not in shape. I often see quite a few people that were not quite prepared for the challenge.

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2 months ago

Love that you end up on the beach! Awesome trail bring lunch and eat it in the top of the hill with great views!

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Nice trail that ends at a fairly secluded beach

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2 months ago

I run this trail a few times a month. I recommend late winter through late spring and after labor day for the least congestion and to avoid the biting flies. The orchids in the bog bloom between the end of February and the second week of March.

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