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Glenwood Dunes Trail is a 6.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Chesterton, Indiana that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and horses and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 6.7 mi Elevation gain 167 ft Route type Loop
Kid friendly Hiking Horseback riding Nature trips Walking Forest Lake Views Wild flowers Wildlife Bugs Snow No dogs
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Note: As of June 2020, users have reported that the northern part of this loop is currently closed. The featured loop hike is equestrian friendly and also a favorite of cross-country skiers. Park at the Glenwood Dunes parking lot located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 20 and Brummitt Road. Bring a trail map as the route has too many trail junctions and cut-offs to fully describe here. From the trailhead, hike in a counterclockwise direction and take care when crossing roads. At the east end of the loop, take the short cut-off to avoid the Calumet Dunes Paved Trail (Note that it is a short hike to the Calumet Dunes parking lot if restroom or potable water is desired). After the cut-off, follow the trail west along U.S. Highway 12 before heading south the western-most point of the trail. Do not take the Glenwood dunes Extension Trail. Instead, follow the loop trail back to the north and then east to the parking lot. The hike can be extended by adding the Calumet Dunes Paved Trail, Dunewood Trace Campground Trail and Glenwood Dunes Extension Trail for a total hike distance of nearly 15 miles. This extensive trail system features interconnected loops ranging from less than a mile to nearly 15 miles and is popular with hikers, runners, horseback riders and cross-country skiers. In addition to the Glenwood Dunes Trail, the 4.4-mile round trip Dunewood Trace Campground Trail connects the Glenwood Dunes trail system to the National Park’s Dunewood Campground to the east. The 2.6-mile round trip Glenwood Dunes Extension Trail connects the system to the Dune Park South Shore Railroad Station to the west. In the center, it connects to the Calumet Dunes Paved Trail. The trail surface is a mixture of packed dirt, loose sand and some sections of boardwalk. Bring a trail map, as there are 13 trail junctions. The trail system is accessible from either the Glenwood Dunes or Calumet Dunes parking lot. - Open daily from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm. - The Glenwood Dunes parking lot is large enough for horse trailers. - Horses are not permitted on any of the surrounding roads. - Free (no access fee). - Bicycles and motorized vehicles are not allowed. - Bring a trail map when using this trail system. - There are 13 trail junctions; pay attention to where you are. - Formerly known as the Ly-co-ki-we trail. - Pets are not permitted on the equestrian portion of the Glenwood Dunes Trail. - Pets are permitted on a leash (6' or shorter) on the other sections of the trail system. - There are covered picnic shelters at the Glenwood Dunes 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 Glenwood Dunes Trail is not wheelchair accessible. - The Calumet Dunes Paved Trail is wheelchair accessible. - The Glenwood Dunes Trail surface is a combination of loose sand and packed dirt. - There are restroom facilities and potable water available year-round at both parking lots. - Horseback riding is permitted on the Glenwood Dunes Trail only from March 16 - December 14. However, if there is sufficient snow cover for cross-country skiing (3 inches or more) before December 15 or after March 15, the trail will remain closed to horseback riding. Horses are prohibited in the winter to prevent accidents with skiers on the trail. - Visitors must provide their own horses or ski equipment. - Skiers and horseback riders should complete the Glenwood Dunes Trail in a counterclockwise fashion to allow for one-way traffic. - Stay on the trail to protect the wildlife and yourself. - Use insect repellent, wear long sleeves and tuck long pants into socks to avoid ticks and poison ivy. - Mosquitoes can be bad in the summer.

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Melanie Moynihan
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Tom Conway
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Troy White
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Hiking

I wouldn’t rate this as moderate by any means it was definitely easy. All that to say, it was a nice and peaceful Saturday morning hike.

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Amy Lowery
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Hiking

Pretty trail and mostly shaded but be sure to bring bug spray. Trail might get muddy if it’s rained recently. Thankfully we went during a dry spell.

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Jacob Svejda
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This trail is equestrian friendly and evidence of that is everywhere majority of the trail. Watch your step. All the northern parts of the trail is closed for emergency reasons posted by the parks department.

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Patty Brooks
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The trail is really good but today it had lots of bugs that kept in my face. Also the last 1/3 of the trail is closed for emergency repairs. It’s been closed now for at least a month. So the total length of the trail is 2.5 miles.

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Cepriano Banogon
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Middle connecting path was closed

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Shanna Davis
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Tons of mosquitos. Half of the trail was closed.

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Jamie Bleau
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Had to do a few loops at one trail due to the trail being out, looks like trail conditions weren’t so great due to rain. Outside of that and the bugs it was a decent trek.

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Patty Brooks
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Lou Donkle
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Hiking

A nice and very woodsy trail for this area. Car traffic can be heard most of the time but rarely seen. The trail surface is rutted due to also being a horse trail which makes for challenging foot placement a lot of the time.

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Greg Olson
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Hiking

A nice hike through woods and wetlands. It’s the longest trail network in the Dunes, and there’s a series of interconnected loops, so you could make your hike very short or as long as 11-12 miles. This trail is shared with horses, so the footing is often quite uneven. It is less scenic than many of the nearby dunes trails.

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Stacy McCarthy
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Running

This would be such a fun beginner trail running path, but a large portion is closed for several months and August had just way too many spiderwebs, biting bugs and loud cicadas for now. I’d suggest waiting for a less humid day to enjoy this beautiful trail.

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Josh Ready
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Good hiking and quiet. Great for my dog.

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Karen McDonald
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More horses than humans - soft trail even more so due to heavy equestrian use. At about mile 3 there is a 1.7 mile spur back to parking. It is totally impassable due to flooding; be prepared to back track or hop on to surface streets (hwy 12 near).

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Lauren Konyk
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Nice long hike; 7.5 miles. Great for trail running, as it's all flat land. Also great for horses, seen some on the trail! This is a good trail if you're looking for a long hike. We went on a beautiful day in February! We hiked in our tank tops, who would have thought?! We did have a little trouble finding it at first, as we were looking for "Ly-Co-Ki-We Trail" - They renamed the trail "Glenwood Dunes Trail System" but the parking lot is located right off of route 20. Super easy to spot. This trail is all through woods; not sure why there are beach photos on this post. But overall, a nice long relaxing hike.

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Doug Neidholdt
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Hiking

One of the better trails in the park. nice dune hiking

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Howard Lanin
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Hiking

This is a lovely trail through the woods, I am not sure what the pictures refer to as you are in the woods the whole time and there are markers with the trail name. The trails are primarily sand and if you go on the extensions, mostly dirt, and all are well maintained. Apart from that you are hiking on sand, which is a new twist for me, and perhaps the length, I'm not sure why this is considered a hard trail as there really are no significant hills. It was very nice though.

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C J
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No dunes or ridges on this trail. Not sure what the other reviewers were referring to. Mostly flat. Lots of trees, but not terribly scenic. Not sure why it's rated hard. Moderate is more like it. Mostly loose sandy trail slows down the pace a bit, but otherwise a good hike.

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Lindsay Gear
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Hiking

Did Trail 9 yesterday. It's labeled as moderate, but I'm heavy and new to exercise. It was definitely challenging, especially in ridge "blowout" areas with deeper loose sand. It was worth it! I felt good about myself when I finished, and the view was BEAUTIFUL!

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Kaitlyn Freed
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Trail 9 in the state park was great! It followed the ridge so you had a view of the lake most of the time! Would do it again!

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Nicholas Ring
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Walking

Park and dunes are great. The beach and lake are like the ocean. Smokestacks.

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Vivian Vanderlei
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Hiking

Nice scenic route in the summer and winter.

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Keith Wegiel
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Hiking

Nice scenery and good length. Much of the trail is loose sand and dirt. I wouldn't say it was difficult except maybe the loose dirt is a bit different and the occasional dodging of horse poopys. We have a 6 year old that loves hiking and she managed fine on it and we did 10 miles. I would go again and it's a nice trail to try.

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