Three Dunes Challenge Loop

HARD 46 reviews

Three Dunes Challenge Loop is a 1.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Porter, Indiana that features a lake and is rated as difficult. 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
1.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
410 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

snow

hiking
6 days ago

hiking
24 days ago

Liked it and hated it. It's been decades since i've even been on this much sand, but i can handle hills & stairs, so i wanted to try the 3 Dune Challenge.
These Dunes kicked my butt!! I'm an older heavy set guy that had a heck of a time trying to climb the dunes. Every step up the dune resulted in a foot sliding back a half step or more. Took me 3 times as long to climb a dune than i expected. And Going down the 2nd dune, Mt. Holden, i slid 2-3 feet for every step down.
This was one loaded challenge. It was not as easy as others said. I'm sure that's due to my size working against me trying to climb. Thankfully after the 2nd Dune there is a shortcut trail back to the start by the Nature Center. The Dune Challenge is on Trail 8, Trail 7 splits thru the middle, simple trail.

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Great Park. This trail visits the shore line but also climbs the dunes

3 months ago

Great trail but there a lots more to explore

3 months ago

Nice scenic easy walk.

hiking
3 months ago

This is trail 8, and the label it the three dune challenge. It captures three of the tallest dunes in the park. We walked the longer loop trail ou to the beach, and then came up for the beach to walk this loop. There are other trails that can be tacked on. We will be back!

hiking
4 months ago

5 months ago

trail running
7 months ago

Spent many summers all around the dunes; there are many trails and many ways to use them. Trail 8 is the most memorable as the last time I was there with friends, we were ill-prepared and it made for a strenuous hike out to the beach and then an unusual push back to the car in the smaller lot. Incredible workout. Great for training and building endurance.

hiking
10 months ago

I did the more difficult loop and it was a good workout. sand dunes are physically harder than regular hills so be prepared for that. Nice views in a couple spots and really nice trails. Definitely worth checking out.

hiking
11 months ago

Overall, I would say the trails in the state park are an easy hike. However trail 8, or the one highlighted here is not easy. As others have noted it is steep and quite sandy so I would rate it as moderate to hard. I did see children to elder family members hiking it, so anyone can do it.

Besides that, the park's trails offer nice views and the highlighted trail does have some splendid views on each of the Mts. on the trail. I will definitely do this again.

hiking
11 months ago

hiking
Monday, August 15, 2016

Great short but steep hike. Beautiful vistas & access to the Lake Michigan.

hiking
Monday, August 15, 2016

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Sunday, July 17, 2016

This 3 Dune Challenge trail is not that hard, and definitely not an easy one. The views are fantastic, especially the sunset over downtown Chicago.

Friday, July 15, 2016