West Beach - Dune Succession Trail is a 1.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Portage, Indiana that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking and nature trips and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length1.1 miElevation gain95 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashKid friendlyNature tripsWalkingBeachLakeViewsWildlifeWashed out
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The Dune Succession Trail (Loop 1) highlights the four stages of dune development within its one-mile length. From the parking lot, follow the road north, toward the lake and look for the trail to pick up to the west of the bathhouse. This scenic, but strenuous, trail includes a climb up 250 stairs for a spectacular view of Lake Michigan and Chicago. Please support restoration effort in the fragile dunes and ponds by remaining on designated trails. West Beach offers a great combination of hiking and relaxing at the beach. The trails are varied and encompass many habitats. There are great views from the top of the Dune Succession Trail stairs, a beautiful pinery of jack pines and birding opportunities. After hiking, relax and swim at the beach. - The parking lots, trails, and beach are open daily from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm Central Time. - An Expanded Amenity Fee is collected daily for every vehicle from the Friday of Memorial Day weekend through Monday of Labor Day weekend from 8:00 am to as late as 7:00 pm Central Time. - $6.00 per vehicle or motorcycle per day, $30.00 per bus per day. - 50% discount for the following America the Beautiful - The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands passes: Senior Annual, Senior Lifetime, and Access Passes. - No discount for the following America the Beautiful - The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands passes: Annual (non-senior), Military, Volunteer, and 4th Grade. - Cash, U.S. checks or credit, debit and gift cards (MasterCard, Visa and Discover) accepted. - Bicycles and motorized vehicles are not allowed. - Pets are permitted everywhere on a leash (6' or shorter) with the exception of the lifeguard swimming area, which is maintained from the Friday of Memorial Day weekend through Monday of Labor Day weekend. - The main parking lot has spots for 596 cars and 20 buses and is open year-round. - Trail surface is a combination of loose sand, packed dirt, and sections of stair and boardwalk. - Respect closed area signs; help us restore the dunes. - The removal of rocks, shells, and fossils is strictly prohibited. - There are 8 covered picnic shelters near the West Beach parking lot that are wheelchair accessible. The shelters are reservable at www.recreation.gov starting six months in advance of the desired use date. The reservation is good for day use from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm. The shelter reservation does not waive the West Beach car entrance fee collected during the summer months. - 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. - There are restroom facilities and potable water available year-round in the contact station. - Seasonal showers, lockers and a beach with lifeguards are available from the Friday of Memorial Day weekend through the Monday of Labor Day weekend. For more information, visit the West Beach webpage. - No littering, hunting, disturbing wildlife or picking plants. - Stay on the trail to protect the wildlife and yourself. - Use insect repellent to help prevent tick bites and related diseases. Conduct a thorough inspection for ticks after your hike. - Avoid the abundant poison ivy along trail edges.

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Jim Shaw
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Nice trial. Go clockwise to get right to the beach. CC is a nice hike through the dunes. Took family of 6 (4 under 9)

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Max Sudsberry
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James Waldecker
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Trail provides a nice introduction to what Indiana Dunes NP is about. Not many people here on Easter Monday morning. It was clear enough to see the skyline of Chicago.

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Allegra Miller
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Trail was well marked, long walk through the beach, very sandy

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R T
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Tamara Stevens
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Always better at the dunes.

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Mark Nelson
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Fast after work hike

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Katy O’Donoghue
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Beautiful as usual! We hadn’t been since June of 2020 and it was great to visit again. The climb is steep in parts but well worth it for the view. My three kids (2, 5, 7) easily did this hike too. Not too crowded on the boardwalks and very spaced out at the beach.

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anna pasieka
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One of my all time favorite trails! It’s short and straightforward but the stairs are sure to kick your butt and you can turn this into a much longer walk my strolling on the beach until your hearts content. Loved it here!!!! My dog loved running around on the beach as well.

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Jim Jankowski
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juliann Woodbury
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Dawn Bliss
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It was great ! Definitely a challenge to walk in the sand

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Megan Bradley
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Laura Alford-Steury
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Nice view of the lake and some good but fairly easy dunes

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Morgan Shaw
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Perfect easy hike to see and understand what Indiana dunes is about if you do not have lots of time but want great views! We went on a beautiful day and were able to see Chicago from the beach. There is no snow left and the sand is not hot! I think this is the best time of year to visit!

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Julia Lanier
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Hillary D
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Sand hikes are no joke! Definitely felt the burn the next day. Hike itself was gorgeous with beaver and snakes along the water. Dog friendly and very rewarding view at the end.

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Brett Hulverson
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Lydia Allen
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Beautiful trail!! This time of year it’s not too crowded and the sand isn’t too hot. There was still some snow on the ground but it wasn’t obtrusive. Getting to see what seemed like so many climates in one place was fantastic! Wonderful hike.

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Sarah C.
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Melissa Prentice
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Deidra Weaver
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yorke rowan
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Tim Stockenauer
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Nice but hard to walk in the sand. Good workout.

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Amanda H
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Shlomo Siegelman
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Sarena Wahl
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Great trail with views of the lake. It was windy but sunny.

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Tom Conway
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Arielle Nguyen
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