Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Ly-co-ki-we Hike

Crocker, Indiana

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore: Ly-co-ki-we Hike Professional Review and Guide

"This sandy trail allows you to explore miles of deep woods, gentle dune ridges, and marshy thickets. Given the ample mileage and the sand-covered surface.

You’ll likely find yourself at the end of this hike with a type of blissful exhaustion that comes from scaling a mountain—or running laps in a sandbox. If you’d prefer a shorter walk, trim some mileage by heading back at one of the many trail junctions."

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore: Ly-co-ki-we Hike Reviews

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Unfortunately the map location of this trail is not correct. The Marengo Ridge Hike might be a great trail but it is not at the park that is pictured on the map. Burnidge Park/Paul Wolff Campground is about 25 miles from away from where this trail actually is and doesn't offer much in the way of hiking. We were very disappointed when we arrived at the cookie cutter campground and only figured out we were in the wrong place by looking up the crossroads shown on the map in the Trail Guide download. This should be fixed immediately.
Have hiked this trail in winter and summer. Winter is pleasant with cross country skiers sharing the trails. Summer is OK, however there is much construction going on this summer (2010) with several portions of the trail either closed or under construction.
This was a really pleasant find -- a reserve with some elevation in Illinois! The day we visited was post several snow storms so the trails were packed with crusted ice and snow but the scenery was still great -- very, very forested, which helped break the nasty wind that was blowing. Did the entire 3.1 mile loop and would have stayed to go on some of the new trails that have been put in since the map that is on this site was published but were running out of daylight (short winter days!). Will definitely be returning throughout the seasons to see the changing character of the place. Expect that the Fall is particularly beautiful with the nice mix of conifer and deciduous trees. Intend to try some of the camping spots with the kids too.

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Trail Type
Skill Level
4–5 hours
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
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USGS Topo: Dune acres, IN and Michigan City West, IN
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Jun 2018