Calumet Trail

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Indiana

Elevation Gain178ft
Trailhead Elevation608ft
Elevation Min/Max605/634ft
Elevation Start/End608/608ft

Calumet Trail

Calumet Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Porter County, Indiana. It is within Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. It is 9.2 miles long and begins at 608 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 18.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 178 feet.

Calumet Trail Trip Reports

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If you happen to be heading up to Indiana Dunes it might be worth it to bring a bike, but only if you were going to anyway. This trail is not worth the drive to it. Is well maintained and every quarter mile there is a marker, so it can be fun to measure your splits. The scenery doesn't change, and the trail is just a straight shot except for the occasional curve to get around the giant power line towers that you're riding along the entire time. The other points of interest include the cables from a railroad that the trail follows alongside, vultures sinning themselves on the towers, and the occasional pile of dog poo. The beach is nice, in spite of the huge power plants that are visable to the northeast and southwest.
Basically, the trail is a bit of a workout, enough to get you nice and sweaty to enjoy a swim in the lake. If you don't expect much you can enjoy the ride, but you migfht as well bring a road bike.
The camping facilities are very nice though. They are clean, and have showers available. Though when we went we barely got a campsite. They fill up quickly on the weekends.

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Trail Information

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Nearby City
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Local Contacts
USGS Dune Acres, Michigan City West; Indiana Dunes Official Map and Guide
Local Maps

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