Dune Succession Trail

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Indiana

Elevation Gain317ft
Trailhead Elevation607ft
Elevation Min/Max585/690ft
Elevation Start/End607/607ft

Dune Succession Trail

Dune Succession Trail is a hiking trail in Portage, Indiana. It is within Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. It is 0.6 miles long and begins at 607 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 317 feet. Near the trailhead there are restrooms. Smoking Dune can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore-West Beach Trail.

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"This interpretive hike highlights the stages of dune development through plant"

Dune Succession Trail Trip Reports

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For the most part this was an easy hike with the exception of climbing a sand dune in pretty deep sand when re-entering the woods from the lake, as walking in sand is tiring enough let alone climbing a sand dune. The main downfall to this trail is there were many people using this trail for jogging which they tend to make too much noise. However, I did enjoy the trail once I was alone as I got a good view of some interesting things such as a great blue heron and two adult and one baby swans in a pond next to the bog, but the best part was viewing a big snapping turtle digging in the trail sand on the last leg of this trail. I would recommend this trail for those who are in the area but would do so during the week as there are probably less people jogging the trail.

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This trail is very diverse-wooded paths,high dunes and a spectacular beach! Very isolated and peaceful. Deer sightings are common. Great year round!

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Trail Information

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
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Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
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USGS: Portage
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