Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore-West Beach Trail

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Indiana

Distance0.6mi
Elevation Gain40ft
Trailhead Elevation609ft
Top615ft
Elevation Min/Max605/615ft
Elevation Start/End609/609ft

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore-West Beach Trail

West Beach Trail is a hiking trail in Portage, Indiana. It is within Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. It is 0.6 miles long and begins at 609 feet altitude. Near the trailhead there is parking. Smoking Dune can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Sand Track Walking Trail and Dune Succession Trail.

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore-West Beach Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Take in great views on high dunes topped with marram grass, jack pine, and cottonwood trees. Coming off the dunes, the trail runs along a scenic lake, through a sandy savanna, and into dense woodland.

It’s not just the high dunes and a long, sandy beach that make hiking at West Beach such a satisfying experience. What makes this hike so engaging is how the landscape and plants magically transform ever y half mile or so. As you move from the beach to the dunes to the wooded ridges to the savanna to a large lily-pad pond, it seems the landscape is always changing.

Dogs are prohibited on the section of the trail that runs along the beach but permitted elsewhere on the trail (on leash no longer than 6 feet)."

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore-West Beach Trail Reviews

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1/2/2016
Got off the expressway at the wrong exit but stumbled across this nice loop hike at West Beach in the National Lakeshore. Very nice hills, ponds and woods to go along with the initial beach portion. Only the presence of buildings and parking lots in the views keeps this from a higher rating.
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Trail Information

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Nearby City
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Parks
Kid-friendly
Accessibility
Moderate
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Features
219-395-1882, nps.gov/indu
Local Contacts
Available at the guardhouse and the website below; USGS Portage, IN
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Nov 2018