Little Calumet River Trail

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Indiana

Elevation Gain521ft
Trailhead Elevation631ft
Elevation Min/Max606/684ft
Elevation Start/End631/631ft

Little Calumet River Trail

Little Calumet River Trail is a hiking trail in Porter County, Indiana. It is within Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. It is 3.1 miles long and begins at 631 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 521 feet. The Bailly/Chellberg Visitor Center information and the Mnoké Prairie grassland can be seen along the trail. There is also a wetland along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Brickyard Trail and Bailly/Chellberg Trails.

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"This loop hike begins near the historic Bailly Homestead, continues along the Little Calumet River through marsh and meadow, and concludes at the Chellberg Farm."

Little Calumet River Trail Trip Reports

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This is one of the top 3 trails within an hour and a half of Chicago. The miles of forest trail become dramatic - views of Lake Michigan's eyepopping 'inland ocean' and wide sandy bluff lined beach. Only views of industry at either end oif the long beach front of the park keep this from a 5 star hike. Do on a weekday in summer, though, as the swimming beach on the west end is hugely popular then.
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This is a great hike - but way too hot in the summertime. next time, I will start at Mt Tom. The dunes were almost too much at the end of the hike, but I didn't hesitate to jump into the lake to cool off The campground is crowded, but convenient..

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Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
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Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
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USGS: Chesterton and Dune Acres
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