Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore: 8-10 miles

The weather on Sunday will be SUNNY and 62 degrees!

We're going to hike approx 8-10 miles in the Indiana Dunes area. We'll meet at the National Lakeshore Ranger Station. Since this is part of the National Lakeshore, there is no entry fee.

We'll start the hike at the Cowles Bog trails and then hike up a steep dune to the lakefront. Then we'll hike about 3 miles on the beach and into the State Park. We'll take inland trails in the state park, some roads and an unmapped naturalist trail back to the Cowles Bog Parking Lot.

There will be a couple steep climbs, long stretches on the beach and high sun-exposure. Expect the hike to be about 3 hours with a stop for snacks on the beach

What to Bring: At least 2 liters of water and snacks.

Carpooling: Please use the comments section to offer or request rides from the general group.

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  • Jan D.

    This says Sunday, May 18th and I just received it today which is May 21st? When is it?

    May 21, 2014

    • Linda C

      This was on the 18th. I'm not sure why you didn't get the email until now. If this continues to be a problem, I'd suggest contacting Meetup.con tech support.

      May 21, 2014

  • robert l.

    Wish there were more trails on the west side of the national lakeshore

    May 19, 2014

  • Linda C

    Great day for a hike! Everyone showed up---a first for Meetup, I think. :) So nice to see new faces!

    1 · May 19, 2014

  • kim c.

    Great hike. Great people. Nice pictures.

    1 · May 19, 2014

  • Denice S.

    What a great group of people on this hike! I'm glad I exited after about 5 miles though, calves and heels are sore today. I hope the mystery of the shining object across the lake gets solved and that Harv isn't kidnapped by tech industry megalomaniacs!

    1 · May 19, 2014

  • Diane

    Great hike Linda. Looking forward to another...

    2 · May 18, 2014

  • 25OR6TO4

    Great hike, beautiful weather and good people to share it all with! Thanks Linda and to all who attended, looking forward to the next adventure

    2 · May 18, 2014

  • mitzi

    My daughter and I had a wonderful time hiking with all of you today. Hope to do it again real soon! :)

    1 · May 18, 2014

  • kim c.

    How did I miss this? See you tomorrow.

    1 · May 17, 2014

  • Linda C

    If anyone will be taking the South Shore Line, let me know and I can pick you up from the Dune Park Station.

    May 17, 2014

    • Linda C

      Absolutely! I'll be there around 10:15. I have a white Toyota Camry with a roof rack. Please text me in the morning to confirm that you are still coming.

      May 17, 2014

    • Judith H

      Great! I will text you tomorrow, thanks so much!

      May 17, 2014

  • Denice S.

    Looking forward to this!

    May 17, 2014

  • Denice S.

    Is that 10:30 eastern time (Indiana) or central time (Illinois)?

    May 17, 2014

    • Mike

      Central. The dunes area we're going to is in the Central time zone.

      1 · May 17, 2014

    • Denice S.

      Thanks Mike!

      May 17, 2014

  • mitzi

    Ok to wear sneakers or would hiking boots or hiking shoes be more appropriate for this hike?
    Thanks...

    May 17, 2014

  • mitzi

    Looking forward to my first outing with this group and also my first time to the Indiana Dunes :)

    May 17, 2014

  • Marina

    I will also have to rely on public transportation starting in downtown Chicago. I will gratefully share expenses if someone is willing to drive, and I can meet you wherever is convenient (via public transport again).

    This will be my first outing with the group. I look forward to meeting everyone!

    May 16, 2014

    • 25OR6TO4

      Marina this is my first hike with this group as well. I plan on driving from north of the city and will be going past downtown to get there so if you want to tag along its cool with me to pick you up and I can drop you off on the way back too.

      May 16, 2014

    • Marina

      That's wonderful. Thank you very much. I will send you details.

      May 16, 2014

  • lynn c

    Is there public transportation there, do one of the south shore trains run there?
    Thanks Lynn

    May 16, 2014

    • Marina

      the train leaving at 5:51 pm may be a safer bet.

      May 16, 2014

    • Marina

      for the way back, that is.

      May 16, 2014

  • robert l.

    Since I live in Valpo, this will be about 11 miles from my house. Piece of cake. No Chicago traffic to deal with and back home in time to watch the Blackhawks!

    May 16, 2014

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