Visitors from all over the world have embarked on the adventure at the Indiana Dunes State Park called the “3 Dune Challenge.” It’s one of the most memorable activities that vacationers remember about their visit to Northwest Indiana.
The “challenge” is an epic climb up the three tallest sand dunes at Indiana Dunes State Park. It’s 1.5 miles of tough trail with 552 vertical feet that’s 100 percent brag-worthy.
If your idea of fun is running up the stairs of a skyscraper or doing a marathon, try climbing 552 vertical feet of sand and stairs. The 3 Dune Challenge is Indiana’s best test of physical strength and endurance. Compete against your own “PB” while running the equivalent of 55 stories up three towering dunes. And if you still want more, give it your all by taking the flip trip—running back up the dunes in reverse to the starting point.
Hiking up the three tallest sand dunes isn’t easy, but it can still be fun for all ages. Go solo or grab your friends and family to hike the 1.5-mile trail at your own pace. Just be sure to take plenty of stops—not to catch your breath, but to catch sight of our stunning Indiana Dunes views.
How to Take the “3 Dune Challenge”:
1. Go to the Indiana Dunes State Park – Visit Indiana Dunes State Park, located at the end of State Rd. 49 at 1600 N. 25 East, Chesterton, IN 46304.
2. Hike the Trail (see map) – With 552 vertical feet, this is the toughest trail in the State Park. Take the challenge and conquer the dunes.
3. Share the Challenge – Take a selfie at the top of one of the dunes and post it using #3DuneChallenge.
4. Get Your Badge of Honor – Visit the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center for a free bumper sticker and to buy a commemorative T-shirt or hoodie.
If you start the Challenge at the end and walk to the beginning it’s a little easier, especially for first-timers. It’s a wonderful hike any time of year with new beauty to offer each time, especially in Fall and Winter.
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