Are you looking for a new challenge? Do you have what it takes to climb the three highest sand dunes in Indiana? If so, The 3 Dune Challenge is for you.
To complete The 3 Dune Challenge, a person must run or hike a special 1.5 mile course at Indiana Dunes State Park, climbing Mount Jackson (elevation 176 feet), Mount Holden (184 feet), and Mount Tom (192 feet). Some parts of the trail feature 40-degree slopes, making each step that much more, well, challenging. In the sandy vertical climbs, it’s common to take two steps forward and slide one step back.
But those who conquer the challenge are invited to stop by the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, located just a mile south of the state park, to buy a shirt and pick up a free commemorative sticker or decal and postcards.
What’s interesting is that so many people think Mt. Baldy, which is located a few miles to the east in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, is the tallest dune in Indiana. But at 125 feet, Mt. Baldy is significantly less tall than the three sand dunes that are part of the challenge. The challenge is the premier fitness challenge in the Indiana Dunes, making it a great attraction for athletes, families, and groups of friends.
The 3 Dune Challenge trail at Indiana Dunes State Park begins at the Nature Center and is rated as rugged in difficulty level, but the park has several other trails that are rated moderate and easy. So, groups that have people of different fitness levels can pick a trail that matches their ability. There is a small entry fee to the park, but once in, the trail is free.
The Indiana Dunes area also features 15 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline for swimming, volleyball, or relaxing as well as other, critically acclaimed hiking trails.
To learn more about The 3 Dune Challenge or other things to do in Indiana Dunes Country, stop by the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, located at 1215 N. State Road 49 in Porter, IN; click here or call 800-283-8687. The 3 Dune Challenge is an initiative of Indiana Dunes Tourism.