1966 Hiking Challenge: Dunewood Trace

1966 Hiking Challenge Dunewood Trace Trail

The Glenwood Dunes Trail System brings visitors through a rich landscape of woods and wetlands over 12,000 years old. Red-shouldered hawks patrol the canopy as wild turkeys scour the ground for nuts, berries, and invertebrates. The Dunewood Trace Trail connects the park's campground to the Calumet and Glenwood Dunes trails. As the trail nears the campground, look for evidence of the old golf course that was here before the campground!

The 1966 Hiking Challenge is comprised of 19 hikes that cover 66 miles of trail in the park- celebrating the park’s founding in 1966. The ranger-led hike for this trail met at the Dorothy Buell Memorial Visitor Center parking lot and wass scheduled for Saturday, August 17th at 8:00 AM. Do not worry if you cannot make each of the 19 ranger-led hikes. A check-off sheet will be available at the Visitor Center or the the Paul H. Douglas Center for those who complete the hikes on their own.

REMINDER: Information found on this page is specific to the 1966 Hiking Challenge


  • Please visit Trail Safety for tips and reminders to ensure your adventure is both safe and enjoyable
  • Ranger-led hikes occur rain or shine and are only canceled in inclement weather such as high winds or thunderstorms when conditions are unsafe

Getting There

Parking Lot Address
Calumet Dunes Lot: 1596 North Kemil Road (300E), Chesterton, IN 46304

Parking Lot Coordinates
41.661836, -87.010109 (Decimal Degrees)

Need to Know

  • Hours – Open daily from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm.
  • Passes are required.
  • Hike Length: 4.4 miles (out-and-back distance)
  • Hike Time – 2.5 hours
  • Difficulty – Easy to moderate with some change in elevation.
  • Trail Surface – Packed dirt with some sections of sand or boardwalk.
  • Facilities – Year-round restrooms and potable water at Calumet Dunes Trailhead which is the same parking area as the USGS Lake Michigan Ecological Rsearch Station.
  • Pets – Permitted on a leash (6' or shorter).
  • Prohibited – Littering and hunting.
  • Prohibited – Bicycles and motorized vehicles.
  • Prohibited – Removing plants, rocks, shells, and fossils.
  • Prohibited – Glass and fires.
Dunewood Trace Trail Map 1966 Hiking Challenge

Hike from USGS to the campground and back.

Last updated: April 15, 2024

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

1100 North Mineral Springs Road
Porter, IN 46304


219 395-1882
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center phone number.

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