Glenwood Dunes Trail
6.8 miles, 129 feet of elevation gain, 1% average grade, 4% maximum grade
Average hiking time: 4 hours
This featured loop hike is equestrian friendly and also a favorite of cross-country skiers. Park at the Glenwood Dunes parking lot located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 20 and Brummitt Road. Bring a trail map as the route has too many trail junctions and cut-offs to fully describe here. From the trailhead, hike in a counter-clockwise direction and take care when crossing roads. At the east end of the loop, take the short cut-off to avoid the Calumet Dunes Paved Trail (Note that it is a short hike to the Calumet Dunes parking lot if restroom or potable water is desired). After the cut-off, follow the trail west along U.S. Highway 12 before heading south the western-most point of the trail. Do not take the Glenwood dunes Extension Trail. Instead, follow the loop trail back to the north and then east to the parking lot.
The hike can be extended by adding the Calumet Dunes Paved Trail, Dunewood Trace Campground Trail and Glenwood Dunes Extension Trail for a total hike distance of nearly 15 miles.
Dunewood Trace Campground Trail
4.4 miles, 30 feet of elevation gain, 0% average grade, 1% maximum grade
Average hiking time: 2.5 hours
This out and back trail connects the Calumet Dunes Paved Trail and Glenwood Dunes Trail to the National Lakeshore's Dunewood Campground. Park at the Calumet Dunes parking lot as there is no non-camper parking at the campground. From the Calumet Dunes parking lot, walk around the main building to the left (south side) and follow the paved trail off to the right. The Dunewood Trace Campground Trail will break off to the left within a tenth of a mile. The trail is 4.4 miles round trip to the campground and back. As you get close to the campground, look for remnants of an old golf course.
The trail surface is a mixture or packed dirt and loose sand. Please be careful as a section of the trail runs on county road 375E. There is no sidewalk or protected path. There are restrooms and potable water at the campground. Pets are allowed on a leash on this trail.
Glenwood Dunes Extension Trail
2.6 miles, 26 feet of elevation gain, 1% average grade, 2% maximum grade
Average hiking time: 2.5 hours
This out and back trail connects with the Glenwood Dunes Trail with the South Shore Railroad's Dune Park station. There are no parking lots at either end of the trail. The nearest parking lot is the Glenwood Dunes lot located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 20 with Brummitt Road. Bring a trail map as the route has too many trail junctions and cut-offs to fully describe here. From the Glenwood Dunes parking lot, hike west until you reach the west end of the Glenwood Dunes trail. At the junction with the extension trail, begin the out and back hike. The trail will cross Tremont Road and ends at county road 50E. Turn around and follow the trail back to its junction with the Glenwood Dunes Trail.
The trail surface is a mixture of packed dirt and loose sand. The round trip distance from the Glenwood Dunes Trail junction to the trail's western terminus and back is 2.6 miles. Pets on a leash are allowed on this trail, but not the Glenwood Dunes Trail. Horses are not allowed on this trail.
Calumet Dunes Paved Trail
0.5 miles, 32 feet of elevation gain, 2% average grade, 5% maximum grade
Average hiking time: 45 minutes
This hike is a loop trail and is wheelchair accessible. Starting at the parking lot trailhead, hike the trail loop in a counter-clockwise direction. The path is easy to follow. Please be aware of trail junctions. Stick to the left at each junction. The first two junctions are the north and south entrances to the Glenwood Dunes Trail system. Note that no pets are allowed on the Glenwood Dunes Trail. The last trail junction is with the Dunewood Trace Campground Trail. Again, stay left. The trail ends on the opposite side of the building from where you started. Walk around the front of the building to get back to the parking lot.