Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore-West Beach Loop
I’ve been wanting to do a dunes walk for awhile. With today’s really cool weather and my nineteen-year old wanting to join us–today was the day!
The West Beach loop is away from Lake Michigan and is unnaturally low after years of sand removal to other areas around Chicagoland. We saw some interesting wildflowers and prickly pear cacti. It was a nice walk.
The National Park Service map describes the Dune Succession Trail as “scenic but strenuous,” an apt description as the views were breathtaking and climbing the dunes and stairs, exhilarating but exhausting. Despite some clouds, we could see views of downtown Chicago and the entire South Shore. I even found the views of Gary, Indiana, interesting!
Good day, good walk!