Up for a new fitness challenge along Lake Michigan’s Southern Shore?

Are you ready for a run or hike that will leave your legs screaming, sweat pouring down your face and your mind telling you that you should turn back?

If so, The 3 Dune Challenge is for you.

To complete The 3 Dune Challenge, a person must tackle 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). These are the three highest dunes in all of Indiana Dunes State Park.

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.

The course is tough, but many have conquered it. Some extreme fitness enthusiasts have even done the flip trip – finishing the challenge, then turning around and doing the course from the opposite direction for double the fun and double the exhaustion.

The 3 Dune Challenge at Indiana Dunes State Park along Lake Michigan is tough, but you get great views and, hey, not everybody can say they finished it.
The 3 Dune Challenge at Indiana Dunes State Park along Lake Michigan is tough, but you get great views and, hey, not everybody can say they finished it.

Those who conquer The 3 Dune Challenge are invited to stop by the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, located about a mile south of the state park, to buy a shirt and pick up a free commemorative sticker or decal and postcards.

The 3 Dune Challenge can be done any day of the week from morning to night at Indiana Dunes State Park, 1600 North 25 East, Chesterton, IN. The challenge starts at the park’s Nature Center. There’s no cost to do the challenge, but there is a gate fee ($10 per car if you’re out of state/$5 per car in state).

To learn more about The 3 Dune Challenge, click here.

To learn about or other things to do in Indiana Dunes Country, or to claim a sticker to commemorate doing The 3 Dune Challenge, stop by the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, located at 1215 N. State Road 49 in Porter, IN. For information about the Indiana Dunes and surrounding communities, click here.

These athletes were among the first to conquer The 3 Dune Challenge. How about you?
These athletes were among the first to conquer The 3 Dune Challenge. How about you?

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