The day I conquered The 3 Dune Challenge

I had to complete The 3 Dune Challenge. My job depended on it.

I would be in big trouble if I couldn’t tackle the 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 sand dunes in Indiana Dunes State Park.

You see, it is my job to promote The 3 Dune Challenge – and that means write about it, take pictures of it and tell the media all about it. Can’t talk about it if you’ve never done it.

So, a buddy and I got up a full head of steam and sprinted into the sand. When we got to the first way-too-steep dune, we both stopped running and decided to hike the steep parts instead. In the sandy vertical climbs, it’s common to take two steps forward and slide one step back.

These people rocked The 3 Dune Challenge at Indiana Dunes State Park along Lake Michigan. And check out the views they, and I, saw.
These people rocked The 3 Dune Challenge at Indiana Dunes State Park along Lake Michigan. And check out the views they, and I, saw.

We were rewarded with beautiful views of trees along the trail and, at the top of each of the three dunes, a sign telling us about what we’d climbed and scenic views of the rolling dunes, woods and Lake Michigan.

Breathing heavy, sweating and loving every minute of it, we finished the challenge in about 20 minutes.

It was so much fun and so rewarding that we decided to do the flip trip. We got to the finish, turned around, and did it from the opposite direction.

We’re already talking about adding another loop to make challenge even more challenging. But for now, I invite you to conquer The 3 Dune Challenge, then 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 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 it, but there is a gate fee ($10 per car if you’re out of state/$5 per car in state).

To learn more, 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, you can click here.

Look fun? It is. Run up and down the dunes for a challenge. The 3 Dune Challenge.
Look fun? It is. Run up and down the dunes for a challenge. The 3 Dune Challenge.

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