About Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Park
Northwest Indiana's jewel spans 15 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline and is a unit of the National Park System. Wooded hiking trails, beautiful beaches, impressive sand dunes and ranger-led programs offer park visitors relaxation, inspiration, fun, adventures and meaningful experiences. Mount Baldy and Pinhook Bog are located in LaPorte County and are an integral part of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Park System. Mount Baldy is a sand dune located in Indiana Dunes National Park. It is on the southern shore of Lake Michigan and is 126 feet tall. It is a wandering dune that moves or shifts every year, and is called a "living dune. Access to the Mount Baldy Summit Trail requires accompaniment by authorized staff. There are ranger-led daytime and sunset hikes on weekends in the summer and at other times throughout the year. The Pinhook Trail System is also part of the Indiana Dunes National Park and features two very different habitats. The Upland Trail highlights a rich beech and maple forest growing on top of a glacial moraine formed about 15,000 years ago. The Bog Trail leads to a bog in a depression in the moraine created when a large piece of ice broke off the melting glacier. The bog features an incredible habitat with unique plants. Click here for more information on the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Park.