There is a beach hazard statement from the National Weather Service from Tuesday morning, September 21 through Thursday evening, September 23, 2021. Expect high waves and dangerous currents at Lake Michigan beaches. Remain out of the water to avoid dangerous swimming conditions and do not venture out onto piers, jetties, breakwalls or other shoreline structures.

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Climbing Dunes

Although Mount Baldy in the Indiana Dunes National Park is currently closed, visitors can enjoy a fantastic hike up Mount Tom in the Indiana Dunes State Park.

At 192 feet above Lake Michigan, Mount Tom is the highest dune in the state of Indiana. Mount Holden, at 184 feet, and Mount Jackson, at 176 feet, complete the set of high dunes that are accessible on the Indiana Dunes State Park's Trail 8. This serene, forested trail takes visitors up and over all three of these beautiful dunes, starting at the Wilson Shelter and finishing on the beach at the Pavilion and Beach House.

At just 1.5 miles, Trail 8 is one of the more rugged trails in the park, but the view from the top of Mount Tom is definitely worth the 100-plus steps that must be climbed to reach the peak! Visitors can delight in the stunning views of Lake Michigan, or the skyline of Chicago on a clear day, from the peak.

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