9.2 miles
31 ft
-38 ft
Avg time

Calumet Trail Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Horse
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Indiana Dunes National Park
    Portage, Indiana
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    AM, Gravel
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical Rating
  • Dogs Allowed
  • eBike Allowed
    Yes up to Class 1
  • Global Ranking
    #195996 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    15 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in E-Biking
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
    • 5 in Horseback

The trail follows the South Shore Railroad tracks and NIPSCO power lines. There is no shade. The trail can be impassible (i.e. wet shoes) due to standing water along much of the trail that can be 4-6" deep in spots. The trail is not suitable for road bikes.

The Calumet Bike Trail connects to many trail systems. The west trailhead parking lot connects to the Porter Brickyard Bike Trail and the Cowles Bog Trail (hiking only). There is access to the Dunes Kankakee Bike Trail and Indiana Dunes State Park hiking trail system at the South Shore Dunes Park train station. At East State Park Road (Kemil Road or 300E), there is access across U.S. Highway 12 to the Glenwood Dunes Trails (hiking only) and the Calumet Dunes Trail (hiking only). At Broadway Avenue (Beverly Shores), there is access to the Great Marsh Trail (hiking only) and the Dunewood Campground. At the east trailhead, the parking lot on U.S. Highway 12 is close to the Mount Baldy Beach Trail (hiking only).

More Stats for Calumet Trail multi-use trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -7 ft
  • Altitude min
    607 ft
  • Altitude max
    623 ft
  • Altitude start
    615 ft
  • Altitude end
    608 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    5 miles
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      Calumet Trail Trail Reports

      May 6, 2023 @ 6:03am
      May 6, 2023
      As it gets closer to Michigan City passed the State Park closer to Beverly Shores it is significantly flooded. We were not prepared for such...
      Jul 8, 2020 @ 2:36pm
      Jul 8, 2020
      Totally dry for a change with some sandy off camber sections.
      Jan 1, 2020 @ 1:44pm
      Jan 1, 2020
      Very wet and icy, impassable in some places.
      Jun 19, 2019 @ 11:37am
      Jun 19, 2019
      Major standing water between IN 49 and Beverly Shores 3-4 inches deep in some places. Passable on an mtb if you dont mind your feet being very wet.
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      6 Months
      • 1 rides
      • 16 miles avg distance
      • 8 rides
      • Last: May 6, 2023


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