Mount Baldy


Mount Baldy is a living dune, so-called because it moves several feet inland every year. In the process, it buries the vegetation in the path of its advance, and a look at its downwind slope reveals the tops of dead trees sticking forlornly out of the mountain of sand.


Dune Top

At some point in the not-too-distant future, it seems likely to bury the parking area and associated facilities. Either way, the views from the top are worth it (except perhaps for the smokestacks of Michigan City just to the east) and the beach below is accessible and inviting.


Inland Edge


Trails

Getting to the top is a scramble; for every foot you climb you'll likely slip back six inches, and in the process accumulate a great deal of sand in your shoes. A longer alternative path exists; it is less steep and may prove better for both you and the dune.


Directions

LaPorte County, north of US 12, sandwiched between the county line and Michigan City.

N 41 42.417 W 86 55.784 (Parking Lot)
N 41 42.333 W 86 55.862 (US 12 Entrance)
DeLorme 19:A10


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Facilities

Bathrooms (flush toilets).


Nearby Natural Areas

Barker Woods
Indiana Dunes State Park
Kemil Beach
Ly-co-ki-we Trail


References

Bloom: Hiking Indiana; Page 29
Habeck: Wild Indiana; Page 18
McPherson: Indiana Best Hikes; Page 108