60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Chicago: Including Aurora, by Ted Villaire

By Ted Villaire

Focusing at the Chicago area’s city and rural components and every little thing in among, this booklet positive aspects vintage hikes at such gorgeous spots as Starved Rock nation Park, in addition to gem stones just like the LaSalle Fish and flora and fauna zone in northwestern Indiana. broad key-at-a-glance details makes it a snap to decide on a hike in response to size, hassle, and surroundings. useful lists spotlight the easiest hikes for kids, for natural world viewing, and different different types. This variation comprises 5 new hikes.

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This process created extensive wetlands at places such Volo Bog, Chain O’ Lakes State Park, and Moraine Hills State Park. PICK A TRAIL, ANY TRAIL Even though the focus of this book is hiking, much of the information will be useful to cyclists, trail runners, cross-country skiers, snowshoers, parents with strollers, and wheelchair users. With a growing number of trails classified as “multiuse” (trails typically with a wide, smooth, crushed gravel surface), many people are seeing that there’s more than one way to follow a trail.

We can’t always schedule our free time when we want, but try to hike during the week and avoid the traditional holidays, if possible. Trails that are packed in the spring and fall are often clear during the hotter or colder months. If you are hiking on a busy day, go early in the morning; it’ll enhance your chances of seeing wildlife. The trails really clear out during rainy times; however, don’t hike during a thunderstorm. Investigate different areas around the region. The scenery you’ll find hiking through grasslands is pleasantly different from the riparian forest alongside a fork of the Des Plaines or Fox rivers.

2. )—Guidebooks. I. Title. II. Title: Sixty hikes within sixty miles, Chicago. 5109773—dc22 2008015801 Cover design by Steveco International and Scott McGrew Text design by Steveco International Cover photo by Chuck Eckert/Alamy Author photo by Michael Roberts All other photos by Ted Villaire Maps by Steve Jones and Ted Villaire Menasha Ridge Press PO. com TABLE OF CONTENTS OVERVIEW MAP MAP LEGEND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS FOREWORD ABOUT THE AUTHOR PREFACE HIKING RECOMMENDATIONS INTRODUCTION COOK COUNTY 1 Deer Grove Loop 2 Crabtree Nature Center Hike 3 Chicago Botanic Garden Hike 4 Skokie Lagoons and River Hike 5 Busse Woods Loop 6 Chicago Lakeshore Path: South Hike 7 Chicago Lakeshore Path: North Hike 8 Jackson Park Loop 9 Palos/Sag Valley Forest Preserve: Cap Sauers and Swallow Cliff Loop 10 Palos/Sag Valley Forest Preserve: Little Red Schoolhouse Hike 11 Palos/Sag Valley Forest Preserve: Tomahawk Slough Hike 12 Lake Katherine Trail DUPAGE COUNTY AND DESTINATIONS WEST 13 Tekakwitha–Fox River Hike 14 Pratt’s Wayne Loop 15 Blackwell Forest Preserve Hike 16 Fullersburg Woods Forest Preserve Loop 17 Danada Forest Preserve Hike 18 Morton Arboretum East Hike 19 Greene Valley Forest Preserve Loop 20 Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve Loop 21 Silver Springs State Park Loop 22 Shabonna State Park Loop NORTH CHICAGOLAND AND WISCONSIN 23 Bong State Recreation Area Loop 24 Geneva Lake: North Shore Hike 25 Bristol Woods Hike 26 Chain O’ Lakes State Park: East Hike 27 Chain O’ Lakes State Park: West Hike 28 Glacial Park Loop 29 Illinois Beach State Park: Dead River Loop 30 Volo Bog State Natural Area Hike 31 Moraine Hills State Park Hike 32 Des Plaines River Trail: Old School to Independence Grove 33 Marengo Ridge Hike 34 Lakewood Forest Preserve Loop 35 Veteran Acres–Sterne’s Woods Hike 36 Ryerson Woods Hike NORTHWEST INDIANA AND ENVIRONS 37 Warren Dunes State Park Loop 38 Indiana Dunes State Park: Dune Ridge Loop 39 Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore: Ly-co-ki-we Hike 40 Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore: Cowles Bog Trail 41 Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore: West Beach Loop 42 Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore: Bailly/Chellberg Hike 43 Oak Ridge Prairie Loop 44 Deep River Hike 45 Grand Kankakee Marsh County Park Hike 46 LaSalle Fish and Wildlife Area Loop SOUTH CHICAGOLAND AND THE ILLINOIS RIVER VALLEY 47 Pilcher Park Loop 48 Joliet Iron Works Hike 49 Thorn Creek Hike 50 Goodenow Grove Hike 51 I&M Canal Trail/McKinley Woods Hike 52 Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area: Tallgrass Trail 53 Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area: Prairie View Trail 54 Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie Hike 55 Buffalo Rock State Park Hike 56 Starved Rock State Park: East Hike 57 Starved Rock State Park: West Hike 58 Matthiessen State Park Dells Area Hike 59 Kankakee River State Park Hike 60 Iroquois County State Wildlife Area Hike APPENDIXES APPENDIX A: OUTDOOR STORES APPENDIX B: PLACES TO BUY MAPS APPENDIX C: HIKING CLUBS ACKNOWLEDGMENTS My gratitude goes to all the staff and volunteers who provide the essential service of maintaining the parks and trails in the Chicago region.

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