Gander Mountain Loop Trail is a 3.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Antioch, Illinois that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
cross country skiing
Gander Mountain Lake County Forest preserve is a 3.0 - 5.0 mile loop trail located near Antioch, Illinois. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking, mountain Biking and birding. Gander Mountain Forest Preserve is a rather unique place in Lake County in that it contains some rather rugged topography. This very scenic forest preserve is not developed (though there is some trail maintenance) and subsequently provides a much more wild and rugged experience than a typical Lake County Forest Preserve.
No path markers so if you just want to see the top of gander "mountain", follow the map on here. Otherwise, it's a path through the Forrest that just gets you in circles.
Just okay, not very challenging, some hills but poorly maintained, not too interesting
great place to have an adventure.
Wear light pants if you go in the summer. The trail is narrow and full of plants. My legs got destroyed in shorts.
This is one of the better places to hike. There are a couple hills that were a nice challenge.
if you are looking for more than your average walk in the woods this its it. Lots of up and downs. the path or should I say paths are easily visible for the most part. there are many paths that branch off. There are some areas of overgrowth, as another hiker said they could use some trail markers. nothing is really marked. I didn't see another person the entire time I was out there. I hiked nearly 6 miles. seen 1 huge wild turkey. at times the growth is so big you cannot see anything right or left of you, may be the time of year. I went in June. nice feeling of the middle of nowhere if that's your thing.
Trail is narrow but easily seen, although in parts the plants will be in the way a bit. Be ready for some climbs/descents too. Great views, beautiful flowers and birds. Plenty of woodland creatures to make friends with. I befriended a toad named Reginald. I went 6/22 and i guess it's strawberry picking season. Make sure you stop by Stade's Farm close by :)
Absolutely fantastic trail! I have gone twice now! Granted parking on the side of the road was a little different then I am use to it worked out just fine! The sights are amazing atop the hill! The second time I went they were doing a controlled burning so we kept it a little short but it was absolutely beautiful with some SERIOUS up and down hills!!
Amazing views and great changes in elevation. A small footpath for most of the way.
We'll come back.
Parking sucks, but real nice trails a lot of hills so it can be difficult, I belive it has the highest point in lake county, and you can get to Wilmot mountain too from it shhh really nice park, pet friendly!
Only bad is the lack of parking. Love the trail! Rugged enough to bring my stick. Saw deer.
This little park is very cool . I've always liked that off the trail feel where it feels like your the first to be exploring the area nothing better
Everything was great except for the tics! Look out for those!
I'm really happy with this trail , It's my new favorite trail. The elevation changes are great. The trails could use some markers
5/10/14 - This is a great trail for birding and hiking and even better if you are a mountain biker. At least 300+/-ft in elevation gain from the top of Gander Mountain to the bottom land trails. Many quality and challenging side trails throughout preserve. A mature forest in the hilly area opens up to a seasonal marsh and prairie area to the east. Some reforestation is taking place near the Fox River. Good spot for birding at east end of park near swampy ponds and river shore.