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Cap Sauers and Swallow Cliff Loop Trail

Palos Park, IL

Cap Sauers and Swallow Cliff Loop Trail is a 7.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Palos Park, IL that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

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Recent Reviews

on Jackson Falls, Illinois
1 day ago

hiking
2 Completed1 Reviews

Two amazing waterfalls. Trail was confusing and became lost for a little bit but got out safe.

on Gander Mountain LCFP
1 day ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

on Ferne Clyffe Waterfall Tr...
1 day ago

3 Completed2 Reviews

One of my favorites. To see the waterfall you should hike it in the late Spring, early Summer or after a period of rainy weather for the area. Very easy trail, strollers can be taken on it.

on Montrose Harbor Trail
1 day ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

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on Matthiessen State Park Tr...
2 days ago

hiking
13 Completed9 Reviews

Quite muddy, but more noticeable was the trash along the trail and the large (and noisy) crowds. Beautiful waterfalls - walking in the canyons was wonderful!

on Silver Springs State Park...
2 days ago

10 Completed2 Reviews

This is by far one of my favorite parks in the area. If you go around sunset (8ish around this time of year) you're bound to get some beautiful pictures! The hikes at Silver Springs are always very easy but we always manage to get attacked by mosquitos so make sure you don't forget the bug spray like I always do!

on Silver Lake Boy Scout Tra...
3 days ago

walking
1 Completed1 Reviews

For a trail in this area, it was awesome. None of the trails were closed, which is apparently very common around here. Not a hard trail by any means, but a nice walk.

on Cap Sauers and Swallow Cl...
3 days ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

on Beaver Trail
3 days ago

backpacking
1 Completed1 Reviews

couldn't even find it. maybe it just hasn't been maintained, or maybe it's so "hard" it's impossible to follow.

on Big Rock Forest Preserve ...
3 days ago

camping
25 Completed19 Reviews

I camped at Big Rock Campground (just north of this) and there is a 1.3 mile trail that connects to this trail. Campground and trails were average. Siegler lake is a beautiful catch/release lake, saw many bass/panfish.. and a big ol' carp. The trail around it was labeled as 'gravel' - it's about 15% gravel, 60% dirt, and 25% grass. The offshoot trail up the hill is barley mowed overgrown atv tracks. Trail to the campground is basic crushed limestone. West Savanna Trail is a bit overgrown for a mowed path. 2 pieces of wood from the bundle of wood i bought were half burnt already, lol. As a whole it was an ok camping experience and ok trails. I'll upload a pic of the map they had at the campground.

on Horseshoe Lake - Walker's...
4 days ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

The park received funding from a donor and reopened.

on Beaver Dam Loop
4 days ago

hiking
2 Completed2 Reviews

Nice, mostly shady trail, through the woods around the lake.

on Crabtree Nature Center Hi...
4 days ago

hiking
4 Completed3 Reviews

We did the Bur Edge trail out from the nature center. An easy trail with the kids through the woods and prairie. Saw egrets, frogs, and birds. The kids nature play area was neat. Very hot and there were extended periods without shade. Enjoyed the exhibits at the nature center as well.

on Sand Ridge State Forest T...
5 days ago

hiking
1 Completed1 Reviews

tick infested!!! left early

on Giant City State Park
6 days ago

backpacking
5 Completed3 Reviews

Hiked the Red Cedar Trail today. (7/23/16) It was well marked. I only got turned around a couple of times and it was quickly corrected. The campground is hard to find. You must walk up an electric power pole right of way, in order to find it. Take lots of water. The description says easy. It's not easy. Yes, parts of it are on roads or gravel paths, but other parts are up and down hills. It balances out. I hiked the trail in 5.5 hours. It would be a nice trail to camp on, then finish the next day.

on Starved Rock Trail
6 days ago

hiking
7 Completed7 Reviews

on Starved Rock Trail
6 days ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

on hidden lake
6 days ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Excellent spot for walking, essentially 2 one mile loops around decent sized lakes on one side and the DuPage River on the other. This is the back of the Morton Arboretum , the views and the vistas are very nice

on Glacial Park and Vicinity...
7 days ago

hiking
7 Completed7 Reviews

on Volo Bog Interpretive Tra...
7 days ago

hiking
7 Completed7 Reviews

I've been to the Volo Bog many times, but this was my first time doing the longer trail. I hope to do this hike again when the flys are not so bad and I can enjoy it more. They were HORRIBLE. 7/18/2016