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trail running
8 days ago

Amazing run. Really enjoyed the woods area

Highway noise is audible the whole time and the trail crossed several road with decent vehicle traffic. At one point it ran up against housing. Decent trail if you take the proximity of the city into account. The dog had a lot of fun though.

Beautiful fall day. Amazing golds and flame reds from the trees. Cool breeze in the sun making it perfect for hiking. A little road noise near the 55 but otherwise you could never guess where you you are. Easy walking. Great for our dog. Not too many times you can look down in Illinois unless your in a building but the glen gives you that privilege. Thankful for such a beautiful day.

I didn’t make it to the waterfall before nightfall, but a bit disappointed. Wasn’t as exclusive as I enjoy my trail hikes to be. Head the highway the whole time and there were telephone wires through the forest area and lots of roads to cross. Not bad for the length and the proximity to the city, and the areas are nice.

mountain biking
21 days ago

Good mountain bike trail. Some of the inclines were challenging. If you don’t want to share the trail with animals, this isn’t the one for you. A lot of dog walkers & horseback riders. Also a lot of horse poop to try and avoid.

hiking
1 month ago

Really calm hike through the forest. There is a nice small waterfal mid trail. Lot's of runners.

Exceptionally beautiful trail that is well maintained featuring small hills and plenty of shade. Cannot recommend this loop enough.

Not for biking too slippery!

Nice trails, little confusing with the maps and the trails are not marked well.

Good gravel trail for hiking/biking.

Beautiful early morning walks in this 9 mile trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Great scenery. Well kept. Wonderful waterfall.

Not as strenuous as I thought it would be. I go to a place in Michigan called Palisades Park, they have a set of steps that are killer.

The view is beautiful while walking and it is a great place to bring the dog

hiking
2 months ago

Great place to train for long distance hikes, but not technical. Bug spray/lotion is a must between miles 4 - 7 from the parking lot off Bluff rd. to the Des Plaines River outlook because the mosquitoes will cover you if you haven’t applied anything. I think miles 7 - 2 (going counterclockwise/NE from the Bluff rd lot) has the best scenery.

walking
2 months ago

My parents have taken me here since I was an infant, best place to get close to nature.

Nice trail!

really nice

hiking
3 months ago

Pretty easy walk. Love the water fall.

hiking
3 months ago

Good trail to test out pack load/equipment. Bring a hat or sunblock for there isn’t much shading. It’s a pretty busy loop, but everyone is polite and there’s room for everyone.

Nice trail to prepare for hiking trips. The trail is unmarked in one part but it’s easy to figure out. Good ~10 mile hike!

Nice trail well maintained

horseback riding
3 months ago

"Main Trail" is 9.5 mile long with beautiful long trees and some water bodies along the route. scenic views mentioned on trail map arent really scenic. water is all dried out. trail roads clearly marked. no water fountain in middle of trail. restrooms every 3 miles almost. horse back riding possible.

beautiful scenery. and lovely people surround this hidden gem of a lake

Great workout, fun environment with people of varying fitness levels using the space provided to cross-train and socialize. New additions to the stairs include abacus beads for keeping track of laps/flights, another set of stairs for better traffic flow, bathrooms, and a warming shelter.

walking
3 months ago

Saw wildlife- turtles, chipmunks, butterflies, birds. A peaceful and minimally challenging walk with sculptures and beautiful scenery.

trail running
3 months ago

You will not get bored running here if you like nature.

Trail is nice. It’s short and easy to do. Wood chips go all the way around the lake.

I lost my keys to a Chrysler vehicle on Friday the 13, anyone finds them please contact the park rangers thank you.

trail running
3 months ago

I use this trail to get some gravel miles in when palos singletrack is too soft. Some decent climbs and nice scenery. Trails are also groomed for cross country skiing in the winter when there's enough snow.

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