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Pretty icy right now, bring ice grippers...but still a great hike!

A pretty easy trail to hike, well marked, alot of walkers and bikers, all friendly. Path became a little muddy after the morning thaw. Dog walkers need to clean up their furbabie's poop.
The waterfall is nice and worth the 9.3 mile loop.

One of the best views of the park!

Very beautiful but beginning to become run down due to increased foot traffic. Lots of garbage left everywhere.

hiking
23 days ago

Beautiful trees, well-kept trail, and moderate hike.

great trail....our dog loved it!!

hiking
25 days ago

Great for biking and running but for a walker this is an easy boring path.

hiking
25 days ago

There is a Christmas Eve hike every year on this loop, & that was the day I went. I agree it should be upgraded to rugged for that final dune, I almost had to scramble to get up. But it is worth it for the views.

really nice place to go to for walks

hiking
1 month ago

We did this and the yellow trail (they connect) for a total of 16 miles. Good up and downs and pretty scenery. I didn't realize that a place like this existed near Chicago. Wasn't too busy since it was December but a few mountain bikers who all were very courteous. We are training for Patagonia and will be back to this trail. Pretty well marked but yo udo have to pay attention in a few areas

nature trips
1 month ago

Love coming out here at all times of the year. Beautiful place.

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty decent trail with a good amount of elevation however the factories nearby emit lots of fumes/smells. I developed a sinus headache and hurried to complete the walk.

best nature trail I've found near Chicago

I thought this was a great hike! Usually when they say moderate it’s because there is a bump in road... this was actually a narrow trail with ups and downs. I enjoyed it, but because it gets dark so early, I chose a shorter trail.... the brown. I will be back to do a longer one, hopefully in the near future and with more time on my hands!

One of my favorite forest preserves in Lake County. Quiet and very peaceful. Great place to relax and have a casual morning/afternoon on Lake Michigan

Nice hike through the Forest Preserve. Trail is well-marked. Users are considerate. Watching people train on the Swallowtail Steps is seriously inspiring.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked the trail the day after Thanksgiving 2018. The beginning is easy, but about 2 to 3 miles in the directions got murky. We sorted it out, and ended up in on the Forest Preserve Orange Trail that was clearly marked with posts and maps. The way is forested with easy variations in terrain. The mountain bikers we encountered were pleasant and courteous. Definitely worth doing again.

walking
1 month ago

Decided to challenge ourselves to go for this 9ish miles trail during Thanksgiving weekend. Finished up around 3 and half hours. Enjoyed the trail very much, beautiful view, took bunches of photos on the way, though the trail is quite muddy after the rain.

Even though the grassy trails are still closed, the views of the lake are fantastic.

great trail, all users are pretty considerate, has nice ups and downs

hiking
2 months ago

This was nice hike that I enjoyed. Good amount of hills which I liked. Went during the weekday and not that many people on the trail. Also the trail is well marked so you shouldn’t have a problem following it. Go out and enjoy this trail.

trail running
2 months ago

Amazing run. Really enjoyed the woods area

Nice trail around a small peaceful lake with a waterfall. I did manage to go off trail and we got very muddy but it was likely user error. nice mix of woodchip trails and wooden bridges. Would be great trailrunning practice loop.

mountain biking
2 months ago

definitely should be rated hard. most inexperienced mountain bikers will have issues. helmet and proper bike a must.

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.

Loved this trail. Different types of settings all during one trail.

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.

very nice trail, the path is easy and full of trees.

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