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hiking
16 days ago

Decided to tackle the Darkside loop thinking "how hard can it be", and it was a great workout. Even though the track is designed for bikes, I would absolutely recommend hiking here for a quick day escape. Lots of twists, turns, changes in elevation and even a little wildlife. I couldn't believe that this place was right in my backyard. Looking forward to revisiting and exploring some more.

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

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

hiking
1 month 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.

This trail is cool.

mountain biking
1 month ago

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

mountain biking
1 month ago

Rode the Front Loop this morning. Great beginner trail for mountain biking. Packed dirt, sand and boardwalk with some roots for interest. Good place to learn with some options to make it more difficult as desired. Take a picture of the map or use the AllTrails recording to keep yourself on the right trail.

mountain biking
1 month 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.

Good paved path for biking

This is a nice hike. There are many paths you can choose from. I enjoyed the quiet of this trail.

My kids and I did the loop out to the beach. It was very nice. The trail is mostly stairs and boardwalk. A few cool observation points that look out over a view. Nice places to stop for a snack. Overall, nice, but a little short.

2 months ago

We did a hike here. Trails are confusin to follow. This was fine though because they all seem to loop back. I think this would be more fun on a bike. I am from Seattle and normally hike in the mountians, so may have had too high expectations. there just wasn't much to see and mosquitoes were really bad by the water.

mountain biking
2 months ago

I live in Michigan City and there's no good mountain biking trails there, but this is well worth the 25 minute drive. The Outback trail is pretty cool, with lots of forks in the road with one being the easier path and one being the harder path.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice easy hike, just be prepared to step off the path for mountain bikers and check out the ponds off trail

hiking
2 months ago

Very pretty hike with some really nice views of the lake after the first big climb. Bring bug spray for the woodsy sections.

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

Great spot to get away from the busy life for a bit. Has both pavement and dirt hiking/biking trails with wooden areas and open fields. My favorite place in the area!

mountain biking
3 months ago

A pretty decent trail system given the area. The Dark side loop can be difficult to navigate because it's not always clear which way to go, but if you don't mind exploring a little it pays off. It offers a nice challenge and will push the limits for newer riders. If you ride all the loops it's just under 7 miles. The newly redesigned roller coaster hill is a blast! Ride safe, guys!

trail running
3 months ago

Great trail for running. Very challenging. Yes...I can understand how it may be hard to figure out and somewhat confusing but just stay on the trail and it will take you from beginning to end.
MOST forks are labeled “More Difficult” or “Most Difficult”. The latter is an off-trail “loop” that will eventually drop you back off on the main trail.
If you run/hike/ride all the trail and loops you’re looking at a solid 7+ Miles. And that’s just on the Dark Side...more presently known as the Outback Loop now.
Again. Very challenging for any activity.

3 months ago

Just okay, nothing special.

Really enjoyed our hike as it had very interesting patches.

One Wheel XR

Only did 2 1/2 miles but very beautiful and very shaded

nice ride on hot day

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!

mountain biking
4 months ago

Very beautiful trail. Beware, if you ask the staff where the trail begins you will have to pay $10 and sign a waiver.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hiking trail. I liked the different elevations. Many mountain bikers from both ways to watch out for, but they alert you when they’re coming and let you know how many more are behind them. Looking forward to biking next time although it looks a little harder than a moderate trail.

Wear bug spray. I think I fed half the mosquito population of Palos on our walk!

A good find in southern Illinois! Pleasantly surprised.

hiking
4 months ago

Truly enjoyed this trail. Rolling hills, great vistas, and bullfrogs singing at the Tomahawk Slough.

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