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    Sidney Freedman reviewed Mallard Lake Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Nice hike around a lake. The landfill that is just west of the lake, while it's not open to walk on, it is the highest man made hill in DuPage County at 982 ft.
    The next closest in height is Greene Valley at 880 ft. The top of Greene Valley is open on the weekends during the summer.

    Sidney Freedman completed Mallard Lake Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Sidney Freedman reviewed Three Dunes Challenge Loop

    over 1 year ago

    Liked it and hated it. It's been decades since i've even been on this much sand, but i can handle hills & stairs, so i wanted to try the 3 Dune Challenge.
    These Dunes kicked my butt!! I'm an older heavy set guy that had a heck of a time trying to climb the dunes. Every step up the dune resulted in a foot sliding back a half step or more. Took me 3 times as long to climb a dune than i expected. And Going down the 2nd dune, Mt. Holden, i slid 2-3 feet for every step down.
    This was one loaded challenge. It was not as easy as others said. I'm sure that's due to my size working against me trying to climb. Thankfully after the 2nd Dune there is a shortcut trail back to the start by the Nature Center. The Dune Challenge is on Trail 8, Trail 7 splits thru the middle, simple trail.

    Sidney Freedman reviewed Red River Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Their is a HUGE difference from the Vermillion River Area (Red River Trail) and the Dells area at Matthiessen. Holiday weekend the Dells was nutso so checked out this area. While the map near the parking seemed detailed, it was different than the website map. The trails themselves aren't marked well. We relied more on the help of other hikers on where the trails went. If not, would have been real easy to get lost.
    And unlike the Dells area, there are No stairs here, it's all hill getting down to the river area. With that being said, it was a good hike. I love the Dells area and would give 5 stars if the trails were marked better.

    Sidney Freedman completed Red River Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Sidney Freedman reviewed Castle Rock State Park Lookout

    over 1 year ago

    This is a real nice lookout along the Rock River. from the parking lot there is access to trails going north & south along the river. There are 138 stairs to the upper lookout deck. It's a very sturdy wide stair case, the stairs them selves are aluminum. The 2 outlook decks have benches, plenty of room for lots of people.

    Sidney Freedman reviewed Swallow Cliff North Stairs

    over 1 year ago

    I'm no runner or fitness buff, in fact i'm old, over weight and have too many injuries to list, but i still like a challenge. My personal best climbing stairs was 802 @ Matthiessen State Park last year (along with 4.5 miles). I read about Swallow Cliff earlier this year, thought if there was a good weather day, i'd check it out. Well, that day came (6/19/17) so i drove the 25 miles to get there and try my luck.
    There were more people there than i would have thought for a Monday, even so i didn't have any problems with anyone there. Just walking, no racing for me, really didn't being lapped by so many, maybe cause so many were very nice.
    Up one set of stairs, down the other will give you 293 Stairs. I wanted 2 "Laps", but hoped for 3....I did 4. But then decided to do a half lap up the longer side (168 stairs) and like a fool, i went to the top and back down with a day total of 1,508 Stairs.
    Today is the 20th & I hurt; getting out of a chair hurts, going up and down stairs in house hurt, but I'm damn glad i did 5 trips up and down.
    **UPDATE:
    2017 i did go back, on 7/14 i returned and did 2,016 stairs.
    2018, not a good year with bad knee, feet and a fall in late 2017 that helped to pack lbs back on. With a daily average walking about 60% of previous years, i wanted to get back to those stairs. 7/23/18 i made it back.
    I have to say a HUGE Thanks to the people that are on those stairs. I easily outweighed the next heavy person by 100+ lbs. With my increased pain and anxiety of weight and pain, i wasn't sure how i would do there. But the more i was on the stairs, the more people that said Good Job, Keep It Up or just gave me thumbs up. A few stopped and talked to me, which allowed me a nice little break. I have found on some trails, i get the same response and it helps. I can be so self defeating, having people that are so fit be so supportive is awesome. Bad Knee and all, i did 1,622 stairs; beat one of my trips last year and i was in pain for a week plus, but it was worth it.
    I'll be back, i want to beat that 2016!! Thank You Swallow Cliffs

    Sidney Freedman completed Swallow Cliff North Stairs

    over 1 year ago