backpacking
1 month ago

Curvy, hilly trail obviously groomed for mountain biking but fun. Easy walk along the river the inland trails set up for biking but we enjoyed the hiking. All gravel, rock and sand no paved. We brought the dog and he loved it too.

Great hike

hiking
1 month ago

Loved the informal structure of the trail, all dirt paths, no paved or gravel trails. I would consider the trail to be more moderate than difficult. Great trail overall!

backpacking
1 month ago

trail running
2 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

awesomeness!!! i underestimated the difficulty level on it!
its definitely a workout!

fishing
5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

mountain biking
6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

great trails. not much heavy traffic. 4 year old loved it. wear the right shoes pretty rocky for this area in IL.

hiking
7 months ago

I have hiked sort of casually in the past and this summer did the longer option at Starved Rock and some local other trails....this one we went to because of the "moderate to high" difficulty. It made all other trails look like a cake walk. The workout difficulty was great---nice and painful-- possibility of danger made it more fun. We did not anticipate the mosquitoes (see...hiking nube) so I didnt bring bug spray. We could not stop to catch our breath for more than 20-30 seconds without being attacked so we had to keep moving pretty fast. We sort of jogged up the hills and were careful coming down---cause in this place if you get hurt...you are screwed. If it weren't for the darn flying boodsuckers, this was a fantastic beautiful forest hike. I'll go in the cooler months or with a bath in deet next time.

Great trails, interesting, lots of nice hills, lakes, bogs, narrow rocky paths-Very Difficult to find your way out, make sure you cell phone is charged!

hiking
10 months ago

great trail with perfect tall trees for hot days, low traffic, bring bug spray

hiking
10 months ago

Love this trail for hiking and mountain biking. For hiking, it is awesome with lots of ups and downs and loose rock and roots (also why it is a challenging but fun mountain bike trail). I love the workout created by the short hills and being in the woods 90% of the time. It does get buggy. Also, there are horses and bikers sharing the trail.

This is not a hiking trail this is a serious mountain bike trail is not for beginners