Almond Marsh Loop Trail

MODERATE 3 reviews

Almond Marsh Loop Trail is a 0.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Grayslake, Illinois that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until June.

DISTANCE
0.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
32 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

old growth

over grown

scramble

snow

While there are no trails here, the site is a favorite among birders. On a good day, an astute observer may sight dozens of species of waterfowl and raptors, including the Cooper's hawk and peregrine falcon. Open Saturdays, 8 am -12 pm, April through June (except Memorial Day weekend). The Natural Scene The highlight of this site is the significant marsh and sedge meadow complex. Approximately 110 acres here enjoy added protection as a dedicated Illinois Nature Preserve. The entire site is part of the larger Liberty Prairie Reserve, a collaboration of public agencies and private landowners to create a significant landscape of continuous open space in Libertyville Township. Almond Marsh provides a great spot for migrating waterfowl to rest and forage. Many different bird species have been documented using the preserve, including the state endangered black-crowned night heron and king rail. Great blue herons have been an iconic species at this marsh for decades, but the natural deterioration of tall trees recently has caused a decline in nesting sites for this species.

walking
5 months ago

4 stars is for the scenery 0 stars for walking non existent trail. My bad. I should have paid more attention to prior reviews.

birding
6 months ago

I give it 4 stars for birdwatching. The gates to the parking lot were closed today. Not sure why. So I improvised... I won't do that again. haha. Got tangled up in many thorns trying to go the other way around (of trail). This is primarily a place to park, walk out and enjoy the many species that stop over at this rookery. Not much trail if that's what you are looking for.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015