Cap Sauers and Swallow Cliff Loop Trail

MODERATE 236 reviews

Cap Sauers and Swallow Cliff Loop Trail is a 7.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Palos Park, Illinois that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

7.6 miles
410 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



cross country skiing


horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips


trail running





wild flowers





2 months ago

Nice area to unwind and enjoy nature. The trail is maintained but very slippery in winter. Nothing complicated or technical skills needed, just a good pair of hiking boots and some water.

3 months ago

I have hiked sections of this trail multiple times, and this is the first time I did the whole loop. Great trail.

6 months ago

Enjoyed the beautiful hike with a few steep climbs. Looking forward to future walks here.

7 months ago

Excellent trail! Well marked, nice challenging hike.

mountain biking
8 months ago

Fun trail, the gravel was very lose in many spots. I rode a trek ds 2 and I had a few issues keeping traction.

11 months ago

Decently marked trails. Even in wet weather, the trails don't get too muddy. Lots of equestrian activity.

11 months ago

I did the total yellow loop. Very nice trail, but be careful after heavy rain. It is clear that lots of parts flood after a storm. Give it a couple days and it will be ok. I went on a Sunday and traffic was low to none in some parts. Very nice interaction with trail runners, hikers, and horse riders. This trail must be very beautiful when foliage blooms in a month or so. I highly recommend it!

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Nice trail make sure you wear boots if it's wet out.

trail running
Saturday, March 04, 2017

Lovely trail

Sunday, February 26, 2017


Sunday, February 19, 2017

First time on this trail. More of a walking path than hiking trail. Well traveled by joggers, walkers and bikers. Good if your looking to get some miles in. Very urban

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

This is a lovely trail with little rivers and pretty scenery. There's hilly terrain and I went during the winter so parts of the trail were icy. I got lost trying to do the full loop. The trail can intersect with a nearby trail if you aren't paying attention. So I suggest using this app to stay on course.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Went for the stairs and only hiked a small distance. Need to go back and do the complete trail.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Challenging runs up and down the many hill. Some very steep

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Lots of hills, and beautiful scenery.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Wonderful trail!

trail running
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

this is an amazing place to get a good workout. The hills are life, really makes u feel like ur in full beast mode.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Love it! And stairs also...)!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Stairs are great in the early morning. beautiful trails. perfect

Monday, July 18, 2016

Awesome!-started and ended at the stairs-115...cute little cafe with healthier snack choices. Definitely plan on coming back again. There was a good amount of people on the trail and quite an abundance on the stairs.

trail running
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Ran/Walked 8.3 miles. Nice scenery. Saw some deer. Good inclines on trails.

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Awesome place to hike

Monday, May 30, 2016


Saturday, May 07, 2016

One of 4 great hilly hikes around Chicago.

Monday, February 08, 2016

Did this trail yesterday with the boyfriend and it's a very nice and fairly quiet trail. We did the super old stairs too. Maybe just because of the time of year. It was very muddy and icy as I see noted by another hiker. I recommend some waterproof boots or proper hiking shoes. I like that there are a few offshoots. Since it is a horse trail as well, watch out for little "road blocks". I look forward to going back again in the Spring and summer.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Solid trail but fairly icy currently. The white trail offshoot to complete this loop involves about 100 years of stairs. There is no clear marker that this will complete the loop.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

It was beautiful...a nice long trail. Very icy, though

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Great loop trail with moderately difficult hike up a steep, winding trail. Great hill to train on!
Mill Creek adds a nice touch to this enjoyable trail. Horseback rider was on the trail too.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The best on the southside

mountain biking
Saturday, November 07, 2015

Find the MTB trails. There are plenty and some of the best around Chicago.

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