DISTANCE
5.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
452 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

paddle sports

trail running

walking

cave

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wildlife

blowdown

over grown

rocky

scramble

hiking
8 days ago

One of So IL’s best spots. Been coming here since 90s. Technical enough to keep it interesting but still big kid friendly. Spent an amazing night there last night with unbelievably forgiving weather for July. We camped at a well established spot by the water about a 15-20 min hike from the north CH trailhead and before the Wolf Den. Took 5 ticks off my son this morning but none on me. Guess they don’t like the smell of bourbon. New hikers should be aware of the two options at the north trailhead. The left fork is more friendly if you’re packing heavy or not in prime condition. The right fork is a bit of rock and boulder hopping down into the valley.