Gander Mountain Loop Trail is a 1.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Spring Grove, Illinois that features a river and is good for all skill levels. 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.

Distance: 1.4 miles Elevation Gain: 203 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

cross country skiing

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

skiing

snowshoeing

bird watching

running

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

over grown

rocky

scramble

Gander Mountain Forest Preserve is a rather unique place in Lake County in that it contains some rather rugged topography. This very scenic forest preserve is not developed (though there is some trail maintenance) and subsequently provides a much more wild and rugged experience than a typical Lake County Forest Preserve.

hiking
bugs
1 hour ago

Good trail! Several places to take other smaller trails so we followed the gps on this app to keep on course. One pretty big hill but the rest was pretty easy. Had a GSD and chihuahua with us. Even the chihuahua made it out ok

Did it with two toddlers and two strollers

hiking
4 days ago

Super pretty! Just make sure to pay attention to the main paths because you could end up meandering for awhile.

Made it with a stroller

hiking
10 days ago

Great place to get lost and enjoy it.

hiking
1 month ago

Good up and down. Lovely trail. Lots of off shoots, not sure where they go.

2 months ago

Took the trail today with my 2 dogs on leash. Minimal traffic and good hiking terrain. Hardly any mud. The small hills got my heart rate up. Will return as all the state parks are closed due to virus.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail. Big hill so I recommend starting on the left side of the trail.

snowshoeing
3 months ago

Challenging trial with some steep slopes! Trail is narrow for the first 3/4 mile with prairie grass tangling your poles. Pretty hills and valleys in the oaks!

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

mountain biking
8 months ago

no biking or horse riding allowed here

hiking
over grown
10 months ago

hiking
blowdown
over grown
10 months ago

Do this trail if you want some elevation in Lake County! Beautiful vista from the geo survey marker on top. If in training for serious backpacking out west, repeat the loop several times. A few bugs, but beautiful native flowers. Old oaks down near river.

11 months ago

Very poorly maintained, boring trails, mosquitos everywhere. Almost no parking. Will never go again.

hiking
blowdown
over grown
Mon May 27 2019

Fun trail. Easy. Beautiful oak forest. Giant old oaks

hiking
muddy
off trail
over grown
Wed Mar 27 2019

Had a blast on this trail today. Brought my dog with and she loves it too. There’s some steep climbs and inclines so had to take it slow because of the mud and leaves. It got a little slippery at times but it was not too difficult. Also was able to go to a back trail through the prairie to get to a spot on the Fox river. All in all did 4miles and would definitely do it again at a faster pace to get In more of a workout.

hiking
snow
Sun Jan 13 2019

I thought this was a great trail with fun and steep hills. If you want a longer hike, I suggest to go left first and zigzag your way around the trails. It can be quick, but I spent about 1.5 hours out here and loved it in the snow! I'd say this trail is more of a moderate in terms of hiking difficulty.

hiking
Thu Jan 10 2019

my favorite trail around Antioch. winter hiking is perfect. start of summer bugs get pretty bad. bring bug spray. fall is gorgeous. trails are over grown, but makes it an adventure. dogs LOVE it too.

Thu Jan 10 2019

My favorite in the area. The bears are aggressive unless you bring peanut butter and banana sandwiches, do not feed them though, they just wanna watch you eat them.

hiking
Sat Jul 28 2018

Nice steep hills. Outer loop of the trail is not maintained. I’m 5’8 and the weeds were taller than me. Easy trail for a warm up

Sat Jul 14 2018

The trail itself is very challenging and wonderfully rustic. From an aesthetic point, it’s great! I had a hard time finding the loop and ended up turning around because the mosquitos were absolutely awful. I even sprayed myself on the trail but nothing worked. I would love to try and explore this trail some more, but the bugs might keep me away

Tue Jul 10 2018

Great workout. Steep hills are challenging.

Fri Jun 15 2018

Not impressed at all. Trail is not being maintained at all. Got down towards the bottom and couldn’t find the trail. Had to turn around because the mosquitoes were insane. I saw a turkey though which was cool.

hiking
Sun Mar 11 2018

Fun/challenging hike for northern Illinois standards. Turned it into about a 5 mile trek by following a few rabbit trails. Backs up to a ski hill so there's some incline. If you live in northern Illinois and are looking for a spot to train for more strenuous hikes elsewhere this is a good spot for it

hiking
Fri Mar 02 2018

Unmarked trails but if you stick to the outside you will be fine on the loop. Recommend going to the top of the “mountain” great views! Brought my pup and ran into a few other people with dogs. Very friendly.

Fri Dec 29 2017

Go in clockwise direction. The other direction means you climb 203 ft. at the end and it’s steep. No trails are marked so keep to the map on All Trails if you want to do the loop. Otherwise, enjoy all the rabbit trails! There are many. It was a great winter walk. Can’t wait to see it in the Spring.

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