Lusk Creek and Secret Canyon Trail

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Lusk Creek Wilderness

Lusk Creek and Secret Canyon Trail is a 3.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Herod, Illinois that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length3.4 miElevation gain337 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingForestViewsWildflowers
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stanley reed
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Laura Connolly
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Hiking

nice hike. not too much elevation change. some muddy patches, but generally pretty dry. starts through a pine forest, which is really pretty!

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BeckyMonty Clark
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Muhammad Omer
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Ok. Not paved tho.

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Brian Liivak
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Not a lot of water in creeks or falls. But sections of trail still mucked up by horses. Cool canyon to explore. Near the turn around there is a camp to tie up horses. Would love to see the creek when it is raging with water. Maybe two spots to park at trail head

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Jessica Bentley
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Horse trail

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Sara McKinzie
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There is a tree across the road 0.3 miles before the trail. :( We drove 2 hours to get here.

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Melissa Hess
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Hiking

Nice trail with a tiny little waterfall after some rain. Amazing rock formations further down. Uphill hike most of the way back.

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Judy Taylor
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Spectacular trail!! Beautiful running water over rocks at Lusk Creek... take a picnic lunch and enjoy the beauty at Lusk Creek. Wide trail most of the way for horses, narrows as you get near to the creek. Watch your trail map.., lots of side trails. Beautiful pines and hardwoods on the walk. #apartmentat217

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CJ F
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Easy to follow horse trail 492A. I did it as an out to the canyon & back — a little over 3 miles. Beautiful area, pine forest & canyon is amazing. Will definitely come back.

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Andrew Williams
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We were looking for a lightly traveled trail. This is it! The hiking was moderate, but perfect for my family. Even though it was chilly, the kids enjoyed playing in Lusk Creek. Secret Canyon is beautiful. There is evidence of horse hikers, but we saw none on our hike. This was a nice Coronavirus free activity.

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Jerry Riepe
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As shown here it is definitely an out and back trail but I've entered secret canyon by parking at the old church building and coming from a different direction so making a loop is certainly possible but the best scenery is this portion of the out and back trail.

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David Morgan
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Horseback riding

This trail was easy to access and well marked along the way. It definitely is a moderate trail with lots of gravel and beautiful scenery. Nice rock formations later on in the trail but not so easy for a greener horse to handle.

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Jarred Ingram
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Hiking

Wonderful trail. Love to relax out here in Lusk Creek Wilderness.

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Karen Baumann
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Gorgeous hike, love the stream and rock formations, but I second those who say it shouldn't be listed as a loop. Once you pass the cave, the trail goes another direction and does not continue as a loop. We had to trailblaze our way back in an attempt to find the rest of the loop, even while following our blue dot on the supposed map on my phone.

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Ryan Parmenter
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I definitely echo other reviews that you should consider this an out-and-back and not a loop. The Secret Canyon is a good destination spot for lunch or just to see, or you can hike a bit further if you want to get more miles in. Parking at the trailhead is non-existent (we just pulled off the road as much as we could). Also, the trail is not marked with markers, so you kind of have to follow where the horses have walked. If I had more time, I would have tried to make a loop out of it and tried to find the trail that joined back up where I started.

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Jarred Ingram
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Hiking

Great trail! So many views, so many bluffs, so many rock formations, wonderful small waterfalls and a fun trail. The trail is very long if u plan in seeing everything. Horseback riders also used this trail. Fun trail to walk and will return to c more and have more daylight.

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Stephanie Dowdy
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Hiking

The trail needs more markers. And I left covered in seed ticks. But the terrain was beautiful. Excellent workout.

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Seth Cox
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I go here just about every other week and of you go in near Frank's tract, the path is marked well and there are wooden signs to guide you. awesome hike. after secret canyon I suggest following trail 457 to trail 481 and you can see saltpeter cave on your way back

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Elsie Talkington
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Markers for trail were not very good. We got lost & hiked for 5 hours because the markers kept sending us in the wrong place. If you go to this trail, go to the water & then turn around, secret canyon is when the trails start getting sketchy with markers.

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Samantha Wuest
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gorgeous trail and waterfall; however, I'm not sure how it's a loop. Recommend going to the water and Turning around!

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Kathryn Van Camp
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Randy Howard
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Jessica Russell
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Jennifer Drake
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Madison Andrae
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Jeff Sponn
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Dan & Cindy Dennis
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Natasha Johnson
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