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Maple Lake

MODERATE 125 reviews

Maple Lake is a 9 mile loop trail located near Willowbrook, Illinois and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 9.0 miles Elevation Gain: 688 feet Route Type: Loop

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hiking
muddy
24 days ago

Today was fun on this trail but it was super muddy and you aren’t supposed to use these trails when muddy. I didn’t realize this until I already was a little over half way back though :-/.... these are nice challenging trails with gradual inclines that make for good exercise. Not too far from Chicago! I only saw a couple other hikers and I didn’t see any mountain bikers..

hiking
28 days ago

Nice trail. Very muddy/wet. But hey, not bad for the end of December-57°.

hiking
1 month ago

WARNING: This is a combo of Palos trails (Orange, Blue, etc) that don’t link up at points and the trail on map doesn’t always line up with an actual trail. The app helped, but due to its length phone died and then good luck! But the hike itself was nice. Also it took me 4 hours without stopping other than to take drink of water

running
muddy
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Love this loop.

hiking
3 months ago

Excellent trail outside Chicago. Perfect escape to hike and picnic by the lake. Many mountain bikers but super friendly to hikers. Trail is rocky but perfect for trail running. It reminds me of the trails in TN.

mountain biking
over grown
3 months ago

hiking
bugs
muddy
rocky
4 months ago

the trail was about 2 miles longer than the app claimed there was a lot of mountain bikers which by the way if you're into mountain biking this would have been a great Trail and there was bugs a lot of other trails set away from it so it was easy to get off Trail I followed the GPS but overall it was an excellent Trail

mountain biking
rocky
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Not great hiking. It does seem to be the closest thing to “hilly” terrain we have in the Chicago area though. You will spend a lot of time dodging mountain bikes.

hiking
4 months ago

Good variety of trails. Pretty well kept. Maps along the way as well as markers at intersections. Can spend all day here!

I would recommend to all mountain bikers. If you hike just be aware that there are mountain bikers. I loved the up and down terrain. great practice for those who want to prep for a backpacking trip. Note: You can pitstop at the Bullfrog lake campground for toilets and water.

hiking
bugs
rocky
4 months ago

Another great hike and done in under an hour.

hiking
bugs
rocky
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

awesome trail,rocky,some bugs.very good hike.

hiking
bugs
5 months ago

it was a very good hike some portions of the trail were challenging but great!!

hiking
muddy
6 months ago

hiking
muddy
rocky
7 months ago

muddy
8 months ago

Nice and relatively secluded. Hiked the trail after it had rained leading to a pretty muddy hike. When I hike this trail again I will wait until conditions are less muddy.

10 months ago

Love it

hiking
Mon Nov 26 2018

Hiked the trail the day after Thanksgiving 2018. The beginning is easy, but about 2 to 3 miles in the directions got murky. We sorted it out, and ended up in on the Forest Preserve Orange Trail that was clearly marked with posts and maps. The way is forested with easy variations in terrain. The mountain bikers we encountered were pleasant and courteous. Definitely worth doing again.

mountain biking
Thu Jun 28 2018

I will be back to this trail. It’s a good place for mountain bikes. I enjoyed myself here. The view of Maple Lake is nice and it’s quite.

running
Sun Apr 29 2018

by far my favorite running trail in the area!

walking
Mon Sep 25 2017

I'm new to the photography world. So I go to random trails, I literally fell in love with this one, it's very beautiful.

walking
Sun Aug 06 2017

Good trail, however the trail gets extremely narrow at many points. This becomes a problem due to the frequent mountain bikers that pass by. It almost felt like hikers were unwelcome. I would avoid bringing children or elderly people on this trail. The constant leaping out of the way could cause issues.

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