McAdams Peak Trail is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Grafton, Illinois that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length1.9 miElevation gain396 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashkid friendlyHikingForestRiverViewsWildflowersWildlifeMuddyRocky
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Kelly L
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Clockwise took me up gradually then down steeply. Guides by gold blazes then green arrows back to the Visitor’s Center. Perpetual views of river, rock formations, bluffs through the naked trees. 5 stars in all seasons!

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Mike Palermo
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A tad muddy, big incline starting out, medium traffic. Beautiful weather

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Ian O'Neal
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Awesome trail with great views of the Mississippi River, bottomlands, cool rock formations, elevation changes. Will do again.

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Heather Cross
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Lots of traffic on the Saturday we visited. Gorgeous views!

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Naarah Pyscher
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Little slick so we went off trail. Beautiful

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Kyle Gullicksrud
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Well marked. I guess difficulty depends on which way you’re going. I found the beginning more challenging than the rest. Will have to do north and south next time.

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Blackpeoplewhohike .
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Beautiful! Great day, not too crowded!

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Emily G
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some great vibes

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Martha Downey
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best trail in the park

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Karin O'Brien
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Trail up was perfection - going down was a little trickier due to wash out, but still a gorgeous outing!

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Deanna Fasnacht
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Gretchen Schmidt
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Beautiful views - a little crowed for my tastes.

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Mitchell K
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Well maintained trail with cool rock formations and great views. The incline is more spread out if you start from the lower parking lot, which is technically called the Goat Cliff trailhead.

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Mydhili Muppana
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Tim Larson
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Vijayachandar Chandrasekaran
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Devin Gray
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great, well maintained! beautiful views. great rocks/bolders to climp for the kids

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Joanne Diaz
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Abby White
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Laura Agee
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John Steger
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Always a nice little hike. Depending upon the direction you go it’s a bit steep. Counter-clockwise is the steeper direction. Nice views at the top, and really cool rock formations and cliffs.

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Amanda Kroeschel
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Love this trail. Lots of up! Uneven surface, but all natural and fun

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b w
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Mindy Houghton
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some of the look out areas are overgrown. the path itself is clear.

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Andrew Pokha
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Tiffany Seidel
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This trail was stunning and absolutely gorgeous! It gives a great work out all the way to the top! Lots of inclines! Scenic overlook at the top was amazing! I would advise sticking to the higher trails though, if you go early in the morning like we did. We walked along near the bottom of the trail and we could barely walk because there were so many huge spiders webs with big spiders! Think I’m gonna revisit in the fall or winter!

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Eve Cook
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Nice trail and well marked. Get a trail map from the Pere Marquette visitors center for more info as this trail divides off. The forest part of the trail is wide and well-cleared. Not muddy at all when we went, but dirt pack mostly, so I suppose would be insanely muddy after a good few days of rain. Doable climb to the top for a lovely view of the Mississippi. The only issue...as others have mentioned...is that some of look out areas are quite overgrown. Still a nice length hike to do with our two kids ages 10 and 14. Completely doable for any child over 5 with reasonable fitness.

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Joe Collins
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