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Montrose Harbor Trail

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Montrose Harbor Trail is a 5.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Chicago, Illinois that features a lake 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: 5.4 miles Elevation Gain: 42 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

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The Lakefront path runs all along Lake Shore Drive. From where LSD ends at Sheridan Rd. to south of McCormick Place. It's paved and heavily used but is a great pedestrian pathway for running, rollerblading, walking and biking. Biking can be treacherous especially on summer days when packed.

hiking
rocky
2 days ago

Gravel path on a large part of the trail, good for jogging, hiking, biking, but I would not skate on gravel. There are some paved spots but not as smooth as the lakefront trail. Very good view of Lake Michigan and sail boats from the harbor as well as along the path.

Fri Aug 31 2018

Go in the morning on a weekday, and you'll nearly have this area to yourself! Enjoy the many moods of Lake Michigan, great views of the city, and plenty of swamp and water birds

walking
Sun May 14 2017

The lake views are gorgeous, and it's a really nice walk. Not so great if you want something challenging.

Thu Nov 03 2016

I got rubbed in this location, so sad because love the trail. They destroy my doors to get in, when to the trunk of the car and got everything from my car, computer bag, my personal bag and everything. I will think twice to go again. So sad

hiking
Mon Oct 31 2016

Very nice trail. truly loved the dog park on the beach. Had never seen anything like that before. Watching all the dogs play was an amazing site to see.

Thu Jul 28 2016

X

Mon May 30 2016

Nice crowded.

hiking
Tue Apr 26 2016

One of my favorite stretches of the lake if you go up to the bird sanctuary / the magic hedge / dune areas. It isn't all pavement if you extend your hike past the harbor into the peninsula. Great for seeing birds, trees, and escaping the sound of cars!

walking
Sat Nov 15 2014

Am a Chicagoan, born and raised. If you haven't walked, run, or biked this trail I refuse to say you're a resident. The views are amazing, from the beautiful lake, to the art, the city, and eventually leading into the suburbs.

Mon Aug 04 2014

A flat and very busy paved bike and running path, but I do the 5 miles on it work every day in all weather. I would say the views from it can be great with stoms coming in and would suggest the south path (past the museums) if you want a path with less people. For more distance head all the way from Monroe to the end of the trail at Ardmore (around 8 miles).

Fri Jun 06 2014

Great trail with great views. Many things to see and places to stop and eat. Can be heavily congested on weekends and holidays.

walking
Sun May 18 2014

Lot of fun in the summer time!! Not exactly a trail, but a paved bike path.

running
Thu Mar 27 2014

Beautiful view of the city. That's about all it has going for it. The trail is too congested during Chicago Marathon training season and the users (both bikers and runners) are very poor observers of the trail rules making it unreasonably dangerous.

walking
Tue Jul 30 2013

Great place to spend the day walking around and enjoying Chicago's beautiful skyline.

walking
Sun Apr 21 2013

It's a great place to stroll, I live in Chicago and walk it often (because I love to walk). I was surprised to see it on here to me because it's like a second sidewalk sometimes to me. It's a great view, but very crowded during the warmer seasons.

road biking
Fri Dec 28 2012

I grew up riding the lake front trail but it's way over crowded. Great views and lots to explore and worth the ride if you can avoid the crowds.

mountain biking
Fri Sep 07 2012

I completely agree with Joe. Its a great way to spend the day enjoying the beautiful skyline but you really have to do some defensive riding in certain parts but its definately a ride to do at least ince.

road biking
Tue Nov 08 2011

Not the lengthiest trail but if you enjoy Chicago this trail is great. The crowd calms down south of Soldiers Field. I have the funnest time on this trail when I want a care free ride. Stopping at the beaches to swim or going on Navy Pier to people watch. The path is not the smoothest especially between Ohio st. Beach and Oak st. Beach

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