Saint Louis Canyon Trail

EASY 22 reviews
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Saint Louis Canyon Trail is a 2.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near North Utica, Illinois that features a waterfall. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and birding. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
232 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

trail running

walking

cave

forest

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

Park almost across the street from Grand Bear Lodge (there is a paved frontage road there). Follow the road on foot. Waterfall at the end of the hike.

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17 days ago

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1 month ago

Beautiful day in mid-October. High 70's. Light breeze. Colors coming in. Who could ask for more?!

1 month ago

It doesn’t seem like you’re in Illinois when you hike this trail. Even during times when the other water falls are dry, there is still water flowing in this one.

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2 months ago

Very easy trail. A few stairs but not many. Very lovely.

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4 months ago

I hiked part of this trail a few years ago. There was a road that goes down to maybe the last quarter or so of the trail as it appears here on the map. Half of the road was closed but if you parked at the top of the hill it was around a one mile round trip easy hike.

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5 months ago

awesome trail!

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5 months ago

This was our first time at Starved Rock and we were able to do a couple trails during our visit, this being one of them. St. Louis canyon is one of the few trails at Starved Rock accessible by it's own designated entry and parking area, as opposed to the majority of trails needing to be accessed from one of the park's far ends. It was me, my wife, our 10 year old and our two boxers. We were there in mid-June (2017), on a weekday, so it wasn't crowded at all. We only saw one other couple while we were there. The hike itself was pretty easy. There's a parking lot down at the trailhead, however the road going to it was closed, I'm guessing due to the asphalt being is such disrepair. We had to park at the top of a hill, outside the gate. Ironically, the most difficult part of the hike was having to walk down and up the asphalt roadway to the trailhead. The trail itself was easily maneuvered by my clan. There were some really nice canyon features, walls and rocks to climb in and on. And of course a beautiful waterfall that flowed into a shallow pool.

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