Sentinel, Sunset, and Pine Trail

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Sentinel, Sunset, and Pine Trail is a 3.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Savanna, Illinois that features a river and is rated as difficult. 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
3.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
803 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

camping

hiking

rock climbing

scenic driving

walking

cave

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

The Native American pathfinders along the rock palisades of the Mississippi River did as present-day hikers do - in coursing the bluffs, they took the paths of least resistance. The trails at the Mississippi Palisades, especially the parks southern routes, puts you in touch with the past. The gateway to seeing the parks impressive assortment of plant and animal life is its rugged 15-mile trail system. The five trails in the northern part of the park are generally wider and less strenuous than the five in the south, which are narrow and extremely close to the bluff. The southern trails also are very hazardous when wet. The North System includes High Point Trail at 3.5 miles and Aspen at 1.9 miles. Sentinel Trail, at 1.2 miles including spurs, is the South Systems longest hike, but it and other southern loops arent for the tenderfoot. Ozzies Point, Louis Point and Lookout Point, four developed overlooks accessible by short walks, offer a surfaced trail leading to an overlook. Oak Point offers a trail surface suitable for the physically challenged. Hiking trails are closed during the parks three-day firearm deer season, and specific information in available at the park office.

hiking
1 month ago

I hiked Sentinal loop with my dog. It was 1.5 miles with lots of ups and downs. There have been a lot of storms this summer so many trees were down across the path. It was a bit of a workout.

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backpacking
4 months ago

We backpacked the Aspen trail in the north section of the park and stayed at primitive site A. This trip included me, my best friend and two of our daughters. We arrived on a Saturday morning and all 3 primitive sites were available. I suspect that the sites are pretty much always open. This was a shakedown backpacking trip for us so we wanted a short trail. The Aspen trail at 1.1 miles fit the bill. The trail is wide but mostly uphill. You come to an intersection with a pit toilet and signs to the primitive sites. Each site has a fire ring with a grill and a picnic table. Plenty of flat area to pitch two tents. After we set up our site, we hiked the Bittersweet trail back to the main campground to retrieve bug spray from our car. The bugs were pretty bad. We drove down to the south part of the park and hiked half of the Sunset trail. The part we went on was not on the bluffs but had very challenging ups and downs.
It was very hot out and buggy but we had a great time. Good place to test out your backpack equipment.

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11 months ago

Beautiful sunset and not much hiking to find

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Saturday, August 27, 2016

fun yet difficult in parts great for scouts

hiking
Monday, August 08, 2016

There are several areas on the south section where the trails have not received maintenance. Stairs have washed out, and trees are down across the trails. This may be due to the State of Illinois budget difficulties, but who knows? At any rate, if you are hiking with very young children this might make the trail more challenging. We rather enjoyed the extra effort required.

hiking
Sunday, August 07, 2016

Good hike! Not to hard but the north trail was a little boring.

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Quick hike with a few good views of the river. Great for young kids.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Easy and fun hike. Cool overlook points. not the most exciting hike.