Explore the most popular trails near LaSalle with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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hiking
26 days ago

somewhat snow covered, a little bit of ice. Vermillion river is flowing at aquaduct. Hiked with a 55lb pack.

hiking
bugs
muddy
over grown
5 months ago

As a MTB rider, I loved the unexpected challenges of this trail. I was looking for some riding around Starved Rock State Park, but it seems there is no biking within the park. I parked in the free bicycle staging lot near the trail in Utica, IL and rode East for 5 miles, then turned around to come back to the lot. This trail is pretty easy for the first couple miles, but after that, you need wide tires or you won’t make it. Parts of this trail are overgrown and completely covered in vegetation, there are unexpected sand patches, large insects, spiderwebs, and large puddles. There is even an area where you have to walk your bike over a wooden bridge to avoid riding through a creek. All that being said, the scenery is gorgeous and there are many areas with fire pits where you can picnic and/or camp. If you are a MTB rider who loves obstacles, definitely ride this trail. If you are road biking, find another route.

hiking
7 months ago

Utica to Buffalo Rock state park overlook. Trial has a washed out bridge 1.5 mile east of Utica. Water was knee deep at crossing. Very muddy in isolated spots otherwise great shape.

backpacking
Fri Sep 30 2016

Just hiked the 14.7 mi from LaSalle to the Fox River Aqueduct in Ottawa to officially finish the entire I&M Canal Trail. Very well maintained trail. The infamous washout near Utica is no problem as there is a simple detour built around it. Not nearly the additional hike as the one in Morris. If you have time, take the side trip into Buffalo Rock State Park for some awesome bluff views of the river and some alternate trails. Also a good place to fill up the H2O supply. All 4 camp sites on the trail west of Buffalo Rock are open and maintained. No services so be prepared.

hiking
Wed Sep 16 2015

Great network of light hiking/medium heavy walking trails along river. Well maintained. Several wooden steps, bridges and other improvements to ease access but enough up and down to make it feel like a hike. Trails are wide and sandy with some roots. Suitable for trail run. Rock formations, canyons and overhangs worth the stop. Car camp sites look good.

on I&M Canal

Sun Dec 30 2012

This is a beautiful, crushed limestone trail running from Ottawa in the East to LaSalle-Peru in the west. It's been a few years, so I don't know how the trail is maintained, but at the time I had no difficulties using my road bike on 700cc tires. The trail is actually 15.61 miles. Not sure why the app shows such a shorter distance.

hiking
2 months ago

road biking
6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

on I&M Canal

hiking
8 months ago

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Wed Aug 22 2018

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road biking
Fri Nov 10 2017

on I&M Canal

hiking
Wed Sep 27 2017

hiking
Tue Aug 29 2017

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