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hiking
1 month ago

Nice, occasionally steep lollipop loop exploring the north side of Wildcat Mountain. Oak forest dominates the ridgetop, but some pine plantings will be found on the lower slopes. Taylor Hollow Overlook on east side of loop was very overgrown. Combine this hike with a short, flat hike through ridgetop overlook area on the west side to get the best views. Good leaf-peeping in early October. Overall, best hike at Wildcat Mountain.

hiking
2 months ago

aspects of trail are difficult. if leaving form the picnic area / play ground area, you immediately go down a set of stone stairs. because it is a loop, you have to climb up these stairs at the end. other than that, pretty easy trail. not completely flat but large portions are

hiking
2 months ago

Great get away from Army for a bit

Mostly unimprived trail with plenty of terrain.

3 months ago

Great little hike for the springtime during the thaw! Can just walk in and explore and back out.. so good for little kiddos!

Not a difficult trail, good to take older kids on (it is a little long for little ones). Usually free of poison ivy, mostly ferns and wooded. Stop at the observation point on your way in or out!

Great hike, views of Kickapoo River, spectacular observation point overlooking river valley.

hiking
Monday, September 18, 2017

Great moderate loop hike. The trail is wooded and is free, for the most part, of invasive plants. There are a lot of ferns, and other native plants present.

hiking
Friday, July 28, 2017

An okay hike, with a few areas of exposed rock that was cool. The best part is (when entering or leaving) Observation Point, beautiful overlook. Nice little park and picnic area for the little ones.

hiking
Sunday, March 19, 2017

Fun easy trails, barely run into anyone.

Old settlers trail is dog friendly while the hemlock trail is not. Just a heads up!

hiking
Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Family of 5. Also With two mother in laws. Kids ages 2, 7, and 12. Trail is fun, yet tough. I would say trail is good for first timers and with no kids. I would go again but with only the wife.

Friday, July 08, 2016

A nice trail with a few rock outcroppings.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Peaceful, but limited views as so grown up. But very peaceful.

hiking
Tuesday, April 29, 2014

lots of elevation and some great vistas of Kickapoo valley and river. Pishga peak was a short but hard hike but well worth the view from the top.

hiking
Sunday, March 10, 2013

"One who goes there, then here"

hiking
Thursday, July 19, 2012

STARTS OUT CLIMBIMG UP ALONG THE KICKAPOO RIVER THEN UP A BLUFF TO AN OVERLOOK OF THE AREA. NICE VIEWS OF EXPOSED ROCK FORMATIONS THE RIVER HAS CUT THROUGH

hiking
Thursday, July 19, 2012

tRAIL GOES MOSTLY THROUGH A FOREST. A FEW AREAS OF EXPOSED ROCK

on Prairie Trail Loop

hiking
Monday, April 23, 2012

Gorgeous day, nice hike. Old Settlers Trail path is somewhat narrow & lacked heavy traffic... Which was perfect for us!
Nice trail length but hills a little too steep for the wife.
Trail was a little short but perfect hills for me.
Perfect for our 10 yr old daughter.

camping
Monday, October 24, 2011

Beautiful - reasonably close to Chicago, for long weekend away from the urban life. I camped myself one weekend to experience the rolling hills and the rural, semi remote area. On another I canoed the Kickapoo with friends - we stayed a bed and breakfast cabin located in a semi remote area of a farm.

snowshoeing
Thursday, October 13, 2011

Ice cave is a winter must. While it is a short trail it has some nice views.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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Monday, June 12, 2017