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926 mi 1,490 km of trail 18 Recommended Routes

Easy Trails 327 Trails Intermediate Trails 42 Trails Hard Trails 0 Trails
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Recommended Routes in Chicago Metro Area - 18

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Favorite The trail is full of life and diversity.
Easy/Intermediate

The Chicago Outerbelt Route

208.3 mi 335.3 km 1,652' Up 503.43 m Up 1,651' Down 503.37 m Down

Chicago, IL
Favorite Oak trees begin to leaf out in a well-managed oak woodland. With plenty of sunlight, the spring wildflowers are abundant.
Intermediate

Sag Valley Main Trail

8.5 mi 13.6 km 364' Up 110.8 m Up 364' Down 111.01 m Down

Palos Park, IL
Favorite An algae covered pond along the Waterfall Glen Main Trail.
Easy/Intermediate

Waterfall Glen Main Trail

9.7 mi 15.6 km 259' Up 78.82 m Up 259' Down 78.83 m Down

Darien, IL
Favorite Watching the Chicago Air and Water show from the Lakefront. Near Diversey Ave looking south.
Easy/Intermediate

Chicago Lakefront Trail

18.4 mi 29.6 km 154' Up 47.07 m Up 150' Down 45.69 m Down

Lincoln…, IL
Favorite Galloping Hill Sunset (Fall 2019)
Easy

Galloping Hill Wildlife Loop

0.5 mi 0.7 km 21' Up 6.49 m Up 21' Down 6.47 m Down

East Du…, IL
Favorite Blue Trail in the fall.
Intermediate/Difficult

Bullfrog Loop

7.4 mi 11.8 km 625' Up 190.36 m Up 624' Down 190.16 m Down

Willow…, IL
Favorite Morton Arboretum road in the fall.
Easy/Intermediate

Morton Arboretum Loop

4.5 mi 7.3 km 176' Up 53.73 m Up 175' Down 53.47 m Down

Lisle, IL
Favorite 606 Trail at Whipple St.
Easy

The 606 (Bloomingdale Trail)

5.7 mi 9.2 km 8' Up 2.42 m Up 8' Down 2.41 m Down

Chicago, IL

Trails in Chicago Metro Area - 350

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2.0 mi 3.2 km #1Lyons Woods To Waukegan Savanna Trail
Easy
Beach Park, IL
Easy
Beach Park, IL
0.7 mi 1.1 km #2Prairie Wolf Forest Preserve Trail
Easy
Bannockburn, IL
Easy
Bannockburn, IL
0.8 mi 1.3 km #3Nippersink Forest Preserve Trail
Easy
Round Lake, IL
Easy
Round Lake, IL
3.1 mi 5.0 km #4Rollins Savanna Forest Preserve Trail
Easy
Third Lake, IL
Easy
Third Lake, IL
2.9 mi 4.7 km #5Red Loop
Easy
Kildeer, IL
Easy
Kildeer, IL
2.3 mi 3.8 km #6Waukegan Savanna Forest Preserve Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Wadsworth, IL
Easy/Intermediate
Wadsworth, IL
0.5 mi 0.9 km #7Half Day Forest Preserve Trail
Easy
Lincolnshire, IL
Easy
Lincolnshire, IL
0.4 mi 0.7 km #8Fox River Forest Preserve Trail
Easy
Port Barrington, IL
Easy
Port Barrington, IL
2.1 mi 3.3 km #9Hastings Lake Blue Loop Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Lindenhurst, IL
Easy/Intermediate
Lindenhurst, IL
1.0 mi 1.6 km #10Grassy Lake Red Trail
Intermediate
Lake Barrington, IL
Intermediate
Lake Barrington, IL
0.9 mi 1.5 km #11Sedge Meadow Forest Preserve Trail
Easy
Wadsworth, IL
Easy
Wadsworth, IL
1.2 mi 2.0 km #12Black Trail
Easy
Kildeer, IL
Easy
Kildeer, IL
2.6 mi 4.2 km #13Sun Lake Forest Preserve Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Lake Villa, IL
Easy/Intermediate
Lake Villa, IL
1.2 mi 2.0 km #14Outer Loop
Intermediate
Ingalls Park, IL
Intermediate
Ingalls Park, IL
1.9 mi 3.1 km #15Grassy Lake Yellow Trail
Intermediate
Lake Barrington, IL
Intermediate
Lake Barrington, IL
0.8 mi 1.2 km #16Oriole Grove Forest Preserve Trail
Easy
Lake Forest, IL
Easy
Lake Forest, IL
1.7 mi 2.7 km #17Independence Grove Forest Preserve Trail
Easy
Libertyville, IL
Easy
Libertyville, IL
1.2 mi 1.9 km #18Fox River Yellow Gravel Loop Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Port Barrington, IL
Easy/Intermediate
Port Barrington, IL
1.0 mi 1.6 km #19Lake Carina Forest Preserve Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Gurnee, IL
Easy/Intermediate
Gurnee, IL
1.0 mi 1.6 km #20Grant Woods Forest Preserve Trail
Intermediate
Fox Lake Hills, IL
Intermediate
Fox Lake Hills, IL

Photos of Chicago Metro Area - 105

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Galloping Hill Sunset (Fall 2019)
Apr 6, 2020 near East Du…, IL
The trail is full of life and diversity.
Jul 7, 2016 near River F…, IL
Blue Trail in the fall.
Aug 12, 2016 near Burr Ridge, IL
Hidden waterfall in Waterfall Glen DuPage County Forest Preserve
Jan 26, 2016 near Lemont, IL
Montrose Hill
Aug 4, 2015 near Lincoln…, IL
Defiance Lake sunset.
May 16, 2016 near Lakemoor, IL
Cedar Waxwing
Nov 30, 2018 near Lincoln…, IL
Galloping Hill View (Early Spring 2020)
Apr 6, 2020 near East Du…, IL