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Waterfall Glen Main Trail

Easy/Intermediate
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Trail

9.7 mile 15.6 kilometer loop
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 259' 79 m
Descent: -259' -79 m
High: 772' 235 m
Low: 603' 184 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 6% (3°)

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Trail shared by Ron Thomas

This trail is a multi-use crushed limestone path around the Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve.

Ron Thomas

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Open year-round from one hour after sunrise to one hour after sunset.

Overview

A well kept crushed limestone trail that winds for almost 10 miles through the ~2,500 acres of Forest Preserve land that surrounds the Argonne National Laboratory.

Description

Start at the Trailhead Parking lot and begin hiking counter-clockwise along the enjoyable rolling terrain.

Early on you'll pass the infrequently used Tear-Thumb Trail. A few more miles brings hikers past a model airplane field and then a scenic overlook of the Des Plaines River. There's also a worthwhile side trip along the Rocky Glen Trail to see the waterfall constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930's.

Maps are generally available at the trailheads, but the route is fairly straightforward and easy to travel. When you've reached the end of the loop simply head back to your car.

Flora & Fauna

Kettles, Moraines, Prairie, Oak Savannah restoration areas and small Pine groves.

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Sep 18, 2019
Javier Lopez
9.7mi — 2h 56m
Aug 7, 2019
Michael Gonzales
Jul 26, 2019
Arthur Carvajal
Jul 8, 2019
Peter Falk
55lb pack. very sorry by the end 9.7mi
Jul 6, 2019
Arthur Carvajal
An easy hike with frequent shade and varying scenery. Quite pleasant. No need for a map because it is a simple loop around Argonne National Laborat… 10.6mi — 3h 20m
Dec 16, 2018
Stephanie Meyers
Nov 23, 2018
Lem Prades
9.7mi
Oct 29, 2018
Christian Coon
Went for a run 6mi

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  3.8 from 28 votes

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An algae covered pond along the Waterfall Glen Main Trail.
Nov 8, 2016 near Darien, IL
A little trail-side display of color.
Nov 8, 2016 near Darien, IL

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