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Recommended Routes in Chicago Metro Area - 17

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

The Chicago Outerbelt Route

208.6 mi 335.7 km 1,684' Up 513.38 m Up 1,684' Down 513.32 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 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 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 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
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 Around mile 4 on the Yellow Loop.
Intermediate

Deer Grove Forest Loop

9.6 mi 15.5 km 274' Up 83.53 m Up 274' Down 83.48 m Down

Inverness, IL

Chicago Metro Area Hiking

  • 1,364 Miles 2,195 Kilometers of Trail
  • 18 Recommended Routes
  • 395 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 46 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 0 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Chicago Metro Area - 422

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6.2 mi 9.9 km #1Orange Loop
Intermediate
Willow Springs, IL
Intermediate
Willow Springs, IL
17.7 mi 28.5 km #2Great Western Trail
Easy
Saint Charles, IL
Easy
Saint Charles, IL
2.0 mi 3.2 km #3Lyons Woods To Waukegan Savanna Trail
Easy
Beach Park, IL
Easy
Beach Park, IL
0.7 mi 1.1 km #4Prairie Wolf Forest Preserve Trail
Easy
Bannockburn, IL
Easy
Bannockburn, IL
0.8 mi 1.3 km #5Nippersink Forest Preserve Trail
Easy
Round Lake, IL
Easy
Round Lake, IL
3.1 mi 5.0 km #6Rollins Savanna Forest Preserve Trail
Easy
Third Lake, IL
Easy
Third Lake, IL
0.4 mi 0.7 km #7Fox River Forest Preserve Trail
Easy
Port Barrington, IL
Easy
Port Barrington, IL
2.1 mi 3.3 km #8Hastings Lake Blue Loop Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Lindenhurst, IL
Easy/Intermediate
Lindenhurst, IL
0.8 mi 1.3 km #9North Pond Loop
Easy
Chicago, IL
Easy
Chicago, IL
0.5 mi 0.9 km #10Half Day Forest Preserve Trail
Easy
Lincolnshire, IL
Easy
Lincolnshire, IL

Photos of Chicago Metro Area - 136

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Defiance Lake sunset.
May 16, 2016 near Lakemoor, IL
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
Hidden waterfall in Waterfall Glen DuPage County Forest Preserve
Jan 26, 2016 near Lemont, IL
A misty morning over Lake Marmo.
Nov 10, 2016 near Lisle, IL
Blue Trail in the fall.
Aug 12, 2016 near Burr Ridge, IL
Montrose Hill
Aug 4, 2015 near Lincoln…, IL
Hidden Pond
Jul 9, 2020 near East Du…, IL