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Orange Loop

Intermediate
 4.8 (8)

The heart of the Palos system.


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6.2

Miles

9.9

KM

Loop

738' 225 m

High

619' 189 m

Low

416' 127 m

Up

420' 128 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (1°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · Spring

Trails usually close to the public for two days during the Palos Meltdown mountain bike race which is one weekend, usually in late July/early August.

Description

This is the loop that connects all of the other trails in the Palos system.

Start at Wolf Road Woods and head north down "Gravity Cavity" and just keep following the trail signs to stay on the Orange Loop.

Highlights include the three consecutive ravines along 107th Street, the paved hill coming up from Archer Avenue and a peak at the monument denoting the pile of radioactive waste buried below from the days when this area served as Argonne National Laboratory.

The loop finishes up back at Wolf Road Woods after about a mile of horse trail.

This is the most heavily used trail in the area. There are usually many mountain bikers on the trail at any given time. Keep aware of bikers coming towards you and from behind. It's probably best to leave the headphones at home so you can hear traffic coming from behind you.

Flora & Fauna

Whitetail deer, dragonflies, raccoons, toads, and the occasional coyote.

Contacts

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Dave Caldwell

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Tomahawk Slough off of the Orange Trail.
Aug 12, 2016 near Burr Ridge, IL

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Aug 29, 2020
Caroline Ulczycki
May 19, 2018
Alex Marras
Oct 1, 2017
Toni Petersen
Trail was very dry. 6.3mi
Jun 3, 2017
Lino Galvan
Feb 11, 2017
Dustin Halleck
Was a good but muddy hike, kind of got lost for a little bit. Wasn't expecting all the black and double black diamonds 7.9mi
Feb 11, 2017
Sarah Sansom
6mi
Oct 2, 2016
Joe Watrach
6.2mi — 1h 30m