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Recommended Routes in Chicago Metro Area - 18

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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 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 I wide prairie view when out in the open during a paved road crossing after lots of tree cover.
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 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 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 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 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
Favorite American Kestrel
Easy

Montrose Bird Sanctuary (The Magic Hedge)

0.4 mi 0.7 km 10' Up 3.07 m Up 12' Down 3.62 m Down

Lincoln…, IL

Chicago Metro Area Running

  • 1,368 Miles 2,201 Kilometers of Trail
  • 18 Recommended Routes
  • 397 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 47 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 0 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Chicago Metro Area - 425

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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
1.2 mi 1.9 km #5Sunflower Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Naperville, IL
Easy/Intermediate
Naperville, IL
3.1 mi 5.0 km #6Rollins Savanna Forest Preserve Trail
Easy
Third Lake, IL
Easy
Third Lake, IL
0.8 mi 1.3 km #7Nippersink Forest Preserve Trail
Easy
Round Lake, IL
Easy
Round Lake, IL
0.8 mi 1.3 km #8North Pond Loop
Easy
Chicago, IL
Easy
Chicago, IL
2.1 mi 3.3 km #9Hastings Lake Blue Loop Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Lindenhurst, IL
Easy/Intermediate
Lindenhurst, IL
0.4 mi 0.7 km #10Fox River Forest Preserve Trail
Easy
Port Barrington, IL
Easy
Port Barrington, IL

Photos of Chicago Metro Area - 137

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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
Hidden waterfall in Waterfall Glen DuPage County Forest Preserve
Jan 26, 2016 near Lemont, IL
The trail is full of life and diversity.
Jul 7, 2016 near River F…, IL
American Kestrel
Apr 21, 2018 near Lincoln…, 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
Hidden Pond
Jul 9, 2020 near East Du…, IL