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Sag Valley Main Trail

 13 votes

Length

8.5 Miles 13.6 Kilometers

99%

Runnable

Elevation

364' 111 m

Ascent

-364' -111 m

Descent

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

15%

Max Grade (9°)

731' 223 m

High

591' 180 m

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One of the nicest trails in the Chicago Area.

Matthew Rodriguez with updates from Kristen Arendt

Overview

This trail features mostly small rolling hills with a few bigger hills on the east end.
Features: Birding — Fall Colors — Lake — River/Creek — Spring — Views — Wildflowers
Dogs: Leashed

Need to Know

Around Mile 4, Swallow Cliffs - North has a pair of stairs, a large sledding hill, and restrooms with flush toilets. Many people climb these stairs for fitness. The sledding hill is a recent conversion from a pair of toboggan runs that was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1930

Description

The trail is a well marked, mixed-use, packed dirt trail. Equestrians and cyclists also use this trail on a regular basis, so keep proper trail etiquette in mind when visiting this area.  Follow the yellow blazes to keep on this loop. The rolling hills of this trail creates a terrain varied elevation that is found in few places in northeast Illinois.

The logged trail begins at the Swallow Cliffs - South forest preserve. It begins near the Brown Trail, but this loop follows the yellow blazes for its remainder. The trail crosses several creeks via bridges. Smaller streets are crossed, but for US-45/Lagrange Road, the trail passes through an underpass. After periods of substantial rain, there may be standing water in these underpasses.

In warmer months, proper precautions should be taken for mosquitoes and ticks. Poison ivy is found just off the trails.

History & Background

The Palos and Sag Valley preserves, in Southwest Cook County, comprise the largest and most diversified holding for the Cook County Forest Preserve. Mostly hilly and forested, they are notable for scenic beauty and rich in history back to glacial and geologic times. Masses of hawthorns and crabapples bloom in spring; the woodlands provide colorful autumn foliage. There are fine upland meadows; many lakes, ponds, and sloughs; a great variety and abundance of wildlife and the best fishing waters in Cook County.

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Apr 29, 2018
Bob Veierstahler
Sag Valley Main Trail (Swallow Cliffs Yellow Loop) 8mi
Apr 21, 2018
Bob Veierstahler
7.2mi
Dec 6, 2017
Steve Homner
trail in great shape 11mi
Jun 21, 2017
Steve Homner
9.2mi
Jun 5, 2017
Steve Homner
9.1mi
May 22, 2017
Steve Homner
8.5mi
Feb 27, 2017
Steve Homner
8mi
Aug 8, 2015
Steve Homner

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  4.3 from 13 votes

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Overall
  4.3 from 13 votes
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#6

in Illinois

#1,068

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