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Long Hiking Loop

Intermediate

Trail

1.2 mile 2.0 kilometer out and back
100% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 68' 21 m
Descent: -61' -18 m
High: 956' 292 m
Low: 908' 277 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 6% (3°)

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Trail shared by Peter Gitta

Longer version of Marengo Ridges' wooded doubletrack trail

Peter Gitta

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Runner Notes

The trail is generally good for running, though you'll want to use a bit of caution in the rooty eastern portion.

Description

For those wanting a bit longer journey than is offered by the Short Hiking Loop trail, this longer extension might satisfy. The doubletrack consists of a mixure or grass, gravel, and hard pack with roots. Campsites are located along the east side of the trail for those hoping to extend their stay in the park. Much of the trail travels through wooded portions of the park, and shade is ample.

The eastern leg of the trail is hilly with exposed roots, but the balance is a good surface. Either grass or gravel can be found in the western portion. Can be very muddy in Spring season though.

Flora & Fauna

A myriad of mammals, birds, butterflies and insects inhabit the high quality oak woodlands at Marengo Ridge including great-horned owls, wild turkeys, Eastern Kingbirds, Broad-winged hawks and numerous songbirds.

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Photos

Heading north up the Short Loop's east trailhead.
May 28, 2016 near Marengo, IL
Row of pines near the campsites on the Short Loop.
May 28, 2016 near Marengo, IL
One of the interpretive signs found scattered throughout the preserve.
May 28, 2016 near Marengo, IL

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