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Bullfrog Loop

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.4 (13) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A good introduction to the Palos West system.


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Map Key

7.4

Miles

11.8

KM

97%

Runnable

739' 225 m

High

615' 188 m

Low

625' 190 m

Up

624' 190 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake

Closed for one weekend in August for the Palos Meltdown mountain bike race.

Overview

This great loop run is made up of the Blue Trail North, Green Trail, Orange Loop, and Campground Trail.

Need to Know

Water is available in the Bullfrog Lake Campground office.

Runner Notes

The loop is 100% runnable.

Description

The trail ranges from winding, rooty singletrack to wide, limestone horse trail to a short paved section near Archer Avenue.

Start at the Bullfrog Lake parking area and head out on the Blue Trail North. A bigger downhill leads you to the intersection of the Green Trail. Take the right fork at the Green Trail along a wide horse path to another fork with the Orange Loop. Take the right fork again and the trail switches back to singletrack.

Keep following the Orange Loop all the way to Wolf Road Woods parking area and through the picnic area to the horse trail section of the Orange Loop. Follow the orange trail to another fork where you'll take the right fork to the Green Trail. Follow the singletrack down a grassy hill back to the Bullfrog Lake parking area.

This area has a lot of mountain bike traffic, so be vigilant as bikers may be coming from either direction.

Flora & Fauna

It's very common to see squirrels, garter snakes, chipmunks and deer on this route. In the winter, you'll see the occasional coyote.

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Shared By:

Dave Caldwell

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Photos

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

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Jul 16, 2020
JP R
This was a great loop! Easy to navigate and stay on course. It has great scenery and a good combination terrain.
Jan 5, 2020
Sean Wyatt
Mar 18, 2018
Bob Veierstahler
1:01:32 6.2mi
Aug 26, 2017
Staci Holgate