Trail Run Project Logo

Orange Loop

Intermediate
 4.7 (7)

The heart of the Palos system.


Your Rating:      Clear Rating
Your Difficulty:
Your Favorites: Add to Favorites · Your List
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

6.2

Miles

9.9

KM

98%

Runnable

738' 225 m

High

619' 189 m

Low

416' 127 m

Up

420' 128 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (1°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Leashed

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

Shared By:

Dave Caldwell

Trail Ratings

  4.7 from 7 votes

#1137

Overall
  4.7 from 7 votes
5 Star
71%
4 Star
29%
3 Star
0%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%
Trail Rankings

#5

in Illinois

#1,137

Overall
39 Views Last Month
3,544 Since Aug 11, 2016
Intermediate

14%
0%
57%
0%
29%
0%

Photos

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

0 Comments

Weather


Current Trail Conditions

Update Conditions
All Clear 1 day ago See History
Add Your Check-In

Check-Ins

Oct 10, 2020
Vladimira Yanevska
1h 20m