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Palos West Side Tour



12.2 mile 19.6 kilometer loop
99% Runnable


Ascent: 697' 213 m
Descent: -697' -213 m
High: 736' 224 m
Low: 622' 190 m


Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 10% (6°)


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Trail shared by Dave Caldwell

A tour of some of the most used singletrack in the Palos system.

Dave Caldwell

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake


This is one of the more standard routes used by runners and mountain bikers, on the most well-traveled trails. It's mostly singletrack with a couple of sections of horse trail and a short trip across 95th Street to access the Purple Trail.

Need to Know

Water is available in the Bullfrog Lake campground office.

Runner Notes

These trails are used heavily by mountain bikers. Be aware that bikes can come from either direction.


From the Bullfrog Lake trailhead, head north onto the Blue Trail. Almost immediately take the unmarked side trail east toward Wolf Road. Follow this trail a short distance to the intersection of 95th Street and Wolf Road. Cross 95th Street, being very careful to watch for oncoming cars, and head east about one block to a small trail entrance heading north. This trail has a sign indicating that it is for foot travel only. Take this trail northeast to the Purple Trail where you'll take the left fork to head northeast around the Purple Trail loop. At the next fork, go left to stay on the Purple Trail, heading south. Follow this back to 95th Street.

Cross 95th Street and head to the right to pick up the Yellow Trail, heading southwest. Follow the Yellow Trail for approximately two miles to the intersection of the Yellow Horse Trail. About a mile in, the Yellow Trail crosses a parking lot, just veer to the right to pick up the trail again. The Yellow Trail drops you off in the Wolf Road Woods area.

From here, head south on the Orange Loop and follow the trail all the way around to the intersection with the Green Trail. Take the left on the Green Trail and follow this to the Blue Trail, where you'll also go left. Follow the Blue Trail all of the way back to the Bullfrog Lake parking lot trailhead where you started.

Flora & Fauna

Deer, chipmunks, squirrels, dragon flies, and the occasional coyote have all been known to frequent the area.

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Aug 26, 2017
Staci Holgate

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Blue Trail in the fall.
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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
On the Purple Trail north of 95th Street.
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Following a nice ribbon of singletrack on the Purple Trail.
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