Des Plaines River Trail
ElevationAscent: 421' 128 m
Descent: -369' -112 m
High: 720' 220 m
Low: 637' 194 m
GradeAvg Grade: 0% (0°)
Max Grade: 4% (2°)
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“A gravel trail that allows users explore nature along the Des Plaines from the Cook County border to Wisconsin.”— Lake County Forest Preserves
Due to its proximity to the Des Plaines River, the trail is relatively level with a few short low grade hills. It runs through woodlands, oak savannah, plains, and wetland areas. Mosquitoes and ticks can be found during the warmer months, so be sure to check for them after your run.
The trail is primarily gravel with a few sections of concrete or asphalt when different parts of the trail are connected via roads, bridges, or underpasses. After periods of heavy rain, these underpasses may be impassable; there may be detours available.
One of the largest forest preserves that the Des Plaines River Trail runs through is Independence Grove, which is a reclaimed gravel quarry which provides a number of activities from fishing to concerts.
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Need to Know, Flora & Fauna, Runner Notes
Land Manager: Lake County Forest Preserve