ElevationAscent: 378' 115 m
Descent: -379' -115 m
High: 731' 223 m
Low: 655' 200 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 7% (4°)
Popular runs nearby
7.4 mi 11.8 km • Point to Point • 625 ft Ascent 190.36 m Ascent
Waterfall Glen Main Trail
9.7 mi 15.6 km • Loop • 259 ft Ascent 78.82 m Ascent
The 606 (Bloomingdale Trail)
5.7 mi 9.2 km • Loop • 8 ft Ascent 2.42 m Ascent
Chicago Lakefront Trail - North
8.9 mi 14.3 km • Point to Point • 112 ft Ascent 33.99 m Ascent
Montrose Park Beach Tour
4.2 mi 6.8 km • Loop • 54 ft Ascent 16.56 m Ascent
Montrose Bird Sanctuary (The Magic Hedge)
0.4 mi 0.7 km • Loop • 10 ft Ascent 3.07 m Ascent
“This loop is one of the best longer trails in the area.”— Elizabeth Tuttle
Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Wildlife
I like to start at the Mountain Bike Staging area/Maple Lake East Trail parking lot. Shortly after the start, the trail empties out onto 95th St.; head right (east) on the road toward the light and go left (north) on Flavin Rd/104th Ave. You'll see the trail pick back up right away on the far side of Flavin Rd.
This next section of the Yellow Trail features a dirt surface and is quiet as it heads north, paralleling Flavin Road. You'll eventually come to an unmarked "Y" where you'll want to go right.
After some more quiet running, you'll come to a "T" at an intersection with the Tan Trail with no obvious signage for continuing on the Yellow Trail (do not go straight). TURN LEFT. Go to your left just a bit, and you'll see the Yellow Trail marker on the right. The trail eventually widens into a wide gravel trail, and you may see families and horses.
As the trail winds back to the west, it crosses 104th Ave again, but that is the last true road crossing. This brings you past the Little Red School House.
The only other paved crossing is a parking lot at the south end of Maple Lake. Take a right and follow the parking lot almost to its end, and you'll see the Yellow Trail pick back up on the left. There is water available here and this is another easily-accessible entry point. You'll see a lot of mountain bikes heading through this area on nice days.
Flora & Fauna
Land Manager: Forest Preserves of Cook County