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Deer Grove Forest Loop

Intermediate
 4.3 (9) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Enjoy rolling hills through restored savannas, prairies and wetlands. Several bridges lead over small ravines.


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9.6

Miles

15.5

KM

100%

Runnable

878' 268 m

High

740' 226 m

Low

274' 84 m

Up

274' 83 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

4%

Max Grade (2°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

This run combines two loop trails—the Yellow Loop and the Brown Loop—for a longer run that lets you explore the best unpaved trails at Deer Grove Forest Preserve.

Need to Know

A number of restaurant options are east on Dundee Road, within a few miles of Deer Grove West.

Description

The entrance is in the west parking lot, located on the north side of Dundee Road, east of the Northwest Highway. Trail information and comfort stations are available at this entrance.

The run starts on the Yellow Loop. This trail will guide you through scenic rolling woodlands, over bridges, near deep ravines and onto other trail routes.

Continuing onto the unpaved Brown Loop within Deer Grove East provides a continuation of the wooded and scenic running. The Brown Loop winds over bridges and through restored savannas, prairies and wetlands. In the spring, look for vernal (temporary) ponds, which support native amphibious species, among other wildlife.

Picnic shelters, comfort stations, and water are available at Deer Grove East. There are restaurant options east along Dundee Road, within two miles of the preserve.

Flora & Fauna

Native amphibians like chorus frogs and blue-spotted salamanders. Wildflowers like Dutchman's breeches, wood anemone and jewelweed bloom in the spring.

Contacts

Shared By:

Forest Preserves of Cook County

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 9 votes

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Photos

Right before you get back to where Yellow Loop and Orange Loop cross near the parking lot on the southwest corner of the park
Sep 28, 2016 near Inverness, IL
Around mile 4 on the Yellow Loop.
Sep 28, 2016 near Deer Park, IL
Start of the Yellow Loop.
Sep 28, 2016 near Inverness, IL
Sandhill cranes using one of the wetland areas.
Mar 18, 2016 near Kildeer, IL
Common snapping turtle near the trail.
Mar 18, 2016 near Deer Park, IL
A little further up on the Yellow Loop.
Sep 28, 2016 near Deer Park, IL

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