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Cap Sauers and Swallow Cliff Loop Trail

Palos Park, IL

Palos/Sag Valley Forest Preserve: Cap Sauers and Swallow Cliff Loop is a 4.75 mile loop trail located near Palos Park, Illinois that features a great forest setting. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, mountain biking & trail running and is accessible year-round.

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Recent Reviews

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Herrick Lake
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3 Completed 2 Reviews

Nicely maintained trail with many options to walk for a short or a long distance.

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Starved Rock
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12 Completed 3 Reviews

All but 2 of the trails were closed due to flooding (French Canyon & Starved Rock). Both were beautiful. It was pretty hot and lots of people. Only 2 trails being open probably worked out for the best considering just getting up the stairs leading back to the lodge felt like a whole days hike just in itself. BUT! The ice cold draft beer and burger from the lodge were delish and really hit the spot after the hike.

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South Riverview Loop, or out and back
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4 Completed 2 Reviews

Great view of the river and a fairly easy trail. Note that this really isn't a "loop" trail. It's about 0.8 miles that runs between a road and the river. At the end, you can turn straight back and walk it back (sort of an out and back trail). Or you can walk back on the road, which I suppose makes it a loop. That would be the boring way back . . .

We used to run this all the time for cross country. You can run a giant loop around the park on the roads and this trail keeps you parallel to the loop.

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River Ridge Backpack Trail
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4 Completed 2 Reviews

This is a great trail for the area! Once a year, the KRR running club runs the backpack trail and has a party afterwards. What a great time. The map looks a little funny on here, as the trail is a loop. There is a campsite part way into the trail that folks can reserve and hike out to (I think scout troops do this every so often). The trail really isn't long enough to warrant camping mid-way through.

Rules are attached as a link. They say there's a fee now, which is odd. Note that only a few miles of the backpack trail are exclusively the backpack trail . . . so if you get caught without a permit . . . just be mindful of where you are.

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Salt Lick Point Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

This was y first hike and I loved it! Great views from the cliff and a few little gems just outside of the trail. We didn't run into anyone else on our entire trip! It's a great workout as there are lots of hills and some are steep. I will defiantly go back again.

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Pere Marquette State Park and Mark Twain National Wildlife Refuge - Brussels District
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9 Completed 1 Reviews

Hiked in June, loved it! Beautiful scenery, well kept trails, geological formations a-plenty! Highly recommend for hiking and bird watching! We hiked all but one trail and found them easy to difficult. There are so many options there, however, anyone at any level could enjoy this park. Very nice!

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Kinkaid Lake--Buttermilk Hill
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Backpacked this trail back in May of 2014, the area is beautiful the trail just needs some good tlc. The ticks were the worst that I have ever experienced before, all and all a very nice place and I will be returning.

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Starved Rock
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

A very good place if you want to tire out your dog! It was a great area to be in, although when I visited multiple trails were closed due to flooding from the river :( for driving a distance to hike at this park it was a disappointment but the places we did get to hike were very nice and just what I was looking for! My husky slept very well on the car ride home :)

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Matthiessen State Park
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Really good hike. I only saw one other person while I was there. Bummer the river trail is closed. But would highly recommend it. Scared rock has all of there trails closed right now due to a bad storm last week.

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Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area: Prairie View Trail
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

Nice trail to hike. Many prairie plants and wonderful flowers to view as you walk.

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