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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.

  • Best Hiking

  • Best Mountain Biking

  • Best Trail Running

Recent Reviews

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Cahokia Mounds
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1 Completed 0 Reviews

Trails were hard to follow, they were not mowed. Had to keep searching for trail markers/post which are wood and hard to find because they blended into the trees.

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Kankakee River State Park Hike
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

great for getting lost into the woods if you need alone time. there is hardly ever anyone around to bother you. other than the place being understaffed this is a great place for hiking. I crossed paths with many deer and other wild life.

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Loud Thunder Forest Preserve
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

This is a neat place. Not too difficult but there is a little bit of steep terrain. The trails aren't well marked. There's about 2 miles designated to hiking but about 8 more miles of mixed trails for hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking. It was a good workout.

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Hoseshoe Lake - Walker's Island Trail
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4 Completed 1 Reviews

Great trail and easy to find alternative routes when area's turn a bit marshy. In comparison to other trails I've been, it was not hard to find the route. That was a big help. The marshier area's of the trail tend to be toward the Southern end. The campsite roads and some secondary paths are good alternatives to re-route when the water gets high. North end high enough to generally avoid the mud issues.

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Bell Smith Springs Trail
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10 Completed 3 Reviews

A lot of childhood memories here. There is a natural arch, a lot of water depending on season. Devil's Backbone is a great place. Springs to swim in. Nice camping area as well. Bluffs, and rock overhangs. A lot of bouldering could be done. In the old days there was rappelling that was allowed.

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Garden of the Gods Observation Trail
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13 Completed 8 Reviews

I backpacked out there and ran into some awesome wildlife (turkey, fox, eagles), gorgeous sunsets, and fun rock climbing. More of a tourist spot, but exploring the area and desire paths is the way to go.

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The Loop - Chicago
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4 Completed 1 Reviews

You can ramble about the Loop downtown area, but the best walk is one led by a docent from the Chicago Architectural Foundation. They even lead tours from river boats. The city itself is a museum of various excellent styles of styles.

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Starved Rock
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

Went hiking there this weekend and if you can find the old trails from the 80's and 90's it is worth the adventure. if you go on the trails you can see were there are naturally made stairs in the roots and rocks if you are looking for some actually climbing. and it is also worth going to peru IL and getting a pork sandwich that will make the whole trip worth while.

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Little Grand Canyon Trail
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35 Completed 1 Reviews

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Forest Nature Center Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Great hike for the whole family and the nature center was a nice stop after the hike.

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