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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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Mississippi Palisades State Park
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7 Completed 2 Reviews

Quite hilly trails. The north trail was pretty boring actually. Old park road covered in gravel then turns into a grassy trail in the woods. Dead ends at a small lookout which was quite unimpressive. Not worth it.

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Salt Lick Point Trail
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17 Completed 12 Reviews

This is a nice hike that is connected to Johnson Trail as well. Salt Lick begins at the sign and then heads in and up the bluff right away. It eventually joins up with Johnson and another trail. Salt Lick trail turns right at the Johnson conjunction and dumps out next to Rock City and the storage depot. It is a nice hike with a little bit of elevation and was a nice challenge for my younger children, ages 5 and 6 but they were able to do this and the Johnson trail back to back.

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Johnson Trail
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17 Completed 12 Reviews

For southern IL and being so close to the Mississippi, it was a nice and fairly brief hike. Five of my children, ages 12, 10, 8, 6, and 5 were able to complete it and the climb on the backside of the bluff with relatively little problems. Not much wildlife, but some nice views once you reach the top and reach the lookouts.

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Espenscheid Forest Preserve
by E Bro

1 Completed 1 Reviews

Nice single track, I have alot of fun everytime i go, love this place!

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Waterfall Glen
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8 Completed 6 Reviews

Good Trail. My husband and I plan to take our bikes on this trail in the future. I have done this trail to help my train for major walks I have done for charity. Good time lots of traffic.

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Cap Sauers and Swallow Cliff Loop Trail
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8 Completed 6 Reviews

This is trail is over 4.7 miles long. You can walk up to 8 miles on this trail. I would bring a walking stick and plenty of water. Some hills so be ready to climb. Lots of nature to see, plenty of woods to enjoy.

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Magnificent Mile and Navy Pier - Chicago
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36 Completed 34 Reviews

I agree with other reviewers that is not really a "trail" in a hiking sense but walking in this part of Chicago is interesting and worth the walk.

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Swallow Cliff Woods
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6 Completed 6 Reviews

Well those stairs will kick your a$$ into next week...but they can be avoided. I love walking here...lots of trails and people and horse riders...great place!

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Starved Rock
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7 Completed 7 Reviews

Very crowded park. I have done many different trails in this park, some better then others. I have had some great times here but it is just way to crowded and trash everywhere, this has always been true since I started hiking there as a kid. I would drive 15 min further and go to Matthieson State Park. The best time to go is in Feb. when the water falls have frozen over.

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Matthiessen State Park
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7 Completed 7 Reviews

This is the park that got me to love hiking. I have been here countless times and can say anything bad about it. The trail that you hike along the river is beatiful and different to the rest of illinois, you can also take a smaller trail to met the river. There is a longer trail above the river and it is in the forest. At the biggest of the waterfalls you can climb a very large rock and use the falls as a water slide. In my opinion it is way better then the more popular Starved Rock state park near by.

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