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60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Chicago: Including Wisconsin and Northwest Indiana

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In addition to Chicago's numerous cultural and athletic activities, there are many excellent opportunities to explore Mother Nature's bounty. From the dunes of Lake Michigan to the hills and lakes of the northwest to the prairies of the south, hikers will find a trail to their liking in this updated edition of 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Chicago.

Hikes were chosen for their scenic appeal, but they were also chosen for their historic attractions. The extensive key-at-a-glance ...

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Overview


In addition to Chicago's numerous cultural and athletic activities, there are many excellent opportunities to explore Mother Nature's bounty. From the dunes of Lake Michigan to the hills and lakes of the northwest to the prairies of the south, hikers will find a trail to their liking in this updated edition of 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Chicago.

Hikes were chosen for their scenic appeal, but they were also chosen for their historic attractions. The extensive key-at-a-glance information makes it a snap to choose a hike based on length, difficulty, and scenery. Helpful lists highlight the best hikes for children, for wildlife viewing, and other categories.

Whether a long-time Chicago resident or vacationer to the area, this updated guide will make choosing the right hike easy and enjoyable.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897329446
  • Publisher: Menasha Ridge Press
  • Publication date: 8/7/2012
  • Series: 60 Hikes within 60 Miles
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 680,531
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Ted Villaire, a Chicago resident, finds himself feverishly drawn to the natural beauty of the Great Lakes region. He has written articles for various newspapers - including the Chicago Tribune, the Des Moines Register, and the Indianapolis Star - and now works as a publications editor for a large non-profit organization based in Chicago. He also wrote Easy Hikes Close to Home: Chicago.
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Table of Contents

Overview Map

Acknowledgments ix

Foreword x

About the Author xi

Preface xii

Recommended Hikes xviii

Introduction 1

Cook County

1 Deer Grove Loop 18

2 Crabtree Nature Center Hike 21

3 Chicago Botanic Garden Hike 25

4 Skokie Lagoons and River Hike 30

5 Busse Woods Loop 34

6 Chicago Lakeshore Path: South Hike 38

7 Chicago Lakeshore Path: North Hike 42

8 Jackson Park Loop 46

9 Palos/Sag Valley Forest Preserve: Cap Sauers and Swallow Cliff Loop 50

10 Palos/Sag Valley Forest Preserve: Little Red Schoolhouse Hike 54

11 Palos/Sag Valley Forest Preserve: Tomahawk Slough Hike 58

12 Lake Katherine Trail 62

Dupage County and Destinations West

13 Tekakwitha-Fox River Hike 70

14 Pratt's Wayne Loop 74

15 Blackwell Forest Preserve Hike 79

16 Fullersburg Woods Forest Preserve Loop 84

17 Danada Forest Preserve Hike 88

18 Morton Arboretum East Hike 92

19 Greene Valley Forest Preserve Loop 97

20 Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve Loop 101

21 Silver Springs State Park Loop 106

22 Shabbona Lake State Park Loop 110

North Chicagoland and Wisconsin

23 Bong State Recreation Area Loop 118

24 Geneva Lake: North Shore Hike 122

25 Bristol Woods Hike 127

26 Chain O' Lakes State Park: East Hike 132

27 Chain O' Lakes State Park: West Hike 137

28 Glacial Park Loop 141

29 Adeline Jay Geo-Karis Illinois Beach State Park: Dead River Loop 145

30 Volo Bog State Natural Area Hike 149

31 Moraine Hills State Park Hike 154

32 Des Plaines River Trail: Old School to Independence Grove 158

33 Marengo Ridge Hike 163

34 Lakewood Forest Preserve Loop 168

35 Veteran Acres-Sterne's Woods Hike 172

36 Ryerson Woods Hike 176

Northwest Indiana and Environs

37 Warren Dunes State Park Loop 182

38 Indiana Dunes State Park: Dune Ridge Loop 187

39 Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore: Ly-co-ki-we Hike 191

40 Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore: Cowles Bog Trail 195

41 Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore: West Beach Loop 199

42 Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore: Bailly/Chellberg Hike 203

43 Oak Ridge Prairie Loop 207

44 Deep River Hike 211

45 Grand Kankakee Marsh County Park Hike 215

46 LaSalle Fish and Wildlife Area Loop 219

South Chicagoland and the Illinois River Valley

47 Pilcher Park Loop 226

48 Joliet Iron Works Hike 231

49 Thorn Creek Hike 235

50 Goodenow Grove Hike 239

51 I&M Canal Trail/McKinley Woods Hike 243

52 Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area: Tallgrass Trail 248

53 Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area: Prairie View Trail 252

54 Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie Hike 256

55 Buffalo Rock State Park Hike 260

56 Starved Rock State Park: East Hike 264

57 Starved Rock State Park: West Hike 268

58 Matthiessen State Park Dells Area Hike 272

59 Kankakee River State Park Hike 276

60 Iroquois County State Wildlife Area Hike 281

Appendixes and Index 285

Appendix A Outdoor Stores 286

Appendix B Places to Buy Maps 288

Appendix C Hiking Clubs 289

Index 290

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