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No Pavement!!!: Hike Deer Grove Forest Preserve (northwest suburbs) : 9 Miles

No Pavement!!!:  Let’s hike the Deer Grove Forest Preserve 9 Miles

Saturday, June 1st.  Okay, so we may cross the occasional paved road but other than that, this will be on dirt, gravel and crushed limestone trails. Not a beginner’s hike but not a terribly rugged hike either.  We will hike the Yellow and Brown loops of the Deer Grove Forest Preserve, part of the Cook County Preserves in the northwest suburbs. These are well maintained and well-marked trails.  

As the name implies, Deer Grove Forest Preserve is chock full of deer roaming in the wild throughout the forest.  Our hike will take us through very scenic prairie and forest trails.  As spring is springing all around us the wild grass of the prairie sections and the full canopy of the forest sections should make this a nice hike.  You may want to bring a camera too.

We will meet at the parking lot for Grove 1 in the west half of the forest preserve.  

We will first hike a short section of the Gold trail east and north to the Tan trail and cross Quentin road to connect up with the Brown trail in River Grove East.  After completing the Prairie section on the Brown trail we will cross Quentin and complete the longer Yellow trail loop through the forest.

Deer Grove Forest Preserve

Quentin Road between Lake/Cook & Dundee,

Palatine, IL 60305 

Directions: Take Illinois route 53 to the Dundee road exit.  Head west on Dundee road to Quentin road.  Take a right (North) on Quentin and take the first left (West) into the forest preserve. When the forest preserve road splits, take the left fork as it turns to the south.  There are two parking lots that are near Grove 1.  The first is across a small field from the picnic shelter (.5 miles from the entrance).  The second is right next to the picnic shelter (.7 miles from the entrance).

More information on the Deer Grove Forest Preserve:

Deer Grove Trail System Map click here.

I hope you can make the hike; it should be a nice hike, with lots of wildlife, but also easy on the feet!

Lyle

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  • Michael

    I've ran into this site and would have liked to attend. Is there a on-going event? If so, what is the link? I would love to hike. I must walk about 30 miles a week. Too bad there isn't much hills in this area.....

    June 22, 2013

  • Barbara L J.

    Beautiful day, nice day. Margaret and I kept a good pace.

    June 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Lyle ! I had a great hike and met some great people

    1 · June 2, 2013

  • Dick D.

    Thank you Lyle

    June 1, 2013

  • Jerry

    Great easy hike even with a 30 lb backpack.

    June 1, 2013

  • Lyle W.

    Thanks to all of the folks that made the trek north under questionable weather. What an awesome day it turned out to be. These always give me such a workout! I was so pumped afterwards I took my bicycle out for 24 miles on the lakeshore trail. Look for my next hike to get posted over the next few weeks. Thanks again....Lyle.

    1 · June 1, 2013

  • jola

    Had a great time!

    June 1, 2013

  • Silent S.

    Thank you Lyle. I enjoyed the day....again!

    June 1, 2013

  • Karen

    Thanks Lyle for an outstanding job organizing this outing.

    1 · June 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had a great time. It was a beautiful hike with great friends.

    June 1, 2013

  • Ora

    Great!

    June 1, 2013

  • Anthony

    Excellent!! First time there. Thanx Lyle

    June 1, 2013

  • Margaret T

    Nice hike, Lyle! Maps were helpful, and it's nice that we went at our own pace.

    June 1, 2013

  • Margaret T

    Yes, already finished! Barbara and I burned up that trail! Beautiful area!

    June 1, 2013

  • Kathy

    So mad I missed it...got a flat tire on the way there.

    June 1, 2013

  • Hope

    Totally running late. About 10 min away. If you've ill just jog and try to catch up

    June 1, 2013

  • Nuni

    Good Morning. Lyle are running shoes okay for this or should I take my hiking boots? It will be my first time really using the boots. Thanks.

    May 31, 2013

    • Hope

      Nine miles is a long way in new boots. If you do wear them is recomend bandaids on your heals and other pressure points

      1 · June 1, 2013

    • Lyle W.

      If you are okay getting them muddy, I'd stick w the shoes already broke in.

      1 · June 1, 2013

  • Hope

    This looks like a great hike. Is there any way for me to cut it short? 9 miles is a little ambitious for my first hike of the season. Thanks

    June 1, 2013

  • Dawn S

    Soooo sorry to cancel at the last minute but I have a sick child who needs me.....have a great hike!

    June 1, 2013

  • Kevin R.

    Looks like the wife had to work an extended shift last night. I need to pass on this one.

    June 1, 2013

  • Henry

    Would anyone have an extra spot? I am in the bucktown area.

    May 31, 2013

  • Dave

    The guest I was bringing will be car hunting tomorrow, so that will open up one more spot.

    May 31, 2013

  • Colleen

    I just changed my RSVP. I was really hoping to make this hike, but I've got a leg cramp that just won't go away and I don't want to stress it anymore than I have to. Have a great time and I'll see you on the next one.

    May 31, 2013

  • Marjie

    Sorry for the late notice but I have to go into work in the am.., Enjoy!!

    May 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have just joined today and although I was hoping to attend this hike, since there are no spots opened, I will have to wait to meet the group on Sunday at Blackwell- talk about convenience- it is right by my house across from our local off-leash dog park which we frequent regularly. Have a great hike everybody!

    May 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Don't worry Meg! Someone always drops out. You will have fun.

      May 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Bruce! :-) :-) How fun!

      May 31, 2013

  • jola

    I am planning to be there unless it rains hard.

    May 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    cant wait to meet everyone !!

    May 30, 2013

  • Lyle W.

    Kathy, this will not be a really tough hike. I think you will like it. The path we are taking will allow for folks to drop out about halfway around if it is too much. Just wear good shoes, dress for the weather and bring some water (and maybe a snack) for the trail. Smooth sole shoes will not be the best choice. You don't have to have hiking boots but something comfortable and with a rough tread will be really helpful. Hope you can make it!

    1 · May 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Forcast for Saturday is for more of the same weather we've been having the past few days: Sunny in the morning with the posibility of thunderstorms in mid aftrnoon. Increasing chance of storms toward evening.

      1 · May 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Kathy: Walks in the Cook County forest preserves aren't very challenging (at least not to backpackers.) If we stick to the official trails, those are wide and fairly level. You should do fine. You may want to bring shoes or hiking boots that you don’t mind getting muddy, and a pair you can change into at the end of the hike (so you don’t get your car muddy.) There will be a number of us on the hike who has more years’ experience than we want to admit to. You can stick with one of us. I won’t be trying to set any speed records. I’ll be the one with the Weimaraner if you want tag along at a slower pace.

    May 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I am also new to this group and do not know the trail. I would appreciate walking with those who know the trail.

      May 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sure

      May 29, 2013

  • Kathy

    I will definitely be there

    May 28, 2013

  • Lyle W.

    Charlotte, please don't just show up unless you are confirmed. I have pad for all of the necessary permits but the park is a little strict on group size. When I say this will be a fine day for a hike, I don't want it to be me getting the fine. :-)

    2 · May 28, 2013

  • Kathy

    Thank you so much Ray, I will see you Saturday.

    May 28, 2013

  • Kathy

    It is said this is not a beginners hike, I do consider myself a beginner though I do walk 10 miles every week on trails and do Kettlebell 4 days a week. Does anyone think it is to much for me.

    May 28, 2013

  • Margaret T

    Driving up from Palos area. Can carpool with others from this area, or from along the route.

    May 28, 2013

  • Dick D.

    Probably not a big deal but it's Quentin.

    May 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am traveling from Lemont, I think it is like a 45 minute drive. But I also have room for 3 more in my car for anyone who wants to carpool, because saving gas is fun.

    May 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just joined the group and noticed this event. I also noticed that it is full. I live near here and hike here all the time. Would it be wrong to walk over and introduce myself to the group? I promise I wouldn't stay. I don't want to jump the waitlist.
    The reason I joined is because I saw y'all hiking last fall in another forest preserve and it looked so friendly.

    May 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Never mind- I'm going camping this weekend! I'll meet y'all at the next hike.

      May 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm like Kristi, I've never done meetup before.

    May 27, 2013

  • Bobi

    Would love to join group , work day for me though, approximate hike timing??

    May 23, 2013

    • Lyle W.

      Starting out at 9:00. Will probably take less than 3 hours to complete. Hope to be done by noon.

      1 · May 23, 2013

  • Lyle W.

    I've reserved the shelter at grove one just for us. Since we have the parking all to ourselves I've opened the hike up to a few more folks. We are meeting on the west side of the grove BUT ENTER OFF OF QUENTIN ROAD. Follow the route described in the meetup to grove one and you can't go wrong. Also, I've updated the map so it points exactly where we are meeting. Hope you can make it....Lyle

    2 · May 23, 2013

  • Kathy

    This is my first hike with the club and looking forward to it.

    May 21, 2013

  • Travis D.

    Wish i could! Maybe next time!

    May 7, 2013

  • paulette

    I will be there. Fantastic no pavement!

    1 · May 4, 2013

  • David

    I am trying to break in a new pack so I assume you don't mind if I take it along. I might be a little slower but I know my way around there.

    May 3, 2013

  • Aline D.

    Could I bring my dog and potentially have her off leash part of the time?

    May 3, 2013

    • Lyle W.

      Dogs are completely welcome but I'd ask that you keep them on the leash (even if its a long leash).

      May 3, 2013

  • Michael Z.

    This is one of my favorite local places; will be a great hike!

    May 3, 2013

  • Marjie

    Look forward to it!!

    May 3, 2013

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