**HIKE 4, 8, OR 12 MILES AT SWALLOW CLIFFS AND PICNIC**

We will hike the Yellow Trail of the Sag Valley Trail System.  This is a wide, crushed gravel, multi purpose trail.  It is 8+ miles long and can be done in a figure eight fashion. I plan to hike both loops and then continue on and repeat the East loop for a total of over 12 miles. One could do one, two, or all three loops.... it is entirely up to you.

There is an old closed Toboggan run here with a staircase of 126 steps that many use as part of their workout. 

We can have our trail snacks and picnic in the picnic grove area right at the bottom of the Toboggan run staircase.

TRAIL MAP:  http://fpdcc.com/downloads/maps/pdf/sv_trailmap.pdf

DIRECTIONS:  Swallow Cliffs North is located on Rt. 83, half a mile west of LaGrange Rd. (Rt 45/20/12).

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  • Elena

    What a great hike with a very friendly and very diverse group! Dawn, you rock, thank you for bringing us all together! I am looking forward to go on hikes with you guys again, sometimes soon.

    June 30, 2013

  • Karin

    This was a great location and I loved the possibility of walking a 4,8, or 12 mile hike. Also the other hikers were very nice.

    1 · June 30, 2013

  • Dawn S

    Thank you David and Chris for posting all the pics! And thank you to everyone for a great hike!

    1 · June 29, 2013

  • Marie

    This was my first hike with your group and it was amazing. I'm looking forward to the next time. Please keep me abreast of upcoming hikes.

    June 29, 2013

  • meg

    This was my first visit to Swallow Cliffs and a very enjoyable one. I am already planning return trips. Thank you Dawn for a great day, what a way to celebrate birthday!

    June 29, 2013

  • John

    Excellent hike. Thanks Dawn and Happy Birthday.

    June 29, 2013

  • jerry

    Weather and our hiking group was great!

    1 · June 29, 2013

  • Lyle W.

    Awesome weather. I don't know what it was today but the woods seemed greener and more lush than ever. Had a great day. Thanks Dawn!

    June 29, 2013

  • Dave

    Another very enjoyable hike with some great conversations!

    June 29, 2013

  • Dave

    Thanks Dawn. You do a great job planning! Happy birthday!

    June 29, 2013

  • Whitney

    Thank you for organizing, Dawn. And, have a lovely birthday!

    June 29, 2013

  • Kathy

    Great planning very accurate times we left and were able to hike.

    June 29, 2013

  • Juliet

    Dawn turned to be a perfect day for a hike. Thanks
    And my cousin had a great time too.

    June 29, 2013

  • Dawn S

    Awesome hike everyone! Thnx I had a blast!

    June 29, 2013

  • Chris C.

    I had a great time. It was great to meet everyone. I'd like to thank Dawn for putting this together.

    June 29, 2013

  • Beverly

    Wonderful Hike.

    June 29, 2013

  • Thaïs

    Great hike today, nice meeting everyone!

    June 29, 2013

  • Darlene

    What a nice place to hike!

    June 29, 2013

  • Nuni

    Happy birthday beautiful lady!!!! Thank you for organizing!! See you tomorrow.

    June 29, 2013

  • Diana

    I am sorry, but I couldn't make it with the weather. I was really excited for my first hike with you guys. Next time. Have a wonderful hike!!

    June 29, 2013

  • Tyler

    I arrived late, if I dont catch up, have a good hike

    June 29, 2013

    • meg

      I just got here myself, Tyler.

      June 29, 2013

  • Michael R

    I had to cancel. See everyone next time.

    June 29, 2013

  • Tanya R.

    Im not feeling that good, nrxt time

    June 29, 2013

  • Maya

    Not gonna make it!!! Gotta work :0(

    June 29, 2013

  • Kelly

    Sorry can't make it.

    June 28, 2013

  • Sofi G

    I'm sorry need to cancel ;(

    1 · June 28, 2013

  • Dawn S

    HIKE IS ON RAIN OR SHINE! SEE YOU ALL IN THE A.M.
    if need be, text[masked]

    June 28, 2013

  • Rob

    Good luck handling the gang Dawn, and happy birthday! :)

    June 28, 2013

    • Dawn S

      Thank you Rob! I am looking forward to a great day of hiking, hope you can join us again soon!

      June 28, 2013

  • Megan

    Hey Whitney and Kim. Coincidence b/c I live right by the Western brown line stop. I might be able to come to the event. If yes, can I join in your car?

    1 · June 17, 2013

    • Whitney

      Hi Megan, I have a full car - Falilatu, Lauren, Tanya and Heidi (who messaged me) - but it sounds like we might be generating a caravan with Jerry and Shekkar...?

      June 27, 2013

    • jerry

      I will be there at 7 sat. Room for 1. Rain or shine. (-: Jerry

      June 28, 2013

  • meg

    Happy Birthday, Dawn! :)

    1 · June 28, 2013

    • Dawn S

      :) :) Happy Birthday to you also Meg! :) :)

      June 28, 2013

  • Bogusia

    I'm having some car trouble. Too bad because I was looking forward to it.

    June 28, 2013

  • Tom

    Have to work...

    June 28, 2013

  • Dawn S

    RAIN OR SHINE THIS HIKE IS ON! Looks like it will be a little cool, dress in layers, bring water, bug spray (ticks!), snack, and copy of the trail map... I am looking forward to seeing you there!

    June 28, 2013

  • Elena

    Thank you, Dawn! I saw the link Directions now works perfectly, and the picture of the destination place comes very handy too )))

    1 · June 27, 2013

  • Frank S.

    Can I bring my 'Hoveround' ?

    June 27, 2013

  • Shekkar (.

    Anyone for carpooling? I'm very close to Lincoln Square. I've a car and can drive, if needed. Cheers, Shekkar

    June 27, 2013

  • Lyle W.

    How long do you think the hike will take?

    1 · June 26, 2013

    • Dawn S

      Well pokey, knowing you, it could take you ALL DAY! LOL! :). 4 molded should plan on 1-2 hrs, 8+ milers ...2-3 hours or more, and 12 milers 3-5 hrs depending on pace, conditioning, etc....

      1 · June 27, 2013

  • Bogusia

    I'm in for the 12. Thank you.

    June 26, 2013

  • Bogusia

    12 miles is usually done in 4 to 5 hours (not counting snack stops). I really hope that I can make it.

    June 26, 2013

  • Lyle W.

    I love this hike. Count me in for the 8.5 mile section plus about five flights of steps.

    1 · June 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I enjoy biking and hiking

    June 26, 2013

  • jerry

    Great! See you there a little before 7. I have room for 1 person if necessary.

    June 26, 2013

  • Whitney

    I would love to carpool from the north side - I live near Lincoln Square. I can drive if others can help with gas. I have a small SUV that can fit myself + 4 and room for food/equipment in the back. Let me know!

    1 · June 17, 2013

    • jerry

      Hi, Whitney! I would be interested driving also, but to follow you out to the hike in my car. Is 7 the time you will meet at the western stop? I also live near Lincoln sq. I am driving a grey mustang.

      June 25, 2013

    • Whitney

      Hi Jerry, Yes, we will meet around 7 and leave when we have everyone.

      June 26, 2013

  • Frank S.

    In Schaumburg (near Metra station) willing to car pool

    June 25, 2013

  • Kara

    I forgot that I have a birthday party on Friday night and I don't want to be tired and try to hike. Please consider this location again as I would like to try it sometime.

    June 25, 2013

  • Brian J.

    Will be doing Sundays i@m canal walk.

    June 13, 2013

    • Dawn S

      So am I! C ya there!

      June 24, 2013

  • Anthony

    Colorado weekend ;-)

    June 23, 2013

    • Dawn S

      Hike For A Cause...right? How commendable! Good luck and have a great time! :)

      June 24, 2013

  • Silvia

    Bummer, I'm working :(

    June 23, 2013

  • Kathy

    hi there I can carpool from anyone leaving close to UIC, or I can meet anyone and help pay for gas. I am off all major highways on 18th street and Halstead if I can catch a ride or meet up with anyone let me know. I rather not drive but will have others join me if I have too.

    1 · June 18, 2013

    • Patricia

      Hi Kathy, will you be driving? I live close by and would pitch in for gas.

      June 23, 2013

  • Elena

    If you open you confirmation e-mail (You're confirmed for: **HIKE 4, 8, OR 12 MILES AT SWALLOW CLIFFS AND PICNIC**), you will see a link Directions. The tricky part is you only get coordinates for your destination. ))) I think GPS has this option to enter coordinates as a final destination.

    June 19, 2013

    • Dawn S

      Sorry the directional pin does not work...contacted leader regarding this....I provided written directions which are simple to follow, location is easy to find...located right on rt 83 just West of LaGrange Rd...

      3 · June 19, 2013

    • Dawn S

      Elena, thank you for your help :) but fortunately the direction pin works now and points directly to our location. I look forward to seeing you Sat.!

      1 · June 22, 2013

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