Mt Rainier Training - Let’s hike the Swallow Cliff Woods: 8.5 Miles
This is the second year that my wonderful friends have asked me to raise money for their AVON Walk. It's such a wonderful cause, I would never think of saying no.
Last year's series of PINK HIKES raised by me totaled $320.00, I hope I can with your help surpass this amount!
If you could make a donation of $2 per hiker, that would be great.
Of course this is completely voluntary.
I will be the one wearing a PINKISH knit hat (see my profile picture).
Sunday, March 23rd. For those that want a little more intense workout show up 45 minutes early (8:00 AM) and do the stairswith me. This is one of the better trails down south, part of the Cook County Forest Preserves. The 8.5 mile yellow trail is nice and woodsy and almost entirely unpaved. (and don’t worry
if you have an aversion to stairs, you can do the entire yellow trail without having to traverse the steps.) You will definitely feel you are in the forest, under a canopy of trees, but on a nice wide path for those who worry about bugs and weeds.
The prehike stair work is mandatory for those on the Rainier Crew.
Be prepared to do approximately a dozen stair circuits before hike and half a dozen circuits after the hike
The 126 stone cut stairs used to be there for the toboggan run but have proven more popular with those seeking a good workout. You will be surprised just how many people are regulars there are that show up to climb the stairs.
We will meet at the picnic tables at the base of the stairs directly at the end of the parking lot.
We will hike the trail counter-clockwise but to get the full distance on the trail, we will head out east from the parking lot and stairs and pick up the yellow trail from there.
Swallow Cliff Woods
Cal Sag road just west of LaGrange Rd ,
Palos Park, IL 60464
Directions: Take Interstate 55 south and west out of Chicago. Take Exit 279-A onto LaGrange Rd south (US-12/US-45). After about 7 miles, take the exit for Cal Sag Road (IL-83 Note: The sign might say Calumet Sag road). At the end of the off-ramp take a left (west) onto Cal Sag Road. Don’t go too far, less than a half mile, and take the first left (south) entrance into the Swallow Cliff parking lot.
More information on Swallow Cliff Woods:
Sag Valley Trail System Map click here.
Southtown Star article “126 steps at Swallow Cliff not exactly a walk in the park” click here.
I hope you can make the hike; The hike by itself is really nice. And, if you are up for a bit of a workout, get there early and try the steps with me.