Mt Rainier PINK HIKE - Swallow Cliff Woods: 4.5 or 8.5 Miles

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.

Lyle


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  • Deb S.

    Something came up so I will be doing my workout later... Have fun - see everyone next time...

    March 23, 2014

    • Oscar

      See you next time.

      March 24, 2014

  • Julie W.

    Sorry. I did not make it. I am a half mile from the lake and it looked awful

    1 · March 23, 2014

    • Oscar

      See you next time!!

      March 24, 2014

  • Danita G.

    Thank you for organizing a wonderful hike!

    1 · March 23, 2014

  • Tineke

    Oscar and Lyle, Thanks for organizing and taking good care of all of us. It was a lovely hike.

    1 · March 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for a great hike!

    1 · March 23, 2014

  • Regina

    Oscar and Lyle, Thank you for leading another great hike!

    1 · March 23, 2014

  • Regina

    Great Hike, good and chanllenging with all the snow, ice and hills.

    March 23, 2014

  • Lyle W.

    Only[masked] miles left on my 2014 goal!

    3 · March 23, 2014

  • Lyle W.

    Crazy weather this AM! Heavy snow downtown, clear skies and bright sun at the hike. It was an awesome day to hike and it felt great to hike fast! Thanks for organizing the day Oscar.

    1 · March 23, 2014

  • Margaret T

    Just as expected - absolutely awesome! Thanks for a great hike, Oscar and Lyle!

    2 · March 23, 2014

  • Oscar

    It's sunny, a great day for a hike! !

    2 · March 23, 2014

    • Oscar

      Don't fret, it's not snowing here!!

      2 · March 23, 2014

  • Daniel

    Anyone offering rides from downtown/south loop area for this hike?. Will be happy to ride along.

    March 19, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hey Soso thank for the offer but my friend has just now decided to come but I think your car is full...so my friend will drive us. Thanks anyway!

      March 22, 2014

    • Daniel

      Soso, I have to be there for the stairs. So I won't be ridding with you. Thanks for the offer.

      March 22, 2014

  • Julie W.

    Hi all. Haven't hiked in a year though I am fit. What us the degree of difficulty?

    March 22, 2014

    • Lyle W.

      The hike has two halfway difficult hills. Other than those, it's very manageable. If you are reasonably fit you should be fine. On the bright side, it's a really nice/pretty section of woods in which to hike. There will definitely be other beginners on the hike.

      March 22, 2014

    • Oscar

      Julie is being coy, she has done big hikes with us!!! See you in the am!!!!

      March 22, 2014

  • Oscar

    Hike is on! Dress in layers!! We will start promptly at 9am. Thanks for your support!!!

    March 22, 2014

  • Bill

    Hi guys first time meeting up with the group looking foreword to it!! Anything May need to know?

    March 22, 2014

  • Tom T.

    Might bring my Doggy :-)

    3 · March 22, 2014

  • Lyle W.

    Leaving the glacier boots home for this one!

    March 17, 2014

    • Bat

      Thanks Lyle.

      March 22, 2014

    • Lyle W.

      Bat, you may not need spikes. I hiked up north today and the trails were very passable. I have a spare pair of Yaktrax pros. If you would like to borrow them for the hike, you are welcome to.

      March 22, 2014

  • Randi

    HI All,
    Would love a ride to hike, I live in ravenswood and would be happy to share gas costs. As an added benefit, I just got back from hiking and camping in New Zealand so if you want to hear about that, please drive me to the hike :)

    2 · March 18, 2014

    • Randi

      perfect sounds good soso. I dont want to do the stairs. Warren, I got a ride with soso but thanks.

      March 20, 2014

    • Soso D.

      ok. 7:55ish pick up randi, 8:00 pick up olen, 8:15 pick up daniel/rae.

      March 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Now that the hike includes 4.5 miles (thanks Lyle!) is anyone interested in walking that with me?

    1 · March 19, 2014

    • Deb S.

      Rae... I would be willing to go the shorter distance.

      1 · March 22, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Awesome! I won't be doing the stairs so will be there around 8:30am. See you there?

      March 22, 2014

  • Margaret T

    Hi, All. I've been trying to bring a couple of "everyday walkers" along, telling them that it won't be too intense, because it's a fundraiser. Based on latest comments here, I'd love for them to show up and be surprised. :)

    March 19, 2014

    • Oscar

      Long time no see Margaret!

      1 · March 21, 2014

    • Margaret T

      Same here! I'll be doing the usual outside work tomorrowx in steep ravines, no less, but no more excuses. I miss seeing everyone, and I intend on hiking Sunday!

      1 · March 21, 2014

  • Tineke

    Hi Oscar, I will be coming on Sunday. I can drive from Oak Park. I have a red prius. Let me know at what time you would like to meet at Ridgeland and South

    March 21, 2014

    • Oscar

      Thanks for the offer but i will have to pass as i need to arrive an hour early.

      March 21, 2014

  • Anthony

    What are the trail conditions now Oscar? I think you did it last week, right? I haven't bought those $69 crampons yet.

    March 21, 2014

    • Oscar

      Trail conditions were a little icy last week. However, everyone completed the full hike in less than 3 hours.

      March 21, 2014

    • Oscar

      I didn't wear any traction devices.

      March 21, 2014

  • Marcia

    Are dogs allowed?

    March 19, 2014

    • Oscar

      Yes dogs are allowed but Snoopy must be leashed at all times.

      March 20, 2014

  • Chris C.

    I thought we were doing stairs Saturday? I'll be there either way, but I was looking forward to breakfast. ;-)

    2 · March 17, 2014

    • Oscar

      Sorry about that Chris. Slight alteration as a personal matter came up for Saturday.

      1 · March 17, 2014

    • Olen A.

      I'm always in for breakfast food for lunch!

      1 · March 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Lyle sounds great. Can you tell me the level of difficulty of this trail (excluding the steps)? What is the trail like when compared to Des Plains which I did with you on Saturday. Thanks!

    March 17, 2014

    • Lyle W.

      Rae, This is a lot tougher than the Half-Day woods trail. Longer than the 5.5 mile section you did plus much more elevation.

      1 · March 17, 2014

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