Let's Take A Hike - Waterfall Glen

 

Let's hike Waterfall Glen. This will be a 9.5 mile hike. We will try to make it in 3 hours. Please dress accordingly. Don't forget to bring water and snacks for the hike.

We will be leaving at 10:15 am sharp. Please be on time.

About:
Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve – with its glacier-formed ridges, ravines and potholes -- may be the most astonishing parcel of open space in DuPage County, if not northern Illinois. The preserve is exceptional, because it contains features not found anywhere else in the county: The largest contiguous woodland block – over 700 acres -- and a dolomite prairie, with rock very close to the surface and shallow soil, home to rare plants for the region.

Waterfall Glen’s many habitats -- prairies, savannas, oak-maple woodlands and planted pine groves – and distinctive features make it a haven for a wide variety of plants and animals. Surveys by District ecologists have recorded more than 600 native plant species at the preserve, which includes 75 per cent of all the plants known to grow naturally in DuPage County. In addition, countless fish, amphibian, reptilian, and mammalian species can be found in the preserve, as well as more than 160 avian species, some year-round and some migrating.

Trails:
Waterfall Glen's four marked trails range from 0.2 miles to 9.5 miles in length and meander through some of the preserves most scenic areas. The main trail is an eight-foot-wide crushed-limestone multipurpose trail. In addition, there are many unmarked mowed-grass trails and footpaths that dissect the preserve. Feel free to hike and explore these smaller, less-conspicuous paths, but remember that they often are not linked to the main trail nor are they shown on the preserve map.

Map:
Trail Map
Website:
http://www.dupageforest.com/preserve.aspx?id=4224
Preserve Features:
• Flat to hilly terrain, some steep sections
• Unmarked paths to explore on foot
• Prairies, savannas, oak-maple woodlands, scenic overlooks — home to 75 percent of plant species in DuPage
• South leg of Main Trail — remnants of early-1900s Lincoln Park Nursery (Lincoln Park Commission being the predecessor of the Chicago Park District)
• Small Civilian Conservation Corps-built waterfall in Rocky Glen Area
• Joliet and Marquette Des Plaines River canoe route.

Location:
The main entrance is on Northgate Road. From I-55, take Cass Avenue 0.5 mile south to Northgate Road. Turn right on Northgate, and go 400 feet to the lot.

I hope to see you there -

Rob

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  • Anthony

    It was a nice hike on a Sunday morning. Thanks Rob for setting it up.

    April 8, 2013

  • Brian J.

    Great to see you

    April 8, 2013

  • Judy

    Beautiful day for a hike. Easy trail.

    April 7, 2013

  • Carol

    EXCELLENT EXCELLENT EXCELLENT

    April 7, 2013

  • Cathleen L.

    Excellent place for hike. Will most definitely return again! Thanks Rob for organizing!

    1 · April 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was a fast hike. It was a great workout. Thanks Rob for organizing this.

    April 7, 2013

  • John

    Family issue. Sorry and thanks.

    April 7, 2013

  • Donna

    Sorry to miss this

    April 7, 2013

  • Dave

    Sorry Rob. Just got off a late night call which changed my plans for tomorrow, so unless that changes again I'm going to have to bow out. Have a great time, and I'll catch another one! (On the good side, that clears your waiting list.)

    1 · April 7, 2013

  • April

    Where do we park?

    March 31, 2013

    • Rob

      The main lot is on Northgate Rd. - from S. Cass Ave go 1/2 mile south to Northgate and go 400 feet to the lot.

      1 · April 6, 2013

    • April

      Thank you!

      April 7, 2013

  • ravi

    m coming.....any suggestion on dressing??

    April 6, 2013

    • Rob

      wear a light jacket or sweatshirt -gonna be about 50 degrees.

      1 · April 6, 2013

  • ravi

    i would lv to come....

    April 6, 2013

  • Tim S

    I see some people signed up for both the 10am and 11am hikes

    April 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Dogs allowed?

    January 22, 2013

    • Rob

      Yes they are.

      January 25, 2013

    • Lisa

      Thanks Rob. I am so glad dogs are allowed. I will be there with my dog Boo.

      3 · April 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    sorry I have to work on the 7th. Next time I hope...

    April 5, 2013

  • Marcia

    i will be out of town

    April 4, 2013

  • Steve D

    I'm switching to the overflow group to help even things out a bit.

    April 3, 2013

  • Rob

    Be happy to carpool, have room for 1-2 other people, let me know

    March 30, 2013

    • Rob

      North side of Chicago, if you need a lift just let me know, I have SUV so can fit 2-3 others.

      March 30, 2013

    • Kimberly K.

      Hi Rob, do you have room for me to join your carpool? I live it East Lakeview but can meet in loop or Lincoln Pk.

      April 1, 2013

  • Jean

    Thanks so much for adding my name but something came up and I can't make it.

    April 1, 2013

  • Dawn S

    Hope to see you there! I love the trail there!

    March 25, 2013

  • Dawn S

    Hope to see you there! I love the trail there!

    March 13, 2013

  • Rosanna

    I'll b there! Heard good things. :)

    March 11, 2013

  • Liz M.

    Fave place to hike however we will be in Florida that week.

    February 27, 2013

  • Lynette M.

    Is there any sort of carpooling or group transportation available?

    February 24, 2013

  • ali

    looking forward to my first outing with this group!

    January 22, 2013

  • Sarah H.

    Would anyone be willing to take me and possibly a friend from the Loop?[masked]

    January 21, 2013

  • Kenneth H.

    I will be driving from Lombard. Anyone in this area need a ride?

    January 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to it!

    January 17, 2013

  • Brian J.

    Lets' GO!

    January 17, 2013

  • Guy D.

    Impressed that so many of you are able to plan this far in advance...

    1 · January 16, 2013

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