A Hike in conjunction with the Cook & DuPage County Hikers Meetup group. See their schedule and join that Meetup by clicking HERE.
Hike description from their site:
Herrick Lake Forest Preserve in Wheaton is home to an impressive variety of wildlife. Ecologists have recorded over 254 resident and migrant animal species among the preserve’s 470 different types of plants.
In the mature upland woods, stately 150-year-old white, red and bur oaks provide habitat for animals like woodpeckers, squirrels and owls.
White-tailed deer and coyotes roam through adjacent fields of European grasses, where dickcissels, savanna sparrows, bobolinks and eastern meadowlarks nest among the fescues. Slowly emerging within these fields are young planted forests of American elms with understories of smaller maples, oaks, lindens and hickories. Viburnums, dogwoods, roses and blackberries are common in this immature upland woods, which attracts black-crowned night herons, eastern wood peewees and American woodcocks.
Along the forest preserve’s pothole marshes and streams, silver maple and buttonbush grow. Raccoons, woodchucks, northern orioles, wood thrushes, and various frogs and toads dwell in this area, which is seasonally covered with colorful swamp buttercup and wild iris. Herrick Marsh, which lies in the middle of the forest preserve, supports communities of cattails and reeds, a draw for eastern tiger salamanders, northern leopard frogs, pied-billed grebes, blue-winged teals, red-winged blackbirds, minks and muskrats.
We will be hiking the Lake trail, the Green Heron trail and the Meadowlark Trail. The total trail distance will be 3.5 miles so the estimated time will be around 1 1/2 to 2 hours to complete the trail. MAP
Upon entering the Herrick Lake Forest preserve off of Butterfield Road, you will turn to the right and park in the parking lot near the information sign.
We will meet at the information sign right near the parking lot. We will start the hike promptly at 10am. You can bring your leashed dog and your children are welcome to join us.