Spring Hike at Starved Rock


We are planning an approximately 8 mile hike from the St. Louis Canyon to the LaSalle Canyon with many scenic canyons and overlooks along the way. We will set a brisk pace, but will stop frequently to enjoy the canyons and waterfalls. The total hiking time will be approximately 4 to 4.5 hours.

The weather in early May can be unpredictable and we will hike in almost any conditions!! Dress in layers and make sure you bring plenty of water and snacks for the trail. For those interested, we will be heading over to Duffy's Tavern and Grill after the hike for a late lunch.

Park your car at the Starved Rock Lodge (not the Visitor's Center) and we'll meet in the main hall near the sofas/fireplace just outside the gift shop. Please be on time as we will be heading out promptly at 10:15 AM!!

Directions to the Park:

Starved Rock is located approximately 95 miles from Chicago and about 120 miles from northern Lake County. Plan for a 1.5 to 2 hour drive - indicate in you RSVP if you would like to carpool.

Take I-294 or I-355 south to I-55. Take I-55 south to I-80. Go west on I-80, 45 miles to Exit #81 (Rt. 178, Utica). Go south (left) 3 miles on Rt. 178 and follow the signs into the Park.

Website with Park Information, Directions and Trail Maps:


Location for Duffy's Tavern:

Duffy's Tavern
101 Mill Street
Utica, IL 61373

*Please Note: This is an adult only hike

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Melissa picked a perfect time to hike these trails. All the falls were running, and it was gorgeous.

    May 26, 2012

  • Gina M.

    A great place for a spring hike with interesting, nice people. The prolific spring rains made for beautiful waterfalls!

    May 13, 2012

  • Melissa

    One of my favorite places to hike and I have never seen the falls running this full in the canyons!! We had a great group of people and thanks to Andres for navigating us through.

    May 7, 2012

  • cathy p

    Very organized, fun. Leader took charge and knew the trails. Kept us on pace without feeling rushed. Great hike!

    May 6, 2012

  • Carolyn

    It was a beautiful day with a great group of people. I've never seen the water levels as high or the falls more beautiful.

    May 6, 2012

  • Beth

    I had a great time meeting new friends and getting a good workout!

    May 6, 2012

  • W.K.R.

    It was a beautiful hike. I met many new people and it was nice seeing several familiar faces. Thanks to Melissa for getting us all together and to Andres & Linda for taking care to make sure that everyone at the end were OK. What a great group of people. So glad I was able to attend.

    May 6, 2012

  • Zak

    Was a great day trip. Had the chance to explore urtica ans ottowa.

    May 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I live in wheeling, NW suburbs. Are anyone interested for carpooling. Please let me know asap

    May 4, 2012

  • Beth

    Driving from the north side (Edgewater) of Chicago. Have room for 1-2 if anyone wants/needs a ride. Zak already called shotgun!

    May 4, 2012

  • Rajeev

    Need carpool from intersection: 75th and Fairview..

    May 3, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Melissa, I am Kasi. I want to attend spring hike at starved rock and I am in waiting list. Is it ok if I join

    April 8, 2012

  • Michael T.

    Im in Des Plaines if anyone wants to carpool

    March 5, 2012

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