COME HIKE ONE OF THE MOST SCENIC PARKS IN ILLINOIS!!
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 January 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. YOU MUST HAVE YAK TRAX FOR THIS HIKE AS THERE WILL BE ICY CONDITIONS!!
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:
For those interested, we will be heading over to Duffy's Tavern and Grill after the hike for a late lunch.
Location for Duffy's Tavern:
101 Mill Street
Utica, IL 61373
*Please Note: This is an adult only hike