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Winter Hike at Starved Rock

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:

http://www.starvedroc...

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:

Duffy's Tavern
101 Mill Street
Utica, IL 61373

*Please Note: This is an adult only hike

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  • Melissa

    Sorry I could not hike all the miles since I was ill, but I enjoyed the few miles I did put in. Looking forward to more hikes this year!!

    January 13, 2013

  • Ronaelle

    Had a great time. Thanks!

    January 12, 2013

  • Ronaelle

    With the warm weather we have been having, do you think we still need Yak Trax? I am thinking all that we will encounter is mud.

    January 11, 2013

  • Angie

    Family emergency so can't make it! Someone else can go now. Best to all.

    January 11, 2013

  • Frank S.

    1 · January 7, 2013

  • Melissa

    The weather this week is calling for a pretty massive warm up and rain showers on Thursday. I would expect the trails to be muddy and the icy areas to have standing water on them. You will definitely need extra traction control like yak trax or ice cleats for portions of the hike (i.e. in the canyons, near the formerly flowing waters). We will hike in any conditions so bring layers since we will probably start cold and warm up to near 50 on Saturday. Also, bring rain gear in case!!

    January 7, 2013

  • Mike

    Is anyone coming from Chicago that I can carpool with? I'll help pay for gas, of course. Thanks.

    January 6, 2013

  • Frank S.

    Notes for the hike a) allow enough time before and after you arrive at the hike to take care of Nature's business, b) carry enough water on you for a three (3) hour hike; water (and food) are *very* important for thermoregulation, so don't skim on either and carry as much as you would for a summer hike, c) dress warmly with layers in breathable materials (no cotton against skin anywhere, to include socks and underwear, and remember, even with adequate clothing, you will not stay warm if you have too little water and food ), and d) pack snacks that comprise not only fast-acting, simple carbohydrates, but slow-acting complex ones as well, in addition to lean protein and primarily non-trans/sat fat (you'll need it to help maintain your blood sugar so you don't bonk in the cold

    1 · December 28, 2012

    • Melissa

      Wow, thanks for the great information Frank! I usually try to cover all of that in the pre-hike literature - but putting it down in this forum is a great idea too!!

      December 28, 2012

  • Frank S.

    Dan, at $50 to $60 bucks a pop for the ice cleats they are a little on the expensive side.

    December 27, 2012

    • Dan

      While Kahtoola is a high end product, there are other ice cleats available for $20 or less. Yak Trax are great for crusted snow or soft ice but the do not grip on hard ice. On sloped ice they are useless. Look online or at a sporting goods store, there are a number of products that would be fine for casual use.

      December 27, 2012

  • Dan

    Actually Yak Trax do not work well on hard ice. Ice cleats like Kahtoola work much better. There are a number of other brands available now at REI, Erehwon, LL Bean, etc. Look for ones with spikes or points to bite the ice, rather than the wire coils like Yak Trax.

    December 27, 2012

    • Dan

      In addition to ice cleats, hiking poles will also help you stay upright on slippery ice. I will be using both.

      December 27, 2012

    • Frank S.

      Dan, at $50 to $60 bucks a pop they are a little on the expensive side.

      December 27, 2012

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