New Meetup: Autumn Hike at Starved Rock - PLEASE NOTE THE DATE HAS CHANGED!!!

From: Melissa
Sent on: Thursday, October 29, 2009 10:39 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for The NW Burbs Camping Meetup Group!

What: Autumn Hike at Starved Rock - PLEASE NOTE THE DATE HAS CHANGED!!!

When: November 14,[masked]:45 AM

Where:
Starved Rock State Park
SR-71
Utica, IL 61348

PLEASE NOTE WE HAVE MOVED THE HIKE UP ONE WEEK TO SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14.

WE HAVE BEEN ALERTED THAT MAJOR PORTIONS OF THE PARK ARE CLOSED THE WEEKEND OF NOVEMBER 21 TO ALLOW HUNTING ON THE PROPERTY. WE DID NOT WANT TO TAKE ANY CHANCES ON DIMINISHING THE EXTENT OF THE HIKE OR LOSING A MEMBER TO A HUNTING ACCIDENT - LOL!!


JENNIFER WILL BE POSTING AN ALTERNATE HIKE FOR NOVEMBER 21 - SO LOOK FOR THE DETAILS!!


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 November is unpredictable and we will hike in 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.

We will be heading out promptly at 10:00am

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.starvedrockstatepark.org/index.cfm

Location for Duffy's Tavern:

Duffy's Tavern
101 Mill Street
Utica, IL 61373


*I have never done this hike. I will be looking for hike leads.

Learn more here:
http://www.meetup.com/NWBurbs-Camping/calendar/11445581/

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