This hike will cover the 9.5 mile loop that surrounds Argonne National Laboratory. It’s an easy trail of crushed limestone but there are no real shortcuts on the loop.
~ the trail might be muddy, depending on how much rain we get this week. I recommend wearing sturdy shoes or hiking boots. Also bring sunscreen, as--right now--it is predicted to be 70s and sunny!
~ hiking distance: 9.5 miles. We will look for a spot to stop for a trailside lunch along the route.
~ hiking time: 3-4 hrs. We will likely be sharing the trail with some bikers.
~ bring water, snacks and a lunch to eat trailside.
~ after hiking, those who are interested can find a local restaurant or bar to enjoy a quick snack or drink
Directions: From Chicago city take I-55 west (signage may read south but you will be heading southwest) past both 294 and 83 (Kingery Highway) to Cass Avenue. Take Cass Avenue south to Northgate Road (I think it’s the 2nd right), right on Northgate and then 400 feet to the parking lot. We’ll meet at one of the picnic tables between the trailhead sign and the restrooms.
We will meet at 9:45 and start hiking promptly at 10:00 am
Waiver: Read this waiver. By attending this hike you and your guests agree to the terms and conditions of the waiver.