Windy City Hikers Meetup Group Message Board › New Meetup: Chain O'Lakes hike
La Grange Park, IL
Announcing a new Meetup for Windy City Hikers Meetup Group!
What: Chain O'Lakes hike
When: January 23, 2010 12:30 PM
Where: (A location has not been chosen yet.)
We'll be hiking the east section of Chain O'Lakes State park. With the summer crowds gone and no snowmobiles allowed in the park this should be a very peaceful hike. I was there today and the only moving things we saw were some cross country skiers, a few kids sledding and some deer and hawks.
Hiking distance will be between 5-7 miles depending on the energy of the group and the trail conditions.
Dress in layers and bring water and a snack. Yaktrax are recommended for traction in the snow. You can find Yaktrax at REI or most sporting goods stores. I recommend spending the extra $10 or so to get the ones with the strap that goes over the top of your boots. Another option would be to bring snowshoes if we still have snow.
Chain O'Lakes is located in Spring Grove which is about 60 miles northwest of Chicago. Address is 8916 Wilmot Road. From 94 north exit IL 173 (Rosecrans). Go west (left) about 13 miles to Wilmot Rd. Turn left (south) on Wilmot to the park entrance (1.7 miles). The entrance is on your left.
We'll meet at the parking lot by the park office (by the sledding hill).
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