***DO NOT USE GPS TO GET TO THIS LOCATION. YOU WILL END UP TOO FAR NORTH. PLEASE FOLLOW THE WRITTEN DIRECTIONS PROVIDED BELOW. THANK YOU!***
PLEASE ARRIVE ON TIME, in fact, come early and warm up, get questions answered, and meet people! With a large group it is really hard to know if and/or how long to wait for participants. We will leave on time after announcements. Thank you!
Lets hike the north branch of the Des Plaines River Trail! We will hike the southern end of the north branch starting at the River Trail Nature Center on Milwaukee Ave. just north of Lake St. We will head south on the Nature Center's trail to access the Des Plaines River Trail. From there we continue south to NorthWestern Woods, approximately a 13.0 mile round trip! However, you can hike any distance you want and still stay with the group as it is a straight out and back trail. You can turn around and head back to the start when ever you feel comfortable.
We will start at the River Trail Nature Center in Northbrook, again, DO NOT FOLLOW GPS, YOU WILL BE DIRECTED TOO FAR NORTH. The Nature Center is located just north of Lake St. on Milwaukee Ave. directly across from Allstate Insurance. We can picnic at a few different spots along the trail and can discuss/decide during announcements just prior to the start of the hike. So plan to have a small cold lunch or snacks with you.
This is mostly a wide packed dirt trail. Dogs allowed on a leash. No fee. Elevation change: negligible, Rated: moderate - strenuous. I think hikers of all levels will enjoy this trail. Hike only the distance and at the pace you are conditioned for and feel comfortable with.
I predict we will have lovely sunny day... however, consider dressing in layers, be prepared. Wear appropriate and comfortable shoes..., you may want to bring extra pair of socks, band-aids, etc... Bring plenty of water and snacks for the trail, even a cold picnic lunch. Don't forget sunscreen, bug spray, etc...
DRIVING DIRECTIONS: THE ADDRESS, 3120 MILWAUKEE AVE, IS CORRECT, HOWEVER GPS TAKES YOU TOO FAR NORTH. THE NATURE CENTER IS LOCATED NORTH OF LAKE AVE. ON MILWAUKEE AVE DIRECTLY ACROSS FROM ALLSTATE INSURANCE. PLEASE ALLOW EXTRA TIME TO MAKE SURE YOU ARRIVE FOR THE HIKE AND ANNOUNCEMENTSON TIME.
Trail Map: http://www.lcfpd.org/preserves/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.view&object_id=160 I downloaded it right to my cell phone which I plan to carry with me anyway to track my progress and take photos!
Please contact me with any questions or you have or if you get lost/late 773 717 9665