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No Pavement!!!: Let’s hike the Deer Grove Forest Preserve: 9 Miles

No Pavement!!!:  Let’s hike the Deer Grove Forest Preserve:  9 Miles

Saturday, November 16th.  We will meet up at 8:45 and hit the trail right at 9:00 AM. Okay, so we may cross the occasional paved road but other than that, this will be on dirt, gravel and crushed limestone trails. Not a beginner’s hike but not a terribly rugged hike either.  We will hike the Yellow and Brown loops of the Deer Grove Forest Preserve, part of the Cook County Preserves in the northwest suburbs. These are well maintained and well-marked trails.  

As the name implies, Deer Grove Forest Preserve is chock full of deer roaming in the wild throughout the forest.  Our hike will take us through very scenic prairie and forest trails.  As spring is springing all around us the wild grass of the prairie sections and the full canopy of the forest sections should make this a nice hike.  You may want to bring a camera too.

We will meet at the picnic shelter for Grove 1 in the west half of the forest preserve. 

We will first hike a short section of the Gold trail east and north to the Tan trail and cross Quentin road to connect up with the Brown trail in River Grove East.  After completing the Prairie section on the Brown trail we will cross Quentin and complete the Yellow trail loop through the forest.

Deer Grove Forest Preserve

Quentin Road between Lake/Cook & Dundee,

Palatine, IL 60305 

Directions: Take Illinois route 53 to the Dundee road exit.  Head west on Dundee road to Quentin road.  Take a right (North) on Quentin and take the first left (West) into the forest preserve. When the forest preserve road splits, take the left fork as it turns to the south.  There are two parking lots that are near Grove 1.  The first is across a small field from the picnic shelter (.5 miles from the entrance).  The second is right next to the picnic shelter (.7 miles from the entrance).

NOTE: Lots of entries into this park but unless you take the road off of Quentin you won't be able to get to our parking lot.  You MUST enter off of Quentin.

More information on the Deer Grove Forest Preserve:

Deer Grove Trail System Map click here.

I hope you can make the hike; it should be a nice hike, with lots of wildlife, but also easy on the feet!

Lyle

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  • Michael

    This is my favorite trail to hike and I hike the yellow trail (5.4 mi) about three or four time a week. I live about five minutes from the trail. It is too bad that we did not get to cover all of brown trail on the east side but it was a good hike overall. I enjoyed conversation with John Diebold and thanks Lyle again for a flawless organization of hike. This trail is good to hike anytime throughout the year exception of late summer where mosquitoes are in full swing and in winter when the trail is covered in sheet of ice. Mosquitoes, I can live with but sheet of ice is something I cannot deal with. Trail is good for cross-country ski when there is a accumulation of snow.

    November 17, 2013

  • Nicole

    Perfect day for a hike with a great group of people.

    November 16, 2013

  • cathy b r.

    what is the terrain like and the view like (scenery? hilly?)

    1 · November 15, 2013

    • rita r

      Cathy, you are the most energetic trouper I know! Next time, you can't cancel! :))

      1 · November 16, 2013

    • cathy b r.

      trust me, i regret it : (

      November 16, 2013

  • Anthony

    This was a very nice hike Lyle. Thanks for organizing it and I'm so glad you had a good turn out. The weather, for me, was ideal!

    November 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great hike. Thanks, Lyle!

    November 16, 2013

  • Lyle W.

    Awesome

    November 16, 2013

  • Lyle W.

    For the thirty forks that ignored the dire weather predictions and came out, was it not perfect conditions or what? I love the smell of a real forest this time of year i think the only challenge was that the conversation was so fun and loud the deer heard us a mile away. Trust me there are lots of deer there. Thanks to all for joining us on an awesome hike!!!!!!

    4 · November 16, 2013

  • Dawn S

    Great hike Lyle!! Thank you for organizing hikes for us...lots of fun, great exercise and people! Looking forward th the best grilled cheese ever!

    November 16, 2013

  • Jerry

    Hindsight says we should have done the whole 9 miles, since the weather was fine. Who knows what was best at the time, but it was great to be out hiking with a great group of people. Thanks again Lyle for getting us out there.

    November 16, 2013

  • Roger A

    Thanks Lyle another lovely hike with great people. Thanks for making the International contingent so welcome :-)

    November 16, 2013

  • rita r

    Lyle, thank you for leading this hike. It was lots of fun and the pace was great. Hope to do more hikes lead by you. Thanks.

    November 16, 2013

  • Tom G

    Nice Hike!

    November 16, 2013

  • Mary M

    Great hike. Great people. Thank you Lyle for organizing.

    November 16, 2013

  • Michael

    It is always good to be at the Deer Grove.

    November 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Canceling since rain started early.

    November 16, 2013

  • Nicole

    I can offer one way ride from city to hike and drop at train stop for return to city, if that works for anyone who needs a ride. I am going to Wisconsin straight from hike, which is why I hadn't extended the offer sooner.

    November 15, 2013

    • Francesco

      Hi Nicole, I'm going with Lani both ways, thank you for offering the ride!

      November 15, 2013

    • Nicole

      Great!!!!

      November 16, 2013

  • Trupti

    Going to miss this hike again. Hopefully, I can make it the next time.

    November 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey gang! Anyone driving from Chicago willing to give me a lift? I can share gas, and I'll even buy you a tasty breakfast treat! I live in Rogers park but can travel by El.

    November 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Same thing! I live in Pilsen but I can meet up wherever is most convenient in Chicago! Can I have a ride in exchange for gas money?

      November 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Ladies, I live in Lincoln Square and we could give you a ride.

      1 · November 15, 2013

  • Laura D.

    Wish I could make it, hopefully you will do it again soon.

    November 15, 2013

  • Vivek

    Unfortunately not able to make it

    November 15, 2013

  • Roger A

    Hi, I will be coming from Bloomingdale if anyone would like a lift

    November 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Checking again for any rides?? It looks like 39 people are going... I'm sure someone out of that lives in Chicago? I can reimburse with gas money or food or whatever. :)

    November 15, 2013

  • David M.

    Looking forward to meeting everyone. Would love to offer a ride but I live in Mount Prospect.

    November 15, 2013

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