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!