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First day of spring - Openlands Hike at Fort Sheridan

Hike the Openlands Lakeshore Preserve at Fort Sheridan. Our 2 hour loop includes Lake Michigan shoreline and blufftops, oak savanna, ravines, interpretive sculpture and a human sunclock. Dress in layers, because the lake shore can be much cooler than inland, and wear sturdy shoes. Trail parking includes a toilet, but there is no drinking water available. Please note that dogs are not allowed when we go down to the shoreline below the bluffs.


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  • Rich

    Thank you, thank you everyone for attending. It was a real pleasure to lead such a great group.

    2 · March 22, 2014

  • Penny M.

    Thanks for a lovely hike along the lake. Glad to discover a new area and to meet new people.

    1 · March 22, 2014

  • Patricia

    About 6 of us got tickets at $25 a piece from local police. Infractions were for not parking between the lines to parking within 20 feet of a cross walk. Lot was too small to accommodate number of cars.

    March 20, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Very unfortunate about the parking tickets- I'd suggest using the Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve lot for the next meetup since it has a large capacity for cars.

      1 · March 21, 2014

  • linda s.

    a very fine experience- lots of good company- welcoming- and Rich did a very good job of seeing that we were all safe (when conditions were somewhat harsh) and providing interesting information

    1 · March 21, 2014

  • Michael

    Good guide, good view, nice walk.

    1 · March 20, 2014

  • Michael

    Didn't know such trail existed along the lake. Enjoyed the guided walk and the lake view in Spring day. It was a fantastic hike. It was little too easy hike for me though. Thank you for your effort Rich.

    1 · March 20, 2014

  • Gail

    I'm very glad I came. Rich did a great job watching out for everyone and explaining everything and it was nice meeting some new people I hope to see again on future hikes.

    We didn't get a patking ticket, but I think it's terrible there were so few patking places and others got tickets for parking in unnarked spots and on the street.

    1 · March 20, 2014

  • Jerry

    Another great view and access to Lake Michigan.

    1 · March 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry guys, I could not make it on time. I hope few more will be planned over the coming weekends. Happy Spring!

    1 · March 20, 2014

  • Toni

    Where exactly r u? I am north of ft sheridan

    1 · March 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I like the location and time but unfortunately the date is not good for me. I hope there will be more hikes in this preserve because I feel that it is one of the hidden gems of Northern Illinois.

    1 · March 20, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'd also encourage people while you are there to check out the trails at the Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve. http://www.lcfpd.org/...­

      3 · March 20, 2014

    • JT

      Hi Mick, do you know if dogs are allowed on the Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve Trails? I know they're not allowed on the shoreline.

      March 20, 2014

  • robert

    how many miles?

    1 · March 19, 2014

    • Rich

      Only about 4 miles in 2 hours, because of stops at features along the way, and because the walk pace on the mile of natural lakeshore is slow.

      1 · March 20, 2014

  • Gail

    I'd like to bring a friend, but he's afraid of heights. Are there any places where it's narrow and you're walking along an edge? Can you give me an idea what the terrain is like? The picture is absolutely breathtaking! Thanks!

    March 17, 2014

    • Rich

      March 18, 2014

    • Gail

      Thanks, it looks great! I'm really looking forward to it. The steps look a lot like some I did hiking in CA.

      March 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm out of town in Michigan . Tons if snow here

    March 19, 2014

  • JT

    Is this a good one to bring dogs?

    March 14, 2014

    • Rich

      Julia, we leave the upper trail after about a half hour, so you would miss most of the hike.

      1 · March 18, 2014

    • JT

      Ok vielen Dank :)

      March 18, 2014

  • Toni

    Thanks for arranging. Looking forward to it!

    March 17, 2014

  • Cathie

    Please, repeat this event another time! :)

    1 · March 14, 2014

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