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Autumn Hike at Starved Rock - PLEASE NOTE THE DATE HAS CHANGED!!!

PLEASE NOTE WE HAVE MOVED THE HIKE UP ONE WEEK TO SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14. WE HAVE BEEN ALERTED THAT MAJOR PORTIONS OF THE PARK ARE CLOSED THE WEEKEND OF NOVEMBER 21 TO ALLOW HUNTING ON THE PROPERTY. WE DID NOT WANT TO TAKE ANY CHANCES ON DIMINISHING THE EXTENT OF THE HIKE OR LOSING A MEMBER TO A HUNTING ACCIDENT - LOL!!

JENNIFER WILL BE POSTING AN ALTERNATE HIKE FOR NOVEMBER 21 - SO LOOK FOR THE DETAILS!!

We are planning an approximately 8 mile hike from the St. Louis Canyon to the LaSalle Canyon with many scenic canyons and overlooks along the way. We will set a brisk pace, but will stop frequently to enjoy the canyons and waterfalls. The total hiking time will be approximately 4 to 4.5 hours. The weather in November is unpredictable and we will hike in any conditions!! Dress in layers and make sure you bring plenty of water and snacks for the trail. For those interested, we will be heading over to Duffy's Tavern and Grill after the hike for a late lunch. Park your car at the Starved Rock Lodge (not the Visitor's Center) and we'll meet in the main hall near the sofas/fireplace just outside the gift shop.

We will be heading out promptly at 10:00am

Directions to the Park:

Starved Rock is located approximately 95 miles from Chicago and about 120 miles from northern Lake County. Plan for a 1.5 to 2 hour drive - indicate in you RSVP if you would like to carpool. Take I-294 or I-355 south to I-55. Take I-55 south to I-80. Go west on I-80, 45 miles to Exit #81 (Rt. 178, Utica). Go south (left) 3 miles on Rt. 178 and follow the signs into the Park.

Website with Park Information, Directions and Trail Maps:

http://www.starvedrockstatepark.org/index.cfm

Location for Duffy's Tavern:

Duffy's Tavern
101 Mill Street
Utica, IL 61373

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  • Jenn

    Had a lot of fun! Beautiful day out too. I will post my pics soon.

    November 20, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Beautiful weather, great company, fantastic scenery; aside from our little detour it was a great day!

    November 15, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    A beautiful day for a hike.

    November 14, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great time, great people, great weather, beautiful scenery. Thanks for posting this Jenn. =)

    November 14, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a great day with perfect weather for a hike. Met some nice new people in the group as well as a deer on the drive home! Hate when that happens!!! :o

    November 14, 2009

  • Melissa

    Great hike with perfect fall weather. Excellent idea Jenn, thanks for organizing.

    November 14, 2009

  • Jenn

    Possible showers high 58 degrees. Shorts and a rain coat sounds good to me! ;-)

    November 12, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    If the meetup shows full, add yourself to the waitlist or RSVP No and write in your RSVP that you would like to join if someone drops. If you are a Yes and your plans change and you can't attend, please take a moment to change your RSVP.

    October 6, 2009

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