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The southwest suburbs are full of wonderful forest preserves, parks and natural areas. I spend a lot of time walking/hiking in them, and I'm sure there are others of you who are retired, working part-time, between jobs or whatever who like to get some outdoor exercise during the week. Let's get together and do some walking!

We usually hike on Tuesday mornings for 1-2 hours, usually between 3 and 5 miles, at a moderate pace. Coffee or lunch afterwards is often an option. Hkes may also be scheduled on other days of the week, along with occasional longer outings to places further away. We may or may not hike year-round, depending on the severity of the weather.

Dogs are not permitted on this group's hikes, unless a special exception is requested and granted or a special "dog-friendly" hike is announced. Several of the places we frequently hike are nature preserves that don't allow dogs. Also, I think it might slow down the group or cause problems if several people bring dogs. Thanks for your cooperation.

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Hike The Old Plank Road Trail, Wolf Road to Downtown Frankfort & back, 4.4 mi

Meijer parking Lot - just north of trail along Wolf Road

Let's meet in the Meijer parking lot to the east of their building along Wolf Road. The Old Plank Trail is just south of the parking lot. We'll hike to downtown Frankfort and back. It is winter so we'll be able to see the houses, etc, along the trail.
If the group wants to, we can stop in downtown Frankfort for a cup of something hot and/or to use their clean, well-kept restrooms.

Right now, the forecast is for sunny weather, temperatures in the low teens with 11 mph winds. Dress for the weather.

Lake Sedgwick - Centennial Park, Orland Park

Centennial Park

Let's check out Centennial Park in Orland Park again. We were there back in February of 2021 when there was quite a lot of snow on the ground. There is a walking path around Lake Sedgwick. Crushed limestone through the wetland areas with prairie grass well above your head, paved path along baseball fields, grassy parkland areas. This will be about 3 miles total or 4 miles if we tack a little more on.

In Orland Park, take West Ave to the Centennial Park entrance on Fun Drive. Drive west on Fun Drive and take the first left into the parking area for Lake Sedgwick.

At present, the forecast is for temperatures of about 30 degrees, cloudy skies, no precipitation and wind of about 12 mph. Dress for the weather.

The photo is a sunset across the lake on July 4 of 2020.

Past events (437)

Starved Rock Eagle Watching Trolley Tour and Frozen Waterfall Hike

Starved Rock State Park


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