• Ft. Sheridan Openlands Hike

    Openlands at Ft. Sheridan

    Come Out and Hike the Openlands Lake shore Preserve at Fort Sheridan! The 2 1/2 hour (4 mile) loop includes Lake Michigan shoreline and bluff tops, oak savanna, ravines, interpretive sculpture, and a human sun clock. Please Note: There is one part of the hike that requires us to go down the face of a bluff.... it's not difficult, but please be sure you can handle this part. Dress in layers, because the lake shore can be much cooler than inland, and wear sturdy shoes. No drinking water available, but trail parking includes a toilet. Please note that dogs are not allowed when we go down to the shoreline below the bluffs. Driving directions: from Sheridan Rd, turn left at Simonds Way and go east & south to Patten Rd and the trail parking area. (See the map below; you drive to trail parking as if you were walking from the metra train.) Also note that you cannot go to Patten Rd parking through the army reserve base area or the reserve housing area of Ft Sheridan. Please use "Comments" area in the bottom of the event page to offer/ask for rides and post any general questions or comments. I look forward to seeing everyone there!!