• 7th Annual Black Friday hike at Kettle Moraine

    John Muir Trail

    Depending on the weather, I might change it up this year. If there's no snow, we'll go exploring Orange trails and Connector trails between John Muir and Emma Carlin. If there is snow cover on the trails, we'll stick to the familiar John Muir Blue Loop. Either way, it will be 10-11 miles on hilly terrain. Afterward, we'll have a late lunch at the LaGrange General Store. It is very possible that the trails will have snow and/or ice---even if it is dry in Chicago. If that's the case, traction devices for your boots will be REQUIRED. (YakTrax (http://www.rei.com/product/760281/yaktrax-pro), Ice Trekkers (http://www.rei.com/product/806475/icetrekkers-diamond-grip-traction-system), MicroSpikes (http://www.rei.com/product/890608/kahtoola-microspikes-traction-system), etc.) One year the trail was covered in sheer ice in many spots. Those who had traction devices were literally twice as fast as those who did not, and it was impossible to keep the group together. Several groups split off, and one group got lost. You can purchase traction devices at REI, running stores, Menards. Hiking distance: 10-11 miles on hilly terrain. Hiking time: approx 4 hours Driving time from Loop: approx 2 hours Parking: $11 per car CASH (unless you have a WI annual sticker) Carpooling: If you need a ride or can offer a ride, make a comment in your RSVP DIRECTIONS: This map has the location of the trailhead (https://www.google.com/maps/place/The+John+Muir+Trails/@42.8198738,-88.6053856,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x8805e8573fb48425:0xf6c802731722ff1a). or Go to the La Grange General Store (https://maps.google.com/maps?q=la+grange+general+store&hl=en&ll=42.79951,-88.602333&spn=0.00962,0.018475&sll=42.834122,-88.737602&sspn=0.038457,0.0739&t=m&z=16&iwloc=A), then head north on County Road H for about a mile until you see the trail head for John Muir Trails on the LEFT.

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  • Pre-Super Bowl Hike at Indiana Dunes

    Indiana Dunes State Park

    • What we'll do Let's hike for about 8 miles at Indiana Dunes State Park. We should finish by 1:30 or 2pm---in plenty of time for you to get home for the Super Bowl. • What to bring • Important to know

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  • 6th Annual Black Friday hike at Kettle Moraine

    John Muir Trail

    Depending on the weather, I might change it up this year. If there's no snow, we'll go exploring Orange trails and Connector trails between John Muir and Emma Carlin. If there is snow cover on the trails, we'll stick to the familiar John Muir Blue Loop. Either way, it will be 10-11 miles on hilly terrain. Afterward, we'll have a late lunch at the LaGrange General Store. It is very possible that the trails will have snow and/or ice---even if it is dry in Chicago. If that's the case, traction devices for your boots will be REQUIRED. (YakTrax (http://www.rei.com/product/760281/yaktrax-pro), Ice Trekkers (http://www.rei.com/product/806475/icetrekkers-diamond-grip-traction-system), MicroSpikes (http://www.rei.com/product/890608/kahtoola-microspikes-traction-system), etc.) One year the trail was covered in sheer ice in many spots. Those who had traction devices were literally twice as fast as those who did not, and it was impossible to keep the group together. Several groups split off, and one group got lost. You can purchase traction devices at REI, running stores, Menards. Hiking distance: 10-11 miles on hilly terrain. Hiking time: approx 4 hours Driving time from Loop: approx 2 hours Parking: $11 per car CASH (unless you have a WI annual sticker) Carpooling: If you need a ride or can offer a ride, make a comment in your RSVP DIRECTIONS: This map has the location of the trailhead (https://www.google.com/maps/place/The+John+Muir+Trails/@42.8198738,-88.6053856,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x8805e8573fb48425:0xf6c802731722ff1a). or Go to the La Grange General Store (https://maps.google.com/maps?q=la+grange+general+store&hl=en&ll=42.79951,-88.602333&spn=0.00962,0.018475&sll=42.834122,-88.737602&sspn=0.038457,0.0739&t=m&z=16&iwloc=A), then head north on County Road H for about a mile until you see the trail head for John Muir Trails on the LEFT.

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  • 5th Annual Black Friday hike at Kettle Moraine John MuirTrails

    We'll be hiking the John Muir Trails Blue Loop. We'll hike 9-10 miles on hilly terrain. Afterward, we'll have a late lunch at the LaGrange General Store. It is likely that the trails will have snow and/or ice---even if it is dry in Chicago. If that's the case, traction devices for your boots will be REQUIRED. (YakTrax (http://www.rei.com/product/760281/yaktrax-pro), Ice Trekkers (http://www.rei.com/product/806475/icetrekkers-diamond-grip-traction-system), MicroSpikes (http://www.rei.com/product/890608/kahtoola-microspikes-traction-system), etc.) One year the trail was covered in sheer ice in many spots. Those who had traction devices were literally twice as fast as those who did not, and it was impossible to keep the group together. Several groups split off, and one group got lost. You can purchase traction devices at REI, running stores, Menards. Hiking distance: 9-10 miles on hilly terrain. Hiking time: approx 4 hours Driving time from Loop: approx 2 hours Parking: $11 per car CASH (unless you have a WI annual sticker) Carpooling: If you need a ride or can offer a ride, make a comment in your RSVP DIRECTIONS: This map has the location of the trailhead (https://www.google.com/maps/place/The+John+Muir+Trails/@42.8198738,-88.6053856,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x8805e8573fb48425:0xf6c802731722ff1a). or Go to the La Grange General Store (https://maps.google.com/maps?q=la+grange+general+store&hl=en&ll=42.79951,-88.602333&spn=0.00962,0.018475&sll=42.834122,-88.737602&sspn=0.038457,0.0739&t=m&z=16&iwloc=A), then head north on County Road H for about a mile until you see the trail head for John Muir Trails on the LEFT.

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  • Deer Park Forest Preserve

    Deer Grove East Forest Preserve

    This hike will cover about nine miles on the Cook County Forest Preserve’s Deer Park trails. Deer Park Forest Preserve is in the northwest suburbs. This walk through the woods will include some slight hills and provide some exercise. I have not walked this route before but plan to take the brown trail to the tan trail to the yellow trail to the black trail to the green trail back to the brown trail. Be prepared for snow/ice/mud/puddles on the mostly unpaved trails. I hope to walk at about a 3.00 mile pace. Meeting point: We will meet at the Deer Grove East parking lot near the information sign at the western end of the parking lot. This parking area is on the north side of Dundee Road (State Route 68) between Hicks Road and Quentin Road. The trails and meeting point are shown on this pdf: http://fpdcc.com/downloads/maps/trails/english/FPCC-Deer-Grove-Trail-Map-10-15.pdf We will meet at 11:30. Bring something to drink and maybe a snack. Read the waiver in the files section. By attending this hike you and your guests agree to the terms and conditions of this waiver.

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  • Sag Valley on Saturday

    Forty Acre Woods

    This hike will cover about eight miles doing a figure 8 on mostly the yellow loop in the Cook County Forest Preserve’s Sag Valley Trail System. This walk through the woods will include slight hills and provide some exercise. Our route will cover the stairs next to the Swallow Cliff Woods' sled hill twice. Each time I plan to climb the stairs three times doing the stairs a total of six times. I hope to walk at about a 3.00 mile pace. Meeting point: We will meet at the Forty Acre Woods parking lot. This parking area is on the south side of 119th Street east of LaGrange Road (US Route 45). The parking area entrance is about a block east of LaGrange Road. Our meeting point are shown on this pdf: http://fpdcc.com/downloads/maps/pdf/sv_trailmap.pdf We will meet at 10:00. Bring something to drink and maybe a snack. Read the waiver in the files section. By attending this hike you and your guests agree to the terms and conditions of this waiver. If you are looking to carpool it is helpful to state whether you can offer a ride, are looking for a ride, or either, and where you can meet.

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  • Lakefront Walk

    Northwest Corner of West Diversey Parkway and North Lake Shore Drive West

    This walk will cover about eleven miles mostly along Chicago's lakefront covering several new areas (Lincoln Park landfill at Fullerton, the Riverwalk, Maggie Daley Park, and Northerly Island). This walk will be on paved paths. I hope to walk at a pace of three miles per hour. Note that this walk starts in Lincoln Park and ends at a different location in the Museum Campus. Meeting point: We will meet at the northwest corner of West Diversey Parkway and North Lake Shore Drive West (this is an inner drive). Our meeting point is about a mile east of the CTA's Diversey Brown Line station and two blocks east of the Diversey & Sheridan 151 bus stop. We will meet at 9:00 a.m. Bring something to drink and maybe a snack. Read the waiver in the files section. By attending this hike you and your guests agree to the terms and conditions of this waiver.

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  • Sag Valley Yellow Loop Saturday

    Forty Acre Woods

    This hike will cover about eight miles doing a figure 8 on mostly the yellow loop in the Cook County Forest Preserve’s Sag Valley Trail System. This walk through the woods will include slight hills and provide some exercise. Our route will cover the stairs next to the Swallow Cliff Woods' sled hill twice. Each time I plan to climb the stairs two times doing the stairs a total of four times. I hope to walk at a[masked] mile pace. Meeting point: We will meet at the Forty Acre Woods parking lot. This parking area is on the south side of 119th Street east of LaGrange Road (US Route 45). The parking area entrance is about a block east of LaGrange Road. The yellow loop and our meeting point are shown on this pdf: http://fpdcc.com/downloads/maps/pdf/sv_trailmap.pdf We will meet at 10:00. Bring something to drink and maybe a snack. Read the waiver in the files section. By attending this hike you and your guests agree to the terms and conditions of this waiver. If you are looking to carpool it is helpful to state whether you can offer a ride, are looking for a ride, or either, and where you can meet.

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  • Palos Yellow Loop from Little Red Schoolhouse

    Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center

    This hike will cover the 9.2 mile yellow loop in the Cook County Forest Preserve’s Palos Trail System. This walk through the woods will include some slight hills and provide some exercise. Be prepared for mud on the trail. I hope to walk at a[masked] mile pace. Meeting point: We will meet in the Little Red Schoolhouse parking lot near the nature center. This parking area is on the east side of 104th Avenue south of 95th Street. The yellow loop and our meeting point are shown on this pdf: http://fpdcc.com/downloads/maps/trails/english/FPCC-Palos-Trail-Map-10-15.pdf We will meet at 12:30. Bring something to drink and maybe a snack. Read the waiver in the files section. By attending this hike you and your guests agree to the terms and conditions of this waiver.

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