Hike the Des Plaines River Trail

Rate this Adventure 9.8 miles 205 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

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The Des Plaines River Trail is 9.8 miles out-and-back with minimal elevation gain. The trail winds along prairies, ponds, and swimming holes.

The end of the trail offers a scenic view of the nearby landscapes. Due to the length of the trail, use is recommended for intermediate - advanced hikers, bikers, or trail runners. 

This trail heads north out of the Old School Forest Preserve. About halfway down the trail you will pass Minear Lake, a popular local swimming hole. 

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Fitness
Cycling
Running
Skiing
Snowshoeing
Hiking
Easy Parking
Handicap Accessible
River
Scenic

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