Chicago: Cal-Sag Trail Run

Find rugged trails twisting-and-turning through the largest roadless tract within 25 miles of downtown Chicago on this 5.6-miler in the wind and water-scoured ravines of Cook County Forest Preserve's Swallow Cliffs Woods.
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Find rugged trails twisting-and-turning through the largest roadless tract within 25 miles of downtown Chicago on this 5.6-miler in the wind and water-scoured ravines of Cook County Forest Preserve's Swallow Cliffs Woods.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 9.0

Waypoints

SCL001

Location: 41.6740303039551, -87.8600463867188

Take R onto Brown Trail from lot

SCL002

Location: 41.6740112304688, -87.8625869750976

Swing R @ 3-way and descend through first bog

SCL003

Location: 41.678279876709, -87.86279296875

Stay L on footpath; bear R into ravine, then follow gulch L
Check it: Before descending, go straight to Toboggan Slide and long-range views of the Cal Sag Valley

SCL004

Location: 41.6771087646484, -87.8692321777344

Turn left at top of ravine; loop around on Yellow-blazed trail back to Swallow Cliffs

SCL005

Location: 41.6789894104004, -87.8724670410156

Zigzag along cliffs and bear R for descent to Teason's Woods

SCL006

Location: 41.683650970459, -87.8739700317383

Turn R then go uphill

SCL007

Location: 41.6826210021973, -87.8787307739258

Crest knoll and take left and meander along cliffs

SCL008

Location: 41.6769523620606, -87.8870697021484

Left following yellow blazes

SCL009

Location: 41.6728706359863, -87.8815155029297

Reach ridgecrest and take L @ Y to skirt shoreline of Horsetail Lake

SCL010

Location: 41.6721725463867, -87.8691329956055

L staying on yellow trail

SCL011

Location: 41.6732177734375, -87.8665466308594

L @ Y onto Brown Trail for .2 mi. to close loop