Chicago: Daves Loop

Venture into mosaic of woodlands, prairies, and glacial moraines on this 4-mile trek through a local forest preserve.
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Venture into mosaic of woodlands, prairies, and glacial moraines on this 4-mile trek through a local forest preserve.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 6.4

Waypoints

WPT001

Location: 42.1359214782715, -88.220817565918

From car, hike E along forest line

WPT002

Location: 42.1355247497559, -88.2193069458008

Turn R on trail through pines; then R @ Y to skirt prairie bordered with Queen Anne’s Lace and home to deer

WPT003

Location: 42.1314277648926, -88.2186660766602

Turn R @ 2 consecutive Y’s, passing shady hardwoods

WPT004

Location: 42.1292839050293, -88.213996887207

L @ Y; hike up short, steep hill past eroded bank jump once used in competition by horseback
riders

WPT005

Location: 42.1289672851562, -88.2081527709961

R onto wider trail

WPT006

Location: 42.1325263977051, -88.2063980102539

R @ 3-way, pass wetland area lined by golden reeds

WPT007

Location: 42.1355018615723, -88.2044525146484

R @ 4-way; cross lively marsh filled with butterflies
and frogs

WPT008

Location: 42.1348304748535, -88.2017974853516

Turn L to cross Flint Creek, then take 2nd L onto double track

WPT009

Location: 42.1382522583008, -88.2008590698242

Follow L bend through shady hardwoods with wildberry and buckthorn understory. Stay on main trail to road

WPT010

Location: 42.1426544189453, -88.2065200805664

Turn L onto old Donlea Rd., a paved multiuse road

WPT011

Location: 42.1409606933594, -88.2092895507812

Turn R onto easy-to-miss trail; enter towering oak forest, one of the largest preserved in Chicago area

WPT012

Location: 42.1410827636719, -88.2151794433594

Sharp L @ T; Go uphill then continue straight

WPT013

Location: 42.1392021179199, -88.2142105102539

Cross paved Donlea Rd., following trail R and passing massive horse jumps made of logs

WPT014

Location: 42.1371192932129, -88.2154159545898

Follow trail R, bearing SW to open prairie, then into parking area (now visible) via any combo of spider-webbed trails