Chicago: Glacial Park Conservation Area

This 4.1-mile hike exposes the wilder side of northern Illinois, an untouched 3,000-acre tract filled with wildlife and a gravel cone formed by an ancient stream.
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This 4.1-mile hike exposes the wilder side of northern Illinois, an untouched 3,000-acre tract filled with wildlife and a gravel cone formed by an ancient stream.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 6.6

Waypoints

GPC001

Location: 42.4189186096191, -88.3219223022461

Head E; in .1 mile, enjoy prairie views from observation deck

GPC002

Location: 42.4192771911621, -88.3268051147461

Turn R and climb small hill

GPC003

Location: 42.4221382141113, -88.3251113891602

Bear L; trail stays N for short bit, then twists S

GPC004

Location: 42.4239730834961, -88.3249740600586

Turn L, bearing NW

GPC005

Location: 42.420970916748, -88.3304138183594

Turn R, then straight @ next fork

GPC006

Location: 42.4219207763672, -88.331672668457

Veer R; farther ahead, keep straight

GPC007

Location: 42.4290313720703, -88.3298263549805

Just E of trail is a glacial kame, a cone-shaped hill of gravel left by glacial streams 12,000+ years ago; turn L ahead

GPC008

Location: 42.4291915893555, -88.3312225341797

Turn L

GPC009

Location: 42.4230003356934, -88.3340835571289

Turn L; cross bridge over Nippersink Creek

GPC010

Location: 42.4232788085938, -88.331916809082

Turn R

GPC011

Location: 42.4226684570312, -88.3320617675781

Turn L, keep on main trail; @ junction with Waypoint 6 turn R for a quick sidetrip

GPC012

Location: 42.4213905334473, -88.3345031738281

Rustic cabin; head back to main trail

GPC013

Location: 42.4211654663086, -88.3304977416992

Turn R

GPC014

Location: 42.419189453125, -88.3315811157226

Unnamed high point: Miles of Illinois prairie unfold; fine lunch spot; straight @ next two intersections; trail closes last loop in .9 mile @ trailhead