Chicago: Red Gate Woods - West Loop

Escape the Windy City on this easy 5.9-mile hike through a beautiful hardwood forest into ravines carved by glaciers more than 10,000 years ago.
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Escape the Windy City on this easy 5.9-mile hike through a beautiful hardwood forest into ravines carved by glaciers more than 10,000 years ago.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 9.2

Waypoints

01

Location: 41.7104301452637, -87.913200378418

Trailhead. Veer R, heading SW

02

Location: 41.705680847168, -87.914176940918

Bear R @ Y

03

Location: 41.7044715881348, -87.9141616821289

After stone bridge, turn R @ 3-way along ravine

04

Location: 41.7029800415039, -87.9249267578125

Turn R @ 3-way; hike uphill

05

Location: 41.6983337402344, -87.922607421875

Bear R @ Y; climb over small ridge

06

Location: 41.6970863342285, -87.9215698242188

Turn hard L @ Y; good view of nearby ravine

07

Location: 41.6984329223633, -87.9207534790039

Turn R @ T, dropping into the ravine

08

Location: 41.698787689209, -87.9201354980469

Bottom of ravine; turn L @ T

09

Location: 41.6983757019043, -87.9174499511719

Turn L @ T

10

Location: 41.6985282897949, -87.9035568237305

Turn L @ T

11

Location: 41.7021636962891, -87.9044723510742

Turn L @ 4-way

12

Location: 41.7016067504883, -87.9101181030274

Bear R @ Y; one of the world's first two nuclear reactors, built by physicist Enrico Fermi in the early 1940s, is buried here

13

Location: 41.7024154663086, -87.9103164672852

L @ T

14

Location: 41.705680847168, -87.914176940918

Bear R @ Y

15

Location: 41.7067375183106, -87.9110260009766

L @ T; monument marks nuclear burial site; walk .3 mi. back to trailhead