Chicago: Swallow Cliffs

Enjoy the views and solitude of this 9.6 mile out-and-back trek through wind and water-scoured ravines to glacier-carved moraines in southeast Chicago.
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Enjoy the views and solitude of this 9.6 mile out-and-back trek through wind and water-scoured ravines to glacier-carved moraines in southeast Chicago.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 7.7

Waypoints

SCT001

Location: 41.6740341186523, -87.8600540161133

Trail curves W from trailhead

SCT002

Location: 41.6740074157715, -87.8625946044922

Swing N @ 3-way; skirt bogs

SCT003

Location: 41.6782760620117, -87.8627853393555

Stay L on footpath; bear R into ravine, then follow gulch SW. Detour: Before descending, go straight to Toboggan Slide and views of Cal Sag Valley

SCT004

Location: 41.6771087646484, -87.8692321777344

Turn L at top of ravine; follow yellow-blazed trail NE and back to Swallow Cliffs

SCT005

Location: 41.6789932250977, -87.8724670410156

Zigzag along cliffs, bear R

SCT006

Location: 41.6836471557617, -87.8739700317383

Turn R @ 3-way

SCT007

Location: 41.6826210021973, -87.8787307739258

R @ 3-way, joining the red-blazed Esker Trail

SCT008

Location: 41.6845817565918, -87.88134765625

Turn R, crossing creekbed

SCT009

Location: 41.6841087341309, -87.8844833374024

Climb up small uplift, then bear L

SCT010

Location: 41.6776313781738, -87.8937530517578

Turn R

SCT011

Location: 41.6796340942383, -87.8971405029297

Swing L @ 4-way; head SE up small hill to old homestead ruins; backtrack to trailhead