Chicago: Waterfall Glen

This preserve offers plenty of big city escape. Shady forests, gentle waterfalls, and a lofty vista over the Des Plaines River are just a few stops along this 10.1-mile multi-use loop.
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This preserve offers plenty of big city escape. Shady forests, gentle waterfalls, and a lofty vista over the Des Plaines River are just a few stops along this 10.1-mile multi-use loop.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 13.7

Waypoints

WGL001

Location: 41.7249374389648, -87.9736480712891

Head W on trail past fire ring

WGL002

Location: 41.7191200256348, -87.992317199707

4-way @ Kearney Rd.; continue W on limestone path

WGL003

Location: 41.7133369445801, -88.0017318725586

Westgate Rd.: Cross road and travel roadside SE 450 feet to trail

WGL004

Location: 41.7115325927734, -88.0031585693359

Stay L, heading S onto Kettle Hole Trail

WGL005

Location: 41.7010536193848, -88.0014114379883

Turn L

WGL006

Location: 41.6981010437012, -87.9950942993164

R onto Bluff Road; airfield clearly visible to E

WGL007

Location: 41.6968231201172, -87.9952392578125

Turn L onto limestone path

WGL008

Location: 41.6931419372559, -87.983154296875

L @ T; hilltop looks over Des Plaines River

WGL009

Location: 41.7048645019531, -87.9645462036133

Peer NW down gorge to waterfall

WGL010

Location: 41.7057991027832, -87.9650268554688

Waterfall cascades over rocky runway

WGL011

Location: 41.7066650390625, -87.9595642089844

Stay L around parking lot

WGL012

Location: 41.7235107421875, -87.970703125

Veer L @ T with Cass Ave, heading NNW back to trailhead