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Birmingham, Ala. : Menasha Ridge Press ©2005-
Item Description
Subtitle 2012: including Wisconsin and northwest Indiana.
Subtitle 2008: including Aurora, northwest Indiana, and Waukegan.
Subtitle 2005: including Aurora, Elgin, and Joliet.
Physical Description
volumes : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Publication Frequency
Every 3 or 4 years
  • Overview Map
  • Acknowledgments
  • Foreword
  • About the Author
  • Preface
  • Recommended Hikes
  • Introduction
  • Cook County
  • 1. Deer Grove Loop
  • 2. Crabtree Nature Center Hike
  • 3. Chicago Botanic Garden Hike
  • 4. Skokie Lagoons and River Hike
  • 5. Busse Woods Loop
  • 6. Chicago Lakeshore Path: South Hike
  • 7. Chicago Lakeshore Path: North Hike
  • 8. Jackson Park Loop
  • 9. Palos/Sag Valley Forest Preserve: Cap Sauers and Swallow Cliff Loop
  • 10. Palos/Sag Valley Forest Preserve: Little Red Schoolhouse Hike
  • 11. Palos/Sag Valley Forest Preserve: Tomahawk Slough Hike
  • 12. Lake Katherine Trail
  • Dupage County and Destinations West
  • 13. Tekakwitha-Fox River Hike
  • 14. Pratt's Wayne Loop
  • 15. Blackwell Forest Preserve Hike
  • 16. Fullersburg Woods Forest Preserve Loop
  • 17. Danada Forest Preserve Hike
  • 18. Morton Arboretum East Hike
  • 19. Greene Valley Forest Preserve Loop
  • 20. Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve Loop
  • 21. Silver Springs State Park Loop
  • 22. Shabbona Lake State Park Loop
  • North Chicagoland and Wisconsin
  • 23. Bong State Recreation Area Loop
  • 24. Geneva Lake: North Shore Hike
  • 25. Bristol Woods Hike
  • 26. Chain O' Lakes State Park: East Hike
  • 27. Chain O' Lakes State Park: West Hike
  • 28. Glacial Park Loop
  • 29. Adeline Jay Geo-Karis Illinois Beach State Park: Dead River Loop
  • 30. Volo Bog State Natural Area Hike
  • 31. Moraine Hills State Park Hike
  • 32. Des Plaines River Trail: Old School to Independence Grove
  • 33. Marengo Ridge Hike
  • 34. Lakewood Forest Preserve Loop
  • 35. Veteran Acres-Sterne's Woods Hike
  • 36. Ryerson Woods Hike
  • Northwest Indiana and Environs
  • 37. Warren Dunes State Park Loop
  • 38. Indiana Dunes State Park: Dune Ridge Loop
  • 39. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore: Ly-co-ki-we Hike
  • 40. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore: Cowles Bog Trail
  • 41. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore: West Beach Loop
  • 42. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore: Bailly/Chellberg Hike
  • 43. Oak Ridge Prairie Loop
  • 44. Deep River Hike
  • 45. Grand Kankakee Marsh County Park Hike
  • 46. LaSalle Fish and Wildlife Area Loop
  • South Chicagoland and the Illinois River Valley
  • 47. Pilcher Park Loop
  • 48. Joliet Iron Works Hike
  • 49. Thorn Creek Hike
  • 50. Goodenow Grove Hike
  • 51. I&M Canal Trail/McKinley Woods Hike
  • 52. Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area: Tallgrass Trail
  • 53. Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area: Prairie View Trail
  • 54. Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie Hike
  • 55. Buffalo Rock State Park Hike
  • 56. Starved Rock State Park: East Hike
  • 57. Starved Rock State Park: West Hike
  • 58. Matthiessen State Park Dells Area Hike
  • 59. Kankakee River State Park Hike
  • 60. Iroquois County State Wildlife Area Hike
  • Appendixes and Index
  • Appendix A. Outdoor Stores
  • Appendix B. Places to Buy Maps
  • Appendix C. Hiking Clubs
  • Index

Pratt's Wayne Loop In Brief As the largest forest preserve in DuPage County, Pratt's Wayne Woods has no shortage of marshes, ponds, and prairies to explore. The west section of the preserve hosts sprawling open spaces interrupted now and then with picturesque wetlands and groves of elm and cottonwood. Description Located in the far northwestern corner of DuPage County, this 3,432-acre county forest preserve was pieced together with help by an assortment of landowners. Some landowners grew corn and grain here, some mined gravel, while others used the setting for a hunting and fishing club. After the preserve got its start in 1965 with the donation of 170 acres by the state of Illinois, a couple of the parcels were sold to the county by George Pratt, a local township supervisor and county forest preserve commissioner. The preserve gets part of its name from Pratt and part of it from the nearby community of Wayne. The hike begins by circling tree-fringed ponds on the northwest side of Pickerel Lake. Find the trailhead by heading right along the shore of Pickerel Lake and looking for the crushed-gravel path at the far edge of the last parking lot. Once on the trail, you'll pass the east end of Catfish Pond on the right and then pass a paved wheelchair-accessible trail on the left that leads to one of two fishing piers on Pickerel Lake. After the trail to the pier, follow the next trail left, which brings you to the shoreline of Beaver Slough. Many banks of Beaver Slough are reinforced with stacks of limestone that sometimes serve as steps leading to the water's edge. All three of these ponds, as well as Pickerel Lake, were gravel pits about 50 years ago. Keep straight ahead at the connector trail on the right that divides Beaver Slough and Horsetail Pond. At 0.3 mile, the trail takes a sharp right onto the metal bridge spanning the west end of Horsetail Pond, and then passes a pleasant picnic area and a connector trail dividing Horsetail and Catfish ponds on the right. Just beyond the connector trail, turn left on the two-track (be sure to take the trail to the right of the sign for Pratt's Wayne Woods; don't take the fainter trail to the left of the sign). Leaving behind the woods, the trail enters a wide-open savanna bordered by groves of oak. Follow the next junction left, and you'll begin to see dozens of obstacles for horse jumping--everything from small logs to wooden fences to giant tree trunks stacked five feet high. The 100-year-old Wayne-DuPage Hunt Club organizes equestrian events here during the warmer months. After hiking 0.7 mile through the horse-jumping area, the trail veers right through the trees and then turns left before passing through a gate (you may have to duck under a cable stretched across the gate). At 1.5 miles into the hike, turn left onto a lovely slice of rail-trail known as the Illinois Prairie Path. This section of Prairie Path--called the Elgin Spur--runs for about 15 miles between the towns of Wheaton and Elgin. Once you're on the path, keep to the right side. You'll notice right away that this 5-foot-wide crushed-gravel path is well-liked by local hikers, runners, and cyclists. For the first 0.3 mile on Prairie Path, the route shoots straight as an arrow behind a few houses, alongside dense woods, and next to a sizable cattail marsh. Soon the cattails on the left give way to open water, much of it covered in algae. On the far side of the open water, look for large water birds perched on fallen logs. The wooden railings mark the spot where Brewster Creek passes under the path. After the creek, open water comes and goes on the left, and eventually shrubs rise up on each side of the trail. To the left over the wooden railings at the Norton Creek crossing is a wide treeless swath of marshland and wet prairie. Farther along, the thick woods and a dense, leafy canopy turn the trail into a shadowy tunnel. You'll encounter an elementary school on the right and then cross Powis Road before arriving at ArmyTrail Road at 3.4 miles into the hike. There you'll find a portable restroom, a water pump, a bench, and a mapboard showing the entire 55-mile route of the Prairie Path. The hike continues less than 100 yards to the left along Army Trail Road. While walking along the side of Army Trail Road, skip the mowed path on the right that appears before the train tracks; instead, take the second mowed path on the right, just after the train tracks. Following the mowed path as it enters the grassland and then swings aroundthe backside of the farmhouse on the right, you'll encounter wet prairies, standsof shrubs, and occasional savannas. After returning to Army Trail Road for a shortsweep, the trail heads back into the grassland, takes a dip, and then rises to meet a trail on the right heading to Munger Road. Turning left at the fork takes you through a grove of smaller trees and next to a wetland on the left. Keeping left at another spur trail, you'll cut through a grove of elm, cottonwood, and cherry trees on your way to a high spot with the best view so far of this sprawling open space. Except for the big cluster of homes off to the east, you can see for nearly a mile in every direction. As you approach the 23-acre off-leash dog area, you'll pass a cattail-fringedpond with open water on the left. For the next 0.3 mile, the trail follows the dogfence straight ahead and then to the right. At 5.5 miles into the hike, use cautionas you cross over the train tracks. On the other side of the tracks, you'll see thehorse-trailer parking lot as you approach the park road. Take a left on the parkroad, then cross Powis Road into the forest preserve's main entrance. Stay to theleft, heading toward Pickerel Lake. Follow the shore of the lake 0.15 mile back tothe parking lot. Nearby Activities Just north of Pratt's Wayne Woods is the James "Pate" Philip State Park (formerlyTri-County State Park), offering 3.8 miles of multiuse trails through 500 acres ofprairie and wetlands. Once agricultural land and now bordered by various developments, the prairies are in the process of being restored. The Big Bluestem Trailtakes you to the point where Cook, DuPage, and Kane counties come together. From the Pratt's Wayne Woods main entrance, follow Powis Road for 0.9 mile north (left). Head west (left) on Stearns Road and follow it 0.7 mile to the park entrance. For information, call the visitor center at (847) 429-4670. For those interested in exploring more of the Illinois Prairie Path either onfoot or on a bicycle, you can connect to the Fox River Trail about 5 miles northof Army Trail Road in Elgin. To the south, the Great Western Trail is about 4 miles away, and downtown Wheaton is about 9 miles. These sections of the Prairie Path are maintained by the DuPage County Division of Transportation, which can be contacted at (708) 682-7318. The map sold by the Active Transportation Alliance (activetrans.org) is indispensable for getting around on all the rail-trails and bikeways in Chicagoland. Excerpted from 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Chicago: Including Wisconsin and Northwest Indiana by Ted Villaire All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.