Hike the Des Plaines River Trail

Des Plaines River Trail - Search Nearby - Added by The Outbound Collective

The Des Plaines River Trail is 9.8 miles out-and-back with minimal elevation gain. The trail winds along prairies, ponds, and swimming holes.

The end of the trail offers a scenic view of the nearby landscapes. Due to the length of the trail, use is recommended for intermediate - advanced hikers, bikers, or trail runners. 

This trail heads north out of the Old School Forest Preserve. About halfway down the trail you will pass Minear Lake, a popular local swimming hole. 

Photos: Kevin TaoSF Gam Chick, and Jonathan Hartsaw


9.8 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

205 ft Gain




Fitness, Cycling, Running, Skiing, Snowshoeing, Hiking

Easy Parking
Handicap Accessible

Nearby Lodging

Chicago Northwest KOA

Union, Illinois

Milton KOA

Edgerton, Wisconsin

Coloma / St. Joseph KOA

Benton Harbor, Michigan

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!


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