Scenic Hike near Chicago

On a gloomy March day in Chicago we decided to get out and enjoy nature outside of the city. Therefore, we decided to take a scenic hike near Chicago.

We asked our friends to think of a hike within an hour drive of the city. As a result, we made the decision to drive to Horsetail Lake and hike the Sag Valley Trail.

The trail:

We parked next to Horsetail Lake. We were one of the only cars in the large parking lot. To sum it up, we were basically guaranteed to be alone during our trek.

The trail starts by walking passed the lake. It winds in all directions with multiple paths to choose from. There are more than 20 miles of paths intertwined together in the Sag Valley trail system.

With all those trails I recommend taking a photo of the map before you start your hike. I am also easily lost in the woods. If it wasn’t for everyone else I probably would have gotten lost, picture of the map and all.

I enjoyed learning from my mushroom guru bestie. We walked as much as we could before freezing out butts off and turning around.

By the time we got back to the car my fingers felt like they had been sacrificed for all the photos I took. Luckily, they came back to life with in our drive back to their place.

In conclusion, we loved this trek because there was an abundance of mushrooms, random ruins, a ton of trees to climb, and of course the glass-like lake.

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Gear for your scenic hike in Chicago:

Since it was a cold one in Chicago these are the best tools to keep you warm. I added good gloves to the mix so that, you do not have to experience freezing finger tips like I did that day.