60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Chicago: Including Wisconsin and Northwest Indiana (Hardcover)
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The best guide to hiking within an hour's drive of Chicago.
60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Chicago by Ted Villaire introduces newcomers and lifelong residents alike to a surprising array of the best day hikes within a 60-mile radius of the Windy City.
The new full-color edition includes some brand-new hikes on newly built trails, such as Miller Beach, which not long ago was just a loop around a marsh but now includes an out-and-back trail to a lovely beach on Lake Michigan. A couple of urban hikes were added to the mix in this edition, including a stroll through the lagoons and along the prairie river in Humboldt Park, perhaps the most beautiful Chicago Park away from the lakeshore. Ted also takes you on a ramble along the newly built Chicago Riverwalk in the Loop, an artfully constructed promenade alongside the river with restaurants and bars along the way. Each hike description features:
Key information on length, hiking time, difficulty, configuration, scenery, traffic, trail surface, and accessibility
Information on the history and natural history of the areas the hikes pass through
A detailed trail map and elevation profile
Clear directions to the trailhead and trailhead GPS data
Tips on nearby activities Whether you are a local looking for new places to explore, or a visitor in the area for business or pleasure, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Chicago will provide plenty of options for outings lasting a full day to a couple of hours, all within about an hour's drive of the Windy City and its surrounding communities.
About the Author
Ted Villaire is the author of Best Bike Rides Chicago, Rail-Trails Illinois, Road Biking Illinois, and Camping Illinois. Ted has worked as a news reporter for various daily and weekly newspapers, and he currently works as the communications director for the Active Transportation Alliance, a nonprofit organization that works to improve options for biking, walking, and public transit in Chicagoland. He received a bachelor's degree from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and a master's degree from DePaul University in Chicago. He rides his bicycle year-round for transportation. He, his wife, and their dog live on Chicago's Northwest Side. He frequently gives presentations about biking and hiking in Chicagoland. Get in touch with him by visiting www.tedvillaire.com.