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A fun loop which meanders along the upper bluff closest to the Mississippi River with an overlook.


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Map Key

0.7

Miles

1.1

KM

Singletrack

772' 235 m

High

720' 219 m

Low

83' 25 m

Up

81' 25 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

Trails closed when wet and during spring/fall freeze-thaw cycles. Check www.qcforc.org for current trail conditions.

Description

The Overlook Loop Trail is a short loop around the top of the northern bluff. It passes through the scenic overlook area for the Mississippi River and Lock and Dam 14. A short section of wide trail is shared with the hike-only overlook stairway trail just west of the overlook area.

There are a few fun descents and short climbs along this section with a few tight squeezes in between. Stop at the overlook and check out the great views of the river valley. If you can time it right, sunsets are particularly good here.

History & Background

The current overlook area used to be an old ski slope with a tow rope to the top. Remnants of the tow rope structures can still be found to the north side of the overlook.

Contacts

Shared By:

D. H.

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#133

in Illinois

#13,796

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Switchbacks a the end of the North Loop decent.
May 9, 2015 near Hampton, IL
Optional log over features on the upper North Loop trail.
May 9, 2015 near Hampton, IL
Illiniwek - North Loop Climb switchback.
May 18, 2015 near Hampton, IL
Illiniwek Connector Trail bridges.
May 18, 2015 near Hampton, IL

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