Illinois Prairie Path - Elgin Branch
ElevationAscent: 237' 72 m
Descent: -196' -60 m
High: 805' 245 m
Low: 715' 218 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (0°)
Max Grade: 4% (2°)
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“A segment of the Illinois Prairie Path connecting from Elgin to the Main Branch of the IPP in Wheaton.”— Eric Ashley
Family Friendly While riding the whole trail may prove too much for young children, they can certainly handle a small section.
As the trail heads south, it passes a mix of residential, industrial, and agricultural land before crossing under Dunham Road and Stearns Road in quick succession. The next several miles of tree-lined path are truly pleasant, as most of the surroundings are wetlands and fields. Ahead, the trail briefly overlaps the Great Western Trail before separating to the right and crossing Prince Crossing Road.
The trail crosses the Illinois Prairie Path - Geneva Spur just past the Timber Ridge Forest Preserve. After this point, the remaining few miles of trail continue to pass easily through residential zones and the Lincoln Marsh Natural Area before the trail ends in Wheaton at a 3-way junction with the other two main branches: Illinois Prairie Path - Main Stem and Illinois Prairie Path - Aurora Branch.
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Local Club: The Illinois Prairie Path