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Rollerski trails west of Chicago

Wed, Oct  29, 2008 - By David Fyhrie

Here are some rollerski trails to try just west of Chicago, Illinois. One route is over paved roads; three are on crushed limestone.

Paved route

Neighborhoods of Brook Forest and Ginger Creek (Oakbrook, Illinois).

This is a cloistered beautiful subdivision with very little traffic, easy rolling hills, mature trees and winding roads. Total mileage around 10.

The best place to park car is at the tennis courts on Regent Drive near Brook Forest Grade School. No bathrooms but there is often a construction porta pottie in this ritzy neighborhood with remodeling activities. From the intersection of Route 83 and 31st Street, take 31st street west for ½ mile to Regent Drive, turn right/north and go 1 mile to tennis courts.

Crushed Limestone routes

These trails are best for those with Jenex V2 Aero 150 rollerskis or CAT Skis. All take place within the Forest Preserve Distrcit of DuPage County.

Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve (Darian, Illinois).

This is crushed limestone trail, a 9 mile loop with hills, fantastic unless it’s been raining a lot. We rollerski here Saturdays and Sundays (8:00 or 8:30 am start time).

It's located near the southwest corner of Interstate 55 and Cass Road.  Go south on Cass ½ mile to Northgate Road, turn right/west to parking lot.

Herrick Lake Forest Preserve (Wheaton, Illinois).

Over 10 miles of crushed limestone going East and West of the parking lot. Connects to Danada Forest Preserve on the east and Blackwell Forest Preserve to the west.

Entrance is near the Southwest corner of Butterfield Road and Herrick Road.  Take Herrick south for ½ mile enter forest preserve on your left/east.    

Springbrook Forest Preserve (Naperville Illinois).

Crushed limestone; easy terrain about 6 miles. 9

Location: S400 Plainfield-Naperville Road between 87th and 75th streets; east of Route 59.

Give these trails a try!