Hike Difficulty: easy
Hike Length: 1.5 mi
Elevation Gain: 466 ft
Time: 31 mins
My original plan was to go all the way to the end of Illinois River Rd where the trailhead for a 10-20 mile loop starts, but my car is a low-slung passenger vehicle that can’t make it up the rough roads. I can actually get pretty far but there comes a point when I get scared I’m going to punch a hole in my oil pan or something. So, I turned around and went with a few of the shorter trails along the Illinois River that I had passed by.
The first one was Deep Gorge trail, which sounds like there’s a deep gorge to be found. In actuality, I think it’s named after a chromium mine that the trail travels near. In any case, there was a pretty view of Dailey Creek cascading down the rocks.
I went down the road and started the Kerby Flat trail also, but seeing as I just recently got a new tattoo and it was bugging me, I didn’t do the whole 5 miles. I’ll return to the area soon, considering it’s a new area for me and all the other hikes are snowed in.