Great Western Trail

DuPage County, Illinois

Distance11.3mi
Elevation Gain424ft
Trailhead Elevation733ft
Top794ft
Elevation Min/Max676/794ft
Elevation Start/End733/733ft

Great Western Trail

Great Western Trail is a hiking and biking trail in DuPage County, Illinois. It is 11.3 miles long and begins at 733 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 22.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 424 feet. Near the trailhead there are a wetland and parking. The Frank M. Gatz, Sr. Memorial Pond water can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: West Branch Dupage River Trail, Illinois Prarie Path Elgin Branch and Steve Ravanesi Trail.

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"As the Great Western Trail makes a straight shot west from Villa Park, it cuts through residential areas and brushes against community parks and forest preserves. On the second half of the route, woods, prairie, and wetlands become more abundant as houses and trail users grow sparse. Consider short side trips to Churchill Woods Forest Preserve at the halfway point and Kline Creek Farm near the end of the trail." Read more
"As the Great Western Trail makes a straight shot west from Villa Park, it cuts through residential areas and brushes against community parks and forest preserves. Expect to see woods, prairie, and wetlands, particularly on the second half of the route where houses and trail users grow sparse. Consider short side trips to Churchill Woods Forest Preserve at the halfway point and Kline Creek Farm near the end of the trail." Read more

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Trail Information

DuPage County
Nearby City
Kid-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Accessibility
Crushed gravel
Surface
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
Birding
Additional Use
USGS Elmhurst, Lombard, and West Chicago DeLorme: Illinois Atlas and Gazetteer: Page 28
Local Maps

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Dec 2018