IL Lake County Millennium Trail
Millenium Trail, Millennium Path
9 Mile crushed gravel multi-use trail from Lakewoods FP to Singing Hills FP in central Lake County. Connects with paved Millennium Path bike bath along Hawley Ave in Mundelein.
Terrain / Scenery: Prairie, subdivision, wooded rolling hills.
Fees / Permits: None
Trail Conditions: Crushed gravel, sandy and wet after a rainstorm.
Trail Markings: Well marked LCFPD mileposts, connector information, maps
Official Web Page: http://www.lcfpd.org/preserves/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.view&object_id=19345&type=P Map is available for download.
Getting There: Trailhead at Singing Hills Forest Preserve, at Gilmer and Fish Lake Roads. Access at Lakewood Forest Preserve Winter Recreation Area in Wauconda, Illinois off IL route 176.
Take IL Rt 137 west to Peterson Rd in Libertyville, right on 60 to Fish Lake Road or Gilmer Road, south to FP parking area.
This nice new trail is a 22 mile round trip.
Singing Hills, the northwest terminus is at the Mile 9 marker. There is parking here, and pit toilets, but no water.
The first two miles, south from Singing Hills winds through a prairie. There were quite a few meadowlarks here. The trail was bumpy from equestrian traffic.
Cross Gilmer Road at Liberty Lakes entrance. I was tired of the bumpiness, and used an alternate blacktop route through the subdivision. Apparently it had been a country lane, and was lined on each side with maples. The blacktop intersected again with the trail at Gossell Road and I continued south on the trail proper. The Orchard Hills Subdivision was built at site of Wauconda Orchards. There are apples for the picking along the trail north and south of mile 5 marker. Small, but tasty.
Continue through a stand of large oak trees to the Bonner Road crossing. Walk your bike across the road here. Traffic is not predictable and there is no red light.
South of Bonner Road is a pleasant ride through hayfields, to the west of Fairfield and north of 176. Cross 176 at the red light. Continue uphill, and when the trail splits, bear left. There is a newly completed tunnel under Fairfield Road.
At the LakeWoods FP Winter Recreation Area, there is parking, water and pit toilets. The rest of the Lakewoods Forest Preserve section is a winding path through a series of hills in an oak forest. There are pretty views of small lakes, and a one mile loop here. Some of the climbs are pretty tough where the trail is sandy, but the downhills are worth it. Careful, though, because you don't want to brake suddenly on this surface.
Millennium Trail ends at the FP boundary, and Millennium Path, a paved bike path (the western-most part of the North Shore Path) continues east to Mundelein. I took this approximately 2 miles, past the SteepleChase Golf Course to the Countryside Golf Course parking lot. In the past, I have parked my car here and used this as a starting point.
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