This past weekend I drove over to Waterfall Glen (one of the Du Page Forest Preserves) for my long slow distance run. It's approximately a 10 mile loop, with some side spurs to keep things interesting if needed. The trail is a wide groomed trail, which was being used mostly by cross country skiers that day. I saw at least half a dozen skiers versus two other runners.
There is quite a bit of variety to the scenery, ranging from darker, heavier wooded areas to sections of open prairie.
The footing was a combination of fresh snow, packed snow, and some ice. I wore the Brooks Cascadia 5's, which provided ample grip for the most part. I recently received a set of Icespikes to review - today's run seemed like it would have been an optimal time. Reviews coming up this week include the GoLite hydration waistpack I've been testing for several weeks, as well as one for Bonkbreaker Bars.
Running along the winding trails made me feel connected to nature, which this area typically does not. Located just off of a major Interstate and bounded by larger roads, Waterfall Glen can be quite noisy from man made air pollutants, including cars. none however, are as irritating as the high-pitched drone of a model airplane. For the first time, there was an enthusiast flying his toy at the field designated for them. While I will admit there is something interesting about flight and control of a flying object, it seems completely out of place in this location, though I'm not sure where else they could go.
Waterfall Glen is extremely easy to get to, the trails are easy to follow even in the snow, and allows for multiple types of activities. Not just a preserve for clement weather, this site deserves a visit at any time of year.