GAU-NASH-KE (The Blue Trail)
Length: 17.3 - 20.3 - 26miles
Approx hiking time: 6-9 hours, 1 or 2 days
- Park in Camp Kiwanis.
- In front of the building, head 90o to trail.
- Follow horse trails under Rt. 45 to trail just before Keen Avenue.
- Heading 180o.
- To Crooked Creek Woods (trees marked edge of clearing) head 221o.
- Follow trail 185o south and west.
- Cross 107th, head east to church, 107th & Keen 140o to stand of willows (#50).
- Trail is west of Kean Avenue, 220o
- Pick up trail to 111th St., west to LaGrange Rd., cross bridge then head 90o till directly across from 86th Ave.
- South to first foot tral into Paddock Woods keeping to trails south and west to Palos Park Woods, then cross Kean Avenue into McCalughry Springs Woods.
- Cross bridge, head 215o upside of Dust Dune Spring, keep in a south westerly direction.
- Across to Forty Acre Woods.
- Cross Rt. 45.
- Head west, cross any trails, keep in mind westerly heading. (Fine area to have a compass course)Cross 104th Ave and pick up horse trail.
- This whole area for next mile or so was farmland reclaimed for reforesting.
- Notice small Hawthorns, first trees to reforest itself.
- Meadows, trees in line for wind breaks, foundations, etc. are examples of previous settlements or farms.
- At 'Y' in trail marked on the map, there are approx. 80 paces to footpath on the left which is trail.
- Farther on if you miss this trail, about 200ft., there is an old foundation and gardens.
- CAREFULLY follow footpath, keep in mind easterly direction to top of esker.
- Follow to eastern edge which drops off. Left trail is shortest, but all lead to same place.
- Head north to Rt. 83, cross and climb embankment to trail along Cal-Sag.
- To Cal-Sag Bridge, use cable bridge over high water in channel, come up west side of bridge and cross to east on north side and trail, follow markers on Dynamite Road to 'A' site.
- Blacktop to dirt trail.
- Trail along north side of Tomahawk Slough, Pulaski Wood South Grove into rear of second lot.
- Find foot trail into Little Red Schoolhouse, then to Kiwanis.
- Water is no problem as you hike through or near several picinic areas with pumps. The water may have strong iron taste though.
- Trail is open at 8:00 A.M., any day and requires a good 5 hours to hike depending on the ability of the hikers in your group
- Churches of all Faiths may be found in all towns in the area.
- For campsites at camp Kiwanis only, write:
Chicago Area Council
Chicago, Ill. 60606
- Trail is opened to all organized Youth Groups under proper adult leadership of 21 years or older
- Scouting Units must hike in full uniform, except in hot weather when Scout or Camp T-shirt may be worn
- The entire trail must be hiked in one day
- Only those groups who are registered with the trail committee are eligible for the trail award.
- All reservations must be made at lest two weeks before your hiking date.
- No axe or sheath knives are allowed on the trail.
- No defacing of any property. If any is done the entire Unit will lose its awards
- All lunches must be eaten in the regular picnic areas. And PLEASE police the area when finished
- Boy Scout Units must have local or national tour permits
Registration should be done at least two weeks before your hike date. Applications will be approved and returned to you.
All groups who are properly registered are eligible for the trail awards. Enclose check for trail awards you desire. For repeat hikers a white feather will be attached around the edge of the patches.