SHESHIKMAOS (The RED Trail)
Length: 17.3 miles
Approx hiking time: 6-7 hours
- Start at #39, Little Red Schoolhouse parking lot.
- Head 260o to 'Y'.
- Head 300o cross blacktop to west end of Wolf Road Woods parking lot.
- 270o trail, (pass cross trail), till blacktop around original atomic site.
- Right side through gate, 180o to bridal path.
- 220o to #3.
- Visit Saint James Church and Cemetery.
- Notice dates and stones *Please stay on paths and respect grave sites.
- Points of interest are: #23, #24, #25, #26, #27, #28, and #74 at this area.
- Next cross Archer, go under bridge to north side of old Illinois and Mississippi Canal #19 to service road over I&M through Henry Detony Woods.
- Recross Archer into eastern edge of Red Gate Woods.
- Find 3rd footpath at far southeast corner of picnic area.
- Rejoin bridle path then head 20o.
- Stay on main trail till Wolf Road & 95th St.
- Find trail north side of 95th, east of dam overflow, then to Archer.
- Stay on this side of road.
- Pass cemetery to rear of parking lot.
- Trail across creek 60o to crest of Esker #36.
- Bridle path across Willow Springs Road into parking lot.
- 1o to Esker Trail around to Old Country Lane, #37.
- Cross and follow bridle path, across 95th St.
- Follow bridle path past #45.
- The Blue Trail Path follows into Camp Kiwanis, #41 & #42.
- Water is no problem as you hike through or near several picnic 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.