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Illinois - Matthiessen State Park

This Hike is led by GWH Ambassador Mary Bonsall!
The first 10 members to arrive will receive special Girls Who Hike giveaways!

Trail Rating: This is a green hike
Matthiessen State Park. We will meet at the fort at the top of the main entrance at 8am and do a loop on the top trail (a little less than 2 miles) and then we can go down into the canyon to explore and chase waterfalls! 
Date: July 21st
Time: 8:00 AM
Distance: 2+ Miles
Location: Matthiessen State Park - main parking lot
Dogs: Yes
Permits / Passes: none needed
AllTrails Track:
Kids Yes but let me know ahead of time so I can gauge our speed. 
Men: No for more info

***As with all GWH events, you must sign the GWH waiver before attending – it takes less than a minute to sign, and once you’ve signed it once you’re good to go for all future meetups***

To complete this hike, I highly recommend bringing snacks, at least 2 L of water, and your 10 essentials. I will be bringing a little lunch to enjoy before driving back toward the city, you are all welcome to enjoy a picnic with me. If you are bringing kids or dogs please bring enough snacks/water for them as well. Dogs must be leashed and friendly with other dogs/kids. 

This is a fairly easy and super fun hike! It is mostly shaded so it should not be too hot! Please be advised that it can get rather muddy if there has been recent rain so wear appropriate boots (I have seen people in rain boots previously though only advised if it has good tread so you dont slip) 

This hike is open to hikers of all skill levels. We’ll be hiking as a group, and nobody will be left behind or forgotten. please be sure to ask any questions you may have in advanced! 

Any updates will be posted on the event thread via the pinned post, and I'll update the event description if anything changes!