Off-Leash Overnighter: Lemont Loop
July 12-14, 2019
Hickory Creek Preserve to Lemont Quarries
Off-Leash Overnighter: Lemont Loop is a bite-sized, minimally supported bikepacking adventure. It gives you and your family a chance to sneak away by bike for a beautiful night of camping under the stars in Lemont, Illinois and return Sunday morning before your busy life even knows you were gone.
Where, When, How Far
Off-Leash Overnighter: Lemont Loop begins with an optional campout Friday night at Hickory Creek Preserve near Frankfort, Illinois (get location). Join us by bike, or there's plenty of parking to leave your car there for the weekend. Dinner & breakfast this first night is up to you; visit one of the nearby restaurants, or bring your own food for campfire cooking.
The ride leaves Saturday morning 10:15am for a liesurely, minimally supported 25-mile roll almost entirely on the Old Plank Road Trail, I&M Canal Trail, and Centennial Trail to Lemont, Illinois for a night of camping at the Lemont Heritage Quarries Recreation Area (just a mile from downtown Lemont's nightlife). You'll have a ton of time to explore, dilly-dally, eat and drink along the way. In the evening, we'll provide dinner.
We'll provide breakfast Sunday morning before rolling back to Hickory Creek Preserve along the Cal-Sag Trail, Tinley Creek Trail, and Old Plank Road Trail (37 miles back), having slipped some adventure into our back pocket to get us through the week a little more relaxed, and looking forward to the next Off-Leash Overnighter. Kids welcome!
Friday, July 12 (Optional)
6pm - 8pm Pitch your tent at Hickory Creek Preserve. Dinner on your own.
Saturday, July 13
9am - 10am Check In. (Breakfast on your own for Friday overnighters)
10am Pre-ride Meeting (mandatory)
10:15 - 6pm Ride to Lemont Heritage Quarries Recreation Area. Paper and electronic maps (RidewithGPS app, GPX files) provided. Explore! Stop and do things! Have fun! Lunch/drinks/snacks along the way on your own.
6pm - 7:30pm Dinner (on us!) at our campsite. S'mores, campfire socializing afterward...and probably a sortie into town.
Sunday, July 14
6:30am - 8am Breakfast on us!
8:30am - 1:30pm Ride back to Hickory Creek Preserve
What you bring:
You bring: Your bike loaded with the camping gear and supplies (tent or hammock, sleeping bag, snacks/food/liquids, bug spray, sunscreen, extra clothes, guitar, ghost stories, etc...) you need to enjoy spending 1-2 nights outside. (See our How-To page)
Bike campers 12 - 112 years old - $75 until 4/1/19; then $85
Bike campers 0 to 11 years old - Free
Registration limit: 50 bike campers