St. Louis Canyon from Lodge
1.5 - 2 hr
About the Hike:
A historic, longer hike to St. Louis Canyon, which features one of Starved Rock’s tallest and most well-known waterfalls’. The hike to St. Louis Canyon with the frozen falls is one of the most beautiful winter hikes the park has to offer. This trail is commonly associated with the 1960 Starved Rock Murders.
Park in the large Lodge parking lot. Catch the bluff trail on the backside of the Lodge. Make sure that you cross the bridge above the road within the first few minutes of your hike. After crossing the bridge, stay left at the split in the trail and continue to hike along the bluff trail. Later in the hike, after going down several staircases, go left again at the second fork in the road. Continue along the trail to head towards the canyon.
Once arriving at the canyon there are a few staircases to descend down prior to entering. Since this is an in-and-out trail, staircases must be climbed on the return and a somewhat steep grade paved hill is on the trail.) Stairs and trail may be icy during winter.