Grateful for Glaciers (and GPS):
Cap Sauers Holding Nature Preserve

For our final Trail Tracing of 2018, we headed back to the Palos Hills area for a visit to the Cap Sauers Holding Nature Preserve. We’ve visited this area quite a few times, and we can’t recommend it enough. Just check out this map, and you’ll see that there are many different woods, nature preserves, and water-related areas to explore. And, if you’re looking for quiet, Cap Sauers, since it’s one of the larger nature areas in Cook County (1,500 acres), is the perfect place.

Since there aren’t any parking lots directly connected to Cap Sauers Holding, we parked in the Teason’s Woods lot. Access to the Cap Sauers “yellow” Sag Valley trail is right across 104th Street. Our primary reason for visiting Cap Sauers was to hike on the Esker Trail. Just in case you didn’t know, an esker is a ridge that was formed by a river that once ran in or on a glacier. There are two access points for the Esker Trail along the yellow Sag Valley trail. The first is fairly close to the beginning of the trail off of 104th Street, and the second, which we took, is approximately 1.5 miles from the start of the yellow trail at 104th Street.

The views from the Esker Trail are amazing, but please keep in mind that there is no signage along the Esker Trail letting you know where you are, how much further until the end of the trail, etc. As it turned out, we reached a point on the trail where a pile of trees and other brush was blocking the path, so that was where we called on GPS to help. So much for its help (haha) as we ended up on what we later found out is the Sag Valley blue trail which exits onto Calumet Sag Road. Rather than walk along the road, we crossed it and returned to 104th Street and Teason’s Woods via a path that sits over an underground oil pipeline. If we had traveled a bit further north, we could have returned via the Cal-Sag Trail. Sometimes, however, “mistakes” lead to the nicest surprises. Returning the way we did provided an opportunity to “ford” a lovely stream which you’ll see at the end of the video.

And, here are some pictures from our visit to the Cap Sauers Holding Nature Preserve.

Cap Sauers Yellow Trail
Cap Sauers Icy Grass
Cap Sauers Tree Shadows
Cap Sauers Frozen Leaves

We will definitely be returning to Cap Sauers again, and we can’t wait to see and share how different the Esker Trail looks when it’s green. What’s on your hiking list for 2019? Let us know.

find a trail ~ find your path™

~Trail Tracing

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