Cross-Country Ski Conditions
Ratings: Good, Fair and Poor
Rush Creek: Poor
Marengo Ridge: Poor
Pleasant Valley: Poor
Hickory Grove Highlands: Poor
Lyons Prairie and Marsh: Poor
Prairieview Education Center: Poor
The Hollows: Poor
Last updated 3/10/2014. Note: conditions may change quickly depending on the weather. For more information contact Brookdale Administrative Office at
(815) 338-6223, ext. 1200.
Cross-Country Ski Trail Locations
Once there is 4 inches of snow, outdoor enthusiasts can glide over 40 miles of cross-country ski trails at 17 different sites throughout the county:
Coral Woods, Marengo
Exner Marsh, Lake in the Hills
Fel-Pro RRR, Cary
Fox Bluff, Cary
* Glacial Park, Ringwood
Harrison Benwell, Wonder Lake
* Hickory Grove Highlands, Cary
* The Hollows, Cary
Lake in the Hills Fen, Lake in the Hills
* Marengo Ridge, Marengo Ridge
* Pleasant Valley, Woodstock
Prairie Trail North (Barnard Mill Rd. to Rte. 176)
Prairie Trail South (McHenry to Kane County)
* Prairieview Education Center, Crystal Lake
* Rush Creek, Harvard
Silver Creek, Cary (packed Skate Ski Trail added 2014)
Stickney Run, McHenry
* These trails are packed and tracked when there is 4 inches of snow or more.
With the sun going down so early, there's no time to play! Fear not, now you can get out on the trails everyday after dark. The District has two sites open late for hiking or cross country skiing when the conditions are right.
(Trail etiquette: When there is snow, hikers are asked to walk on the outside of the ski tracks.)
Pleasant Valley (*closed Nov.22–24, Dec. 5–8) 13315 Pleasant Valley Rd., Woodstock. This half-mile looped trail located on the east side of the entrance drive is fairly flat terrain, perfect for beginners or shorter outings. Park in the first parking area and sign in.
Hickory Grove Highlands 500 Hickory Nut Grove Lane, Cary. The 1 mile looped trail travels through a newly restored savanna, offering a longer scenic route suitable for intermediate skiers. Visitors should sign in at the trail head.
Skate Ski Trail at Silver
When you have a snowy winter, people are looking for more ways to get out and enjoy! In response to a number of inquiries from the public, The Conservation District has added a Skate Ski Trail at Silver Creek Conservation Area, 1200 Block of Rawson Bridge Road, Cary.
A skate ski trail differs from a traditional cross country ski trail by being packed, but not tracked. The trail at Silver Creek is a 1 ½ mile, relatively flat, trail loop.
Candlelight Skis may be offered during the winter season, one in January and one in February after a snowfall of 4" or greater.
Sign up for e-mail notification at MCCD@MCCDistrict.org.
Check the front page of the website for updates or
call (815) 338-6223, ext. 1200.
Cross-Country Ski Rentals - Try these local businesses ~
- Outdoor Recreation – Woodstock – 815-338-6088
- Crystal Lake Ski and Bike – Crystal Lake – 815-455-5450
- Alpine Accessories - Lake in the Hiils - 847-854-4754