Apple River Canyon Hike Route Map

Apple River Canyon, IL

Located up near the Wisconsin border in beautiful Jo Daviess County, Apple River Canyon had all the credentials to be a truly spectacular place. Unfortunately, since this hike followed two truly spectacular trips to Matthiesson and Maquoketa Caves, I was effectively setting myself up to be disappointed. The first three-quarters of the hike were pretty uneventful; just another walk in the woods. I managed to find a few interesting things to do towards the end, however...

Trailhead GPS Coordinates:  42.447583, -90.052116

Route Type:  Double Loop

Difficulty:  HARD (as shown); MODERATE (if you stick to the trails)

Mileage Hiked: 3.5 miles

Trailhead Temp: 72'F

Min. Elevation: 780'

Max Elevation: 940' 

Trails Used:  Pine Ridge, River Route, Tower Rock

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