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Trail 4

Trail 4 covers 1.5 miles from the trailhead at the Rally Campground parking lot to its end at the junction of Trail 5.  Hikers may then return by the same route or continue on a portion of Trail 5 which leads back to the opposite side of the parking lot (an additional 3/8 mile).

The trail first follows a gently sloping ridge for about a half mile to where it overlooks Ogle Lake.  Then it quickly descends to the lake, joining Trail 7 and continuing around the back of the lake.  There the trail splits, with Trail 4 branching east toward the Ogle Hollow Nature Preserve where it ends at the junction with Trail 5.

For an easier hike that is especially nice in the fall, try just the ridge top portion of the trail.  Small children should be able to manage this section of the trail without difficulty.

Begins:  At the end of Ogle Ridge/Rally Campground parking area
Distance:  1.52 miles
Difficulty:  Moderate
Time:  30 minutes (one way)
Elevation Gain:  98 ft.
Look for:  evidence of squirrel activity (nut hulls on tree stumps and logs) and beaver activity (dams, tree harvesting), wood duck nests in hollow tree trunks.

Grade - Average 6% 34% of trail is greater than 5%

Trail Width - Minimum 28”, average 53”


Cross Slope - Average 4.4%, 47% of trail is greater than 3%

Surface Type - Soil, firm
Rocks throughout the trail range in height from 1 to 4 inches
Roots throughout the trail range in height from 1 to 7 inches.
 Boardwalks & bridges at 0.75, 0.79, 0.87, 1.14, 1.19 and 1.32 miles