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French Canyon in Winter
French Canyon Panoramic View

One of the more difficult canyons to navigate in the winter at Starved Rock State Park is French Canyon. It's also one of the closest to the lodge. A narrow approach leads you into the canyon, with steep drop offs on one side - not a place to walk when there's ice. Once you get to the bottom, the short hike to the canyon head is also slick - ice covered rock - basically the path is the shallow stream.

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From inside French Canyon
Looking Up

While at the botton of the narrow canyon, you can't help but look toward the sky, and at the trees that hang over, preventing most of the sunlight from entering.

Certainly a canyon to explore in all seasons, but in winter, I think, it's the most dramatic.

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