Mtn. bike trails? - Chicagoland Sportbikes
Chicagoland Sportbikes
 
Health & Fitness Talk to fellow members about getting in shape, to diets, to supplements and what does and doesn't work.

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 05-15-2006, 06:34 PM Thread Starter
Failed rehab
 
Rob, Esq.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Indy
Posts: 14,908
Location: Indy
Sportbike: Striple
Years Riding: Dunno, awhile?
How you found us: DML
           
Send a message via AIM to Rob, Esq. Send a message via MSN to Rob, Esq.
Mtn. bike trails?

After not riding a bicycle in nearly 6 years, i bought a bike today, picking it up Thur. I knew of a few decent trails west of Palos and Hickory hills back then. where are the good spots now? Are there any near Naperville/Lisle?

Attorney-at-Law: Doing my part to contribute to the downfall of western society.
Rob, Esq. is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old 05-15-2006, 06:58 PM
Party on, dudes!
 
youngkow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Chicago
Posts: 418
Location: Chicago
Sportbike: Bianchimatic
Years Riding: not long enuff
How you found us: Friend
           
Send a message via AIM to youngkow
I don't think there is any near the Naperville/Lisle area except for the Prarie Path. That's a gravel/paved path, but if you're looking for actual mountain biking trails, look here : www.cambr.org

youngkow is offline  
post #3 of 25 (permalink) Old 05-16-2006, 08:28 AM Thread Starter
Failed rehab
 
Rob, Esq.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Indy
Posts: 14,908
Location: Indy
Sportbike: Striple
Years Riding: Dunno, awhile?
How you found us: DML
           
Send a message via AIM to Rob, Esq. Send a message via MSN to Rob, Esq.
Great link, tons of info. Thanks!

Attorney-at-Law: Doing my part to contribute to the downfall of western society.
Rob, Esq. is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 25 (permalink) Old 05-16-2006, 08:35 AM
Super Moderator

 
Vcook's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Winfield
Posts: 43,229
Location: Winfield
Sportbike: bikeless
Years Riding: 10
How you found us: Shit, you know I'm a clsb OG!
           
Send a message via AIM to Vcook
Quote:
Originally Posted by youngkow
I don't think there is any near the Naperville/Lisle area except for the Prarie Path. That's a gravel/paved path, but if you're looking for actual mountain biking trails, look here : www.cambr.org
what about argonn?

Chris
Vcook is offline  
post #5 of 25 (permalink) Old 05-16-2006, 08:38 AM Thread Starter
Failed rehab
 
Rob, Esq.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Indy
Posts: 14,908
Location: Indy
Sportbike: Striple
Years Riding: Dunno, awhile?
How you found us: DML
           
Send a message via AIM to Rob, Esq. Send a message via MSN to Rob, Esq.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Vcook
what about argonn?
Can't believe i didn't even think about Argonne/Waterfall Glen! I rode there all the time in high school. Its only 10 min. away.

Attorney-at-Law: Doing my part to contribute to the downfall of western society.
Rob, Esq. is offline  
post #6 of 25 (permalink) Old 05-16-2006, 08:38 AM
-= OuterSpace =-
 
OldSkoolMC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Homer Glen, MaDaFaKa!
Posts: 3,513
Location: Homer Glen, MaDaFaKa!
Sportbike: Yamaha YZ450
Years Riding: too many to keep track
How you found us: Shizzle
           
BullFrog lake is all you need to know... also known as Palos.

From the Maple lake over look on 95th go west to first entrance make a left turn... then turn right into BullFrog lake entrance.

04 Yamaha YZ450F - Off-Road it, mang
06 Kawasaki BruteForce 750i
09 Yamaha Raptor 700r

- Mike - OldSkool - MC -
OldSkoolMC is offline  
post #7 of 25 (permalink) Old 05-16-2006, 08:43 AM
Special Agent Lance Boyle
 
Sticky's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: planet earth
Posts: 6,707
Location: planet earth
Sportbike: 2010 KX250F
Years Riding: 26
How you found us: Sportbike Network
           
Send a message via AIM to Sticky
Here's a review of Argonne(Waterfall Glen)


"The Waterfall Glen Preserve surrounds Argonne National Laboratory, making it a unique, dougnut-shaped park. The main trail at Waterfall is essentially an eight-to-ten foot wide crushed limestone path through the center of this greenway. Numerous corridors and trails intersect the main trail, though all singletrack is closed to cycling and frequently patrolled.

A combination of man-made and natural glacial features give Waterfall Glen a little more dynamic topography that most family-friendly paths. Notable sections offer climbs, a long, downhill "S" curve and rolling terrain. The preserve is an excellent venue for novice mountain bikers looking to build confidence and leg muscles. Plus, the trail is a good choice when dirt trail conditions aren't cooperating.

The main trail meanders near several points of interest, including an abandoned plant nursery, a model airplane flying field, and some man-made waterfalls that were bulit by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930's. Contrary to popular belief, the preserve was not named after the waterfalls within, but after one of the district's early presidents, Seymore "Bud" Waterfall.

Waterfall Glen is well-used but rarely seems crowded. Expect to encounter a smattering of hikers, joggers and picnickers throughout. While equestrian use is allowed at the preserve, the lack of an adjacent stable keeps horse use to a minimum. In the winter, Waterfall Glen is a popular cross country skiing venue."


It's too bad about the singletrack, that was good riding back in the day.

here's a map too
http://www.bicyclesetc-il.com/cambr/.../waterfall.pdf

<--------Sticky Nicky
Sticky is offline  
post #8 of 25 (permalink) Old 05-16-2006, 08:44 AM
Registered User
 
Slowass's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Rockford, IL
Posts: 2,872
Location: Rockford, IL
Sportbike: 2006 R6 Raven
Years Riding: 7 years
How you found us: ChicagoIlivewithmymomriders.com
           
Quote:
Originally Posted by OldSkoolMC
BullFrog lake is all you need to know... also known as Palos.

From the Maple lake over look on 95th go west to first entrance make a left turn... then turn right into BullFrog lake entrance.
Trails = Palos (above) offroad dirt singletrack (FUN!)

Path = Argonne/Prairie path (boring)

Glad you got a bike. Keep posted on the Health/Fitness forum for our offroad trail riding. We go to Palos a lot, will be heading to Kettle Moraine (southern Wisconsin) and our next one will be to Kalamazoo Michigan for my favorite set of singletrack. WOO WOO!

_____________________________________________
The CLSB Bitch Wrecking Crew

Book of my Fuh-Zayce

Gotta DANCE!
Slowass is offline  
post #9 of 25 (permalink) Old 05-16-2006, 08:47 AM
Special Agent Lance Boyle
 
Sticky's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: planet earth
Posts: 6,707
Location: planet earth
Sportbike: 2010 KX250F
Years Riding: 26
How you found us: Sportbike Network
           
Send a message via AIM to Sticky
When is the trip to Kettle?

<--------Sticky Nicky
Sticky is offline  
post #10 of 25 (permalink) Old 05-16-2006, 08:50 AM
Special Agent Lance Boyle
 
Sticky's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: planet earth
Posts: 6,707
Location: planet earth
Sportbike: 2010 KX250F
Years Riding: 26
How you found us: Sportbike Network
           
Send a message via AIM to Sticky
Quote:
Originally Posted by c5367
After not riding a bicycle in nearly 6 years, i bought a bike today, picking it up Thur. I knew of a few decent trails west of Palos and Hickory hills back then. where are the good spots now? Are there any near Naperville/Lisle?
I saw that Knoch Knolls was listed as having trails

<--------Sticky Nicky
Sticky is offline  
post #11 of 25 (permalink) Old 05-16-2006, 08:52 AM
Registered User
 
Slowass's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Rockford, IL
Posts: 2,872
Location: Rockford, IL
Sportbike: 2006 R6 Raven
Years Riding: 7 years
How you found us: ChicagoIlivewithmymomriders.com
           
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sticky
When is the trip to Kettle?
When can you go?

_____________________________________________
The CLSB Bitch Wrecking Crew

Book of my Fuh-Zayce

Gotta DANCE!
Slowass is offline  
post #12 of 25 (permalink) Old 05-16-2006, 08:53 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: s-west
Posts: 583
Location: s-west
Sportbike: '04 yz250f
Years Riding: enough to know better
How you found us: search engine
           
I ride Palos a lot and am sort of bored with it, going to MI or WI sounds like fun, maybe I could join you.
VoytekNT is offline  
post #13 of 25 (permalink) Old 05-16-2006, 08:57 AM
Moderator

 
Underdog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Not Chicago Anymore
Posts: 9,249
Location: Not Chicago Anymore
Sportbike: 08 YZ250F, 03 Tuono
Years Riding: Eh?
How you found us: .
           
One of my favorites - especially when the water's up!

---------------


Palatine, IL (about 50 min. NW of Chicago)






Rolling hills and technical trails make Deer Grove a great place to hone those riding skills and not worry about getting too lost. While the preserve isn't as large as Palos, there's a decent mix of terrain that gives you about 10 miles of big ring workout. From Camp Reinberg, you can cross Quentin and follow the bike trail to the right for a counter-clockwise lap around the west half of the preserve. There's some paved trail here, but plenty of singletrack to keep your senses sharp. Then you can do the lap on the east side, which is a mix of twisty singletrack and paved trail.

If you park near the toboggan slides, you will see an abandoned road to the right of the parking area. Ride down this to get at the outer bike loop.

Keep in mind that this is a well-used preserve in a densely populated area. There are often many other trail users (hikers, horses, etc.), so please always ride courteously and abide by the rules of the trail.

<---- Patrick

Property of Evil Monkey Racing

Just because I don't care doesn't mean I don't understand.


Underdog is offline  
post #14 of 25 (permalink) Old 05-16-2006, 09:46 AM
habitual line stepper
 
Jack's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 3,235
Location: Wisconsin
Sportbike: F4,Brutale,Warrior,DRZ
Years Riding: X
How you found us: .
           
Send a message via AIM to Jack
Do you guys need an I-Pass to ride your trails there in Illinois?

I'm too fat to ride, but I can remember a few trips to Kettle.
Jack is offline  
post #15 of 25 (permalink) Old 05-16-2006, 12:06 PM Thread Starter
Failed rehab
 
Rob, Esq.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Indy
Posts: 14,908
Location: Indy
Sportbike: Striple
Years Riding: Dunno, awhile?
How you found us: DML
           
Send a message via AIM to Rob, Esq. Send a message via MSN to Rob, Esq.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Slowass
Trails = Palos (above) offroad dirt singletrack (FUN!)

Path = Argonne/Prairie path (boring)

Glad you got a bike. Keep posted on the Health/Fitness forum for our offroad trail riding. We go to Palos a lot, will be heading to Kettle Moraine (southern Wisconsin) and our next one will be to Kalamazoo Michigan for my favorite set of singletrack. WOO WOO!
sounds like a good time! I remember Palos being a lot of fun, but its been a lllooooonnggg time since then.

Attorney-at-Law: Doing my part to contribute to the downfall of western society.
Rob, Esq. is offline  
post #16 of 25 (permalink) Old 05-16-2006, 12:48 PM
Special Agent Lance Boyle
 
Sticky's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: planet earth
Posts: 6,707
Location: planet earth
Sportbike: 2010 KX250F
Years Riding: 26
How you found us: Sportbike Network
           
Send a message via AIM to Sticky
Quote:
Originally Posted by Slowass
When can you go?

VCook and I were talking about taking a Friday off to go sometime; I'd rather do that than try to pack it in on a Saturday(parenthood reeks havoc on leisure time).

<--------Sticky Nicky
Sticky is offline  
post #17 of 25 (permalink) Old 05-16-2006, 01:53 PM
Moderator
 
Chills's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Naperville, IL
Posts: 23,640
Location: Naperville, IL
Sportbike: Kawi ZX-10R
Years Riding: Since February 2012
How you found us: NESBA bbs
           
Send a message via Yahoo to Chills
You guys had better get a ride in in the next month to get the bugs out because when I get back from AK I'm going to want to hit the trails OFTEN and I'm dragging you all with me.

Never a bad time to climb... unless the weather is really horrible, and then you climb inside!

I bleed GREEN
Chills is offline  
post #18 of 25 (permalink) Old 05-16-2006, 01:58 PM
Registered User
 
Slowass's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Rockford, IL
Posts: 2,872
Location: Rockford, IL
Sportbike: 2006 R6 Raven
Years Riding: 7 years
How you found us: ChicagoIlivewithmymomriders.com
           
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sticky
VCook and I were talking about taking a Friday off to go sometime; I'd rather do that than try to pack it in on a Saturday(parenthood reeks havoc on leisure time).
That sounds like a good idea.

I'll give you some dates and we can confer cuz I'll probably camp up there that Thursday night then...

_____________________________________________
The CLSB Bitch Wrecking Crew

Book of my Fuh-Zayce

Gotta DANCE!
Slowass is offline  
post #19 of 25 (permalink) Old 05-16-2006, 01:59 PM
Registered User
 
Slowass's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Rockford, IL
Posts: 2,872
Location: Rockford, IL
Sportbike: 2006 R6 Raven
Years Riding: 7 years
How you found us: ChicagoIlivewithmymomriders.com
           
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chills
You guys had better get a ride in in the next month to get the bugs out because when I get back from AK I'm going to want to hit the trails OFTEN and I'm dragging you all with me.
I can't WAIT! We're gonna be expert dirt huckers.

When do you return again?

_____________________________________________
The CLSB Bitch Wrecking Crew

Book of my Fuh-Zayce

Gotta DANCE!
Slowass is offline  
post #20 of 25 (permalink) Old 05-16-2006, 02:55 PM
Moderator
 
Chills's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Naperville, IL
Posts: 23,640
Location: Naperville, IL
Sportbike: Kawi ZX-10R
Years Riding: Since February 2012
How you found us: NESBA bbs
           
Send a message via Yahoo to Chills
Quote:
Originally Posted by Slowass
I can't WAIT! We're gonna be expert dirt huckers.

When do you return again?
I'll be back on June 20th. Don't do too much riding without me.

Never a bad time to climb... unless the weather is really horrible, and then you climb inside!

I bleed GREEN
Chills is offline  
post #21 of 25 (permalink) Old 05-16-2006, 03:07 PM
Registered User
 
Slowass's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Rockford, IL
Posts: 2,872
Location: Rockford, IL
Sportbike: 2006 R6 Raven
Years Riding: 7 years
How you found us: ChicagoIlivewithmymomriders.com
           
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chills
I'll be back on June 20th. Don't do too much riding without me.
Calendar marked.

My avatar will be the pic of you on at Palos (the FAST pic ) and I'll have a countdown much like your Mt. McKinley one...

_____________________________________________
The CLSB Bitch Wrecking Crew

Book of my Fuh-Zayce

Gotta DANCE!
Slowass is offline  
post #22 of 25 (permalink) Old 05-16-2006, 04:32 PM
Bop your way home...
 
Dr. D's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: on the move in Texas
Posts: 5,622
Location: on the move in Texas
Sportbike: Hypermotard
Years Riding: since 99'
How you found us: Googled "bullshit artists"
           
A list of reviews of IL trails...

http://trails.mtbr.com/cat/united-st...S_4545crx.aspx

Wisconsin...

http://trails.mtbr.com/cat/united-st...S_4588crx.aspx

-Alan-
Balancing the Paradox
of Art and Profit
Dr. D is offline  
post #23 of 25 (permalink) Old 05-16-2006, 06:01 PM
Moderator
 
Chills's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Naperville, IL
Posts: 23,640
Location: Naperville, IL
Sportbike: Kawi ZX-10R
Years Riding: Since February 2012
How you found us: NESBA bbs
           
Send a message via Yahoo to Chills
Quote:
Originally Posted by Slowass
Calendar marked.

My avatar will be the pic of you on at Palos (the FAST pic ) and I'll have a countdown much like your Mt. McKinley one...

Gracias, amiga. I look pretty fast in that pic.

Never a bad time to climb... unless the weather is really horrible, and then you climb inside!

I bleed GREEN
Chills is offline  
post #24 of 25 (permalink) Old 05-16-2006, 06:17 PM
Registered User
 
Grasshopper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: PF
Posts: 12,490
Location: PF
Sportbike: Slow
Years Riding: all of them
How you found us: a real person
           
Kalamazoo Kicks major ass for single track mountain bike trails to.

"I pity the poor people who don't ride motorcycles"
-Malcolm Smith, champion motorcycle racer

Nick
STT Staff
Midwest Division
www.sportbiketracktime.com
Grasshopper is offline  
post #25 of 25 (permalink) Old 05-16-2006, 07:17 PM
Moderator
 
Chills's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Naperville, IL
Posts: 23,640
Location: Naperville, IL
Sportbike: Kawi ZX-10R
Years Riding: Since February 2012
How you found us: NESBA bbs
           
Send a message via Yahoo to Chills
Quote:
Originally Posted by Grasshopper
Kalamazoo Kicks major ass for single track mountain bike trails to.

That's where I want to go when I get back.

Never a bad time to climb... unless the weather is really horrible, and then you climb inside!

I bleed GREEN
Chills is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Chicagoland Sportbikes forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome