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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 06-16-2007, 09:26 AM Thread Starter
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What is your favorite mountain bike trail,
and what rider level you have to be to go there?


I heard Palo's Hills is nice but not for beginners.

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 06-16-2007, 09:37 AM
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Palos is my local favorite because it's awesome, it's not that difficult unless you want it to be.

Salt Creek Trail, near Lagrange and 22nd, is a trail I have hit up a lot. It's close to the city and tight singletrack, which is what I like. I really like this trail, it wused to have a bmx jump area but the tree cops flattened it.

Emma Carlin/ John Muir, my opinion best in the area even though it's a couple hours away. Extremely well maintained and one way traffic. It cost money to ride, you get what you pay for.

There are a lot of others, I bought a book at borders that lists basicly everyone in IL, MI, and IN.

Or check out MTBR dot com, it has trail reveiws from around the world, also bike reviews.

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My local favorite is waterfall glen right off I55 and Cass ave. It's a 9 mile trail for beginners with light elevation changes.
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I like Palos because of the different difficulty levels and it is large.

I like Kettle because it has 1-way trails and is a blast.

I like Knoch Knolls because it is close to my house and is quite techincal.

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Any and all trails are my favorite

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John Muir and Emma Carlin trails in the Southern Kettle Moraine are great. Only 30 minutes away from home! Between work and home for weeknight rides.
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Palos-close to home and fairly difficult
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I've not been doing single track for years (as my gut proves ) but I thought Palos was cut off from Mountain Bikers.

I have photos somewhere of me going down the toboggan run on my Stumpjumper before the bike was stolen. Man I miss that bike, and those single-track!

If it was steep, I was going down it!

Crap! All that was about 14 years ago!!

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The best trail loops I have ever riden are Kalamazoo, Mi. They are kick ass roller coasters type trails. Awesome up hills and down hills with some pretty technical stuff out there. I would say a lot is medium to semi difficult. The nice part is the Bells Brewary is 10 minutes from the trail head.

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I like the Palos Trails, I wouldn't say beginner, more like intermediate.
Dr.D, any specifics on the trails at 22nd and LaGrange? Difficulty or level?

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I like the Palos Trails, I wouldn't say beginner, more like intermediate.
Dr.D, any specifics on the trails at 22nd and LaGrange? Difficulty or level?
Salt Creek Trails, as I guess they are called, are pretty beginner. You can make it more difficult with speed of course and there are a few obstacles that you could tackle instead of taking the ride around. It's flat, but twisty...short, but you can do a loop to make it as long as you want.

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I have to get some maps of those trails

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I have to get some maps of those trails
buy this book...

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The best trail loops I have ever riden are Kalamazoo, Mi. They are kick ass roller coasters type trails. Awesome up hills and down hills with some pretty technical stuff out there. I would say a lot is medium to semi difficult. The nice part is the Bells Brewary is 10 minutes from the trail head.
All of that sand without a motor, eh? I have hit those trails up and they are pretty nice but would rather hit them with a dirtbike if allowed. All of the major local trails have mentioned for the most part. Jubilee State Park just outside of Peoria has some sick single track and man made elevated trails/obstacles that are right out of a West coast MTB rag. You just have to hook up with a local rider or do some exploring to find the good stuff. There is also a good mix of difficulty level there for the family or beginners.

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Tomorrow morning I will go to Deer Grove.
Hope they have some nice trails.
http://www.fpdcc.com/tier3.php?conte...8&file=map_68c

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I went to Bussy Woods and there is a sign saying -
bike trails will be closed between July 5 and August 3.

WTF - middle of summer they closing bike trail.
Typical for Chicagoland - 2 seasons - winter and construction.

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