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      Region Details
      • 7,775
      • 59
      • 703
      • 85
      • 20
      • 1

      Local Trail Association

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails (view details)
      10,758
      Trails Mountain Bike
      8,693
      Trails E-Bike
      6,376
      Trails Horse
      1,091
      Trails Hike
      10,723
      Trails Trail Running
      9,829
      Trails Observed Trials
      2
      Trails Snowmobile
      62
      Trails Snowshoe
      1,306
      Trails Downhill Ski
      1
      Trails Backcountry Ski
      6
      Trails Nordic Ski
      4,067
      Total Distance
      3,435 miles
      Total Descent
      70,060 ft
      Total Vertical
      688 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      1,182 ft
      Reports
      12,542
      Photos
      578
      Ridden Counter
      58,922
      Sub Regions

      Popular Chicago Metro Area Mountain Biking Trails

      statustitledifficultyrating
      3 Ravines (ORANGE)
      Palos Forest Preserve
      Bullwhip (YELLOW)
      Palos Forest Preserve
      One Day (ORANGE)
      Palos Forest Preserve
      Hickory Smoked (YELLOW)
      Palos Forest Preserve
      Gravity Cavity (ORANGE)
      Palos Forest Preserve
      Psycho Path (ORANGE)
      Palos Forest Preserve
      Maple Lake East (YELLOW)
      Palos Forest Preserve
      Stonehouse (BLACK)
      Palos Forest Preserve
      Cemetery Hill Loop (PURPLE)
      Palos Forest Preserve
      Campground Trail (YELLOW / BLUE)
      Palos Forest Preserve
      Grass Hill (GREEN)
      Palos Forest Preserve
      Silo Hill
      Raceway Woods Forest Preserve
      Little Monza
      Raceway Woods Forest Preserve
      Meadowdale
      Raceway Woods Forest Preserve
      Corkscrew
      Raceway Woods Forest Preserve

      Chicago Metro Area Mountain Bike Routes

      titleratingdistance
      MudslingersEC SWK Long Loop
      Saw Wee Kee Park
      9 miles
      Fast Gravel Grinder
      Palos Forest Preserve
      29 miles
      Do it all 15 miler
      Palos Forest Preserve
      15 miles
      Sunday Route
      Raceway Woods Forest Preserve
      5 miles
      Palos with Canal Loop
      Palos Forest Preserve
      15 miles
      8 Mile Fast Ride
      Palos Forest Preserve
      8 miles
      Palos Tour
      Palos Forest Preserve
      22 miles
      If You Were East Coast: Shook One Part 1
      Palos Forest Preserve
      8 miles
      Meltdown 2022 Pathetic Attempt CH
      Palos Forest Preserve
      7 miles
      Palos Outer Loop
      Palos Forest Preserve
      14 miles

      Recent Ride Log Activity in Region

      Today
      • 90 rides
      Yesterday
      • 47 rides
      Past Week
      • 749 rides

      Photos of Chicago Metro Area Mountain Bike

      3 |
      May 11, 2024 @ 2:21pm
      May 11, 2024
      2 |
      May 11, 2024 @ 2:16pm
      May 11, 2024
      4 |
      Apr 15, 2024 @ 3:29pm
      Apr 15, 2024
      2 |
      Apr 15, 2024 @ 3:26pm
      Apr 15, 2024
      18 |
      Dec 9, 2023 @ 6:05am
      Dec 9, 2023
      12 |
      Dec 3, 2023 @ 2:11pm
      Dec 3, 2023
      13 |
      Dec 3, 2023 @ 2:11pm
      Dec 3, 2023
      18 |
      Oct 7, 2023 @ 5:56am
      Oct 7, 2023

      Videos of Chicago Metro Area Mountain Bike

      Small green jump line
      12 | Oct 18, 2023
      The Painted Quarry
      trail: XX (RED)
      18 | Sep 18, 2023
      Krampus
      37 | Sep 18, 2023
      Drop Save
      31 | Aug 1, 2023
      Jump Line at Big Marsh
      103 | Jun 13, 2023
      5 ft Vert, 6 ft Hor, both feet off.
      181 | May 28, 2022
      Merry Christmas
      37 | Dec 25, 2020
      Palos
      | Dec 7, 2020

      Current Trail Warnings

      statustraildateconditionuserinfo
      Just Bluff'n
      Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve
      May 11, 2024 @ 7:50am
      May 11, 2024
      IdealPPMTBiker
      Wright Woods Yellow Trail
      Captain Daniel Wright Woods
      May 11, 2024 @ 12:38pm
      May 11, 2024
      WetDefender13Towards the end of the loop going...
      Pipeline Trail
      Palos Forest Preserve
      May 5, 2024 @ 5:35am
      May 5, 2024
      VariableGreenGeek Rode it on Thu 5/2/24. Couple of muddy...

      Recent Trail Reports

      statustraildateconditioninfouser
      Des Plaines River Trail
      Algonquin - Iroquois - Chippewa Woods
      May 25, 2024 @ 11:58am
      2 days
      IdealUnder Touhy still high waterMinnesotaTopps
      Des Plaines River Trail
      Algonquin - Iroquois - Chippewa Woods
      May 25, 2024 @ 11:58am
      2 days
      IdealMinnesotaTopps
      Bullwhip (YELLOW)
      Palos Forest Preserve
      May 25, 2024 @ 3:37am
      3 days
      VariableMostly dry, some small puddles and greasy...fancyj
      Outback Connector (BLACK)
      Palos Forest Preserve
      May 25, 2024 @ 3:37am
      3 days
      VariableMuddy and wet in spots, might need to...fancyj
      Stonehouse (BLACK)
      Palos Forest Preserve
      May 25, 2024 @ 3:37am
      3 days
      VariableMostly dry, some small puddles and greasy...fancyj
      One Day (ORANGE)
      Palos Forest Preserve
      May 25, 2024 @ 3:37am
      3 days
      VariableMostly dry, some small puddles and greasy...fancyj
      3 Ravines (ORANGE)
      Palos Forest Preserve
      May 25, 2024 @ 3:37am
      3 days
      VariableMostly dry, some small puddles and greasy...fancyj
      Psycho Path (ORANGE)
      Palos Forest Preserve
      May 25, 2024 @ 3:37am
      3 days
      VariableMostly dry, some small puddles and greasy...fancyj
      Campground Trail (YELLOW / BLUE)
      Palos Forest Preserve
      May 25, 2024 @ 3:37am
      3 days
      VariableMostly dry, some small puddles and greasy...fancyj
      Maple Lake East Connector
      Palos Forest Preserve
      May 20, 2024 @ 4:53am
      May 20, 2024
      IdealJeffLyn

      Activity Feed

      usernameactiontypetitledate
      SarapLb4RQriddentrailactivity #53227991 and 3 more
      May 27, 2024 @ 5:36am
      16 hours
      jpettovotetrailactivity #53172251
      May 26, 2024 @ 7:06am
      2 days
      Geoff4ppw5Zwishlistregionactivity #53136572
      May 25, 2024 @ 4:44pm
      2 days
      MinnesotaToppsaddreportactivity #53134153 and 1 more
      May 25, 2024 @ 3:39pm
      2 days
      fancyjaddreportactivity #53130145 and 6 more
      May 25, 2024 @ 1:38pm
      2 days

      Recent Comments

      usernametypetitlecommentdate
      MarekKPOoVJtrailResurrection (TAN)funna ride tomorow better be good and horsy poop
      Dec 7, 2023 @ 11:08am
      Dec 7, 2023
      IllanoiseMTBertrailResurrection (TAN)So sick
      Nov 18, 2023 @ 7:27pm
      Nov 18, 2023
      tuskenraidertrailResurrection (TAN)Horsey poop, it is now officially dedicated.
      Nov 13, 2023 @ 7:51am
      Nov 13, 2023
      kmk2199trailPoplar Creek Brown TrailShould be rated as green, not even close to a blue
      Nov 5, 2023 @ 12:03pm
      Nov 5, 2023
      crankenstein-KoStrailYellow Trail9 days is a long time for a current report.
      Oct 22, 2023 @ 5:40am
      Oct 22, 2023

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      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike8,6902,939 miles54,364 ft748 miles525 ft
      55012,59924106,447
      E-Bike6,3762,085 miles35,673 ft509 miles525 ft
      2,2592616
      Horse1,091493 miles12,992 ft138 miles476 ft
      1,02919
      Hike10,7183,387 miles69,275 ft862 miles689 ft
      2312,606123,015
      Trail Running9,8293,196 miles62,677 ft810 miles528 ft
      12,57653,196
      Observed Trials21,578 ft266 ft69 ft
      6207
      Snowmobile6270 miles659 ft18 miles554 ft
      2342
      Snowshoe1,306327 miles7,730 ft81 miles459 ft
      45760
      Downhill Ski11,266 ft7 ft472 ft7 ft
      458
      Backcountry Ski63 miles226 ft1 mile95 ft
      4232
      Nordic Ski4,0671,220 mile29,905 ft313 miles476 ft
      276148
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