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  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      At 15,000 acres, the Palos Preserves in southwest Cook County are the largest concentration of preserved land in the Forest Preserves. Thanks to more than three decades of habitat restoration, they also hold some of the highest-quality natural areas in the county.

      These trails join many popular sites, such as the Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Pulaski Woods, Saganashkee Slough and Maple Lake which is home to a mountain bike staging area that provides access to almost 40 miles of unpaved trails.
      AKA: Palos
      Land Status: Municipal Park
      Red Gate Woods Parking google parking directions
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      Region Details
      • 6
      • 14
      • 17
      • 13
      • 6

      Region Status
      Caution as of Apr 2, 2021
      Local Trail Association

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails (view details)
      57
      Trails Mountain Bike
      56
      Trails Hike
      57
      Trails Trail Running
      57
      Trails Horse
      36
      Trails Snowshoe
      38
      Trails Nordic Ski
      38
      Total Distance
      71 miles
      Total Descent
      5,363 ft
      Total Vertical
      166 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      746 ft
      Reports
      1,526
      Photos
      129
      Ridden Counter
      8,408

      Photos of Palos Forest Preserve Mountain Bike

      trail: Bloodshed
      10 |
      Mar 5, 2021 @ 10:47am
      Mar 5, 2021
      6 |
      Dec 31, 2020 @ 10:58am
      Dec 31, 2020
      14 |
      Nov 28, 2020 @ 3:14am
      Nov 28, 2020
      220 |
      Jul 11, 2017 @ 4:13pm
      Jul 11, 2017

      Videos of Palos Forest Preserve Mountain Bike

      Palos
      | Dec 7, 2020
      Northrock xc27
      3:12 | 23 | Aug 19, 2020
      Okay
      0:20 | | Jul 18, 2020
      Not giving up on mountain biking yet
      1:00 | 232 | Jul 3, 2017

      Current Trail Warnings

      statustraildateconditionuserinfo
      Grass HIll
      Apr 2, 2021 @ 11:09am
      Apr 2, 2021
      Prevalent MudEngnrDave
      Pipeline Trail
      Mar 31, 2021 @ 5:55am
      Mar 31, 2021
      DryCoreyi6Eglf

      Recent Trail Reports

      statustraildateconditionuserinfo
      Gravity Cavity
      Apr 2, 2021 @ 11:09am
      Apr 2, 2021
      VariableEngnrDave
      Stonehouse
      Apr 2, 2021 @ 11:09am
      Apr 2, 2021
      VariableEngnrDave
      Bullwhip
      Apr 2, 2021 @ 11:09am
      Apr 2, 2021
      VariableEngnrDave
      Cemetery Hill Loop
      Apr 1, 2021 @ 1:38pm
      Apr 1, 2021
      VariableEngnrDaveSlightly damp in some areas
      Bull Frog Lake Trail
      Apr 1, 2021 @ 1:38pm
      Apr 1, 2021
      VariableEngnrDaveMostly clear just be careful
      Hickory Smoked
      Apr 1, 2021 @ 1:38pm
      Apr 1, 2021
      UnknownEngnrDaveMostly dry except for the river crossing
      Maple Lake East
      Apr 1, 2021 @ 1:38pm
      Apr 1, 2021
      UnknownEngnrDaveMostly dry
      Plot M Connector
      Mar 29, 2021 @ 11:34am
      Mar 29, 2021
      UnknownJcoyoung CAMB
      Post Hole
      Mar 29, 2021 @ 11:34am
      Mar 29, 2021
      UnknownJcoyoung CAMB
      Psycho Path
      Mar 29, 2021 @ 11:34am
      Mar 29, 2021
      UnknownJcoyoung CAMB

      Activity Feed

      usernameactiontypetitledate
      user #2655953BlackRainbowMTBdifficultyvotetrailBloodshed and 3 more
      Apr 10, 2021 @ 7:12am
      Apr 10, 2021
      user #803444willgoelzriddentrail3 Ravines and 2 more
      Apr 9, 2021 @ 7:36am
      Apr 9, 2021
      user #1810405lenelsonjrcommenttrailDynamite Road
      Apr 5, 2021 @ 4:00am
      Apr 5, 2021
      user #2379930Hoosier11riddentrailJohn Husar I&M Canal
      Apr 3, 2021 @ 12:16pm
      Apr 3, 2021
      user #2622826EngnrDaveaddreportGravity Cavity and 3 more
      Apr 2, 2021 @ 2:34pm
      Apr 2, 2021

      Recent Comments

      usernametypetitlecommentdate
      user #1810405lenelsonjrtrailDynamite RoadApril 4 downed tree
      Apr 5, 2021 @ 4:00am
      Apr 5, 2021
      user #2629619ClydeRider2021trailBullwhipBullwhip is open as of 3/21/2021. Some parts...
      Mar 21, 2021 @ 5:13pm
      Mar 21, 2021
      user #808260steveschwasstrailGravity CavityNice “downhill” trail for IL. Pretty much...
      Feb 21, 2021 @ 2:25pm
      Feb 21, 2021
      user #2402502Oscardog12trailTURFI hiked here on Saturday (10/24) and one of...
      Oct 27, 2020 @ 7:14am
      Oct 27, 2020
      user #2392841Kdub91712trailStonehouseToday near the actual stone house on the trail...
      Oct 3, 2020 @ 8:19pm
      Oct 3, 2020

      Nearby Areas

      namedistance
      Sag Valley2.8 km
      Thatcher Woods 112.7 km
      Wegmat Maintained Trails14.7 km
      Big Marsh19.4 km
      Fabyan Forest Park24.3 km

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      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike5671 miles5,328 ft31 miles167 ft
      #378#1811221,52665,979
      Hike5771 miles5,364 ft31 miles167 ft
      #259#14171,5261118
      Trail Running5771 miles5,364 ft31 miles167 ft
      #262#1421,525123
      Horse3633 miles3,432 ft15 miles164 ft
      119
      Snowshoe3834 miles3,530 ft15 miles164 ft
      58
      Nordic Ski3834 miles3,530 ft15 miles164 ft
      583
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