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Argyle Lake State Park

Average Rating:    (3.2 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 10

Lots of challenging single track and wider trails. All kinds of roots and railroad ties to challenge experienced riders on technical climbs and descents. Trail is not well marked yet so try to go with some one who knows the trail. For more info. contact Changing Gears Ltd. in Macomb Il at 309-836-7433.
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Latitude
40.456482775168055
Longitude
-90.79084396362305
Trail Directions
Enter Colchester Il. and go north on Coal St. Turn left into Argyle Lake State Park. Trail Head is posted shortly after park entrance.
Trail Length
8 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Colchester
   


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Review Date
May 17, 2003

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

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Reviewed by: Richard Wallen , from Macomb

Summary:
The bikes trails at Argyle are for the most part gone.
I helped with the trail building and can say that the staff at the lake quit supporting us. So we have focused our time to Spring Lake in Macomb.

Recommended Route:
NONE

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Spring Lake @ Macomb



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Review Date
October 2, 2002

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 1 of 5

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Reviewed by: mark

Summary:
Due to parks new policy we are not allowed to ride the trail we built over the last few years. We were ordered to remove our bridges and any other obstacle that the horses could not go over. We have not cleaned the trail as of march of this year. Our focus is now of our new city park trail (no horses) at springlake two miles north of macomb il. contact mark,tod,or alec at the bike shop 309 833 5748 for more info. sorry it was a great little trail.

Recommended Route:
none

Other recommended trails in the same area:
springlake macomb illinois , fox intermedate and deer novice



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Review Date
April 8, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Tom , from WIU

Summary:
It took about four trips there on on foot to find the "real trails" but man was it worth it! There are some serious trails there that are pure singletrack. Someone has spent some time maintaining them as well.(I am unaware of any efforts to inhibit riders from using these trails) Since then I have found enough trails to occupy about 3-4 hours of riding time at the park. Creek crossings, switchbacks, roots, rocks you name it, and it's there. If you live near by and want to try it out be on the look out for ANY indication of trails that lead off of the main mountain bike paths. Many of these are hidden by branches and sticks by riders who don't want them messed up by horses. Most of the trails that I know of are about a mile into the designated mountain bike/horse trails. A word of caution though, I wouldn't travel a great distance, you may be somewhat dissapointed, but if you live near by, it is a pretty sweet adventure hunting for trails! Also, the trails are crap after a good rain, especially if horses have been through the area. And if you do find the trails I've been talking about remember to replace any branches you move to keep the horses out, and don't go on any hiker only trails!

Recommended Route:
start at the designated mountain bike parking lot. Stay on the horse/bike paths. Keep an eye out for unmarked trails. (There are hiking only, and horse only trails as well.)



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Review Date
April 3, 2002

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

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Reviewed by: Ryan , from WIU, Il

Summary:
I have attended western for three years now and I ride Arglye about 1 to 4 times a week in the summer. I really enjoy the single track out there, but like it was said by the others, look for those hidden trails. Trust me once you get back in there a bit you will have some good times. I have found going counterclock wise around the park is the most fun. (i.e. not quite as many steep climbs, at least in my opinion.) It is a great place for beginers as well as those that are more experienced. I personaly have learned quite a bit riding with the guys out there and have ridden some realy great trails lately. So if you are in the area go for a ride, look out for the damn horse trails, and keep a sharp eye out for those bonus trails!

Recommended Route:
However you please.



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Review Date
June 28, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: Jeff , from Macomb, IL,

Summary:
For those who have not been to Argyle recently we have added alot of new single track that will blow your mind. The trail is almost all single track with jumps and some North Shore type obstacles to challenge all riders. One problem though, we have hidden the entrances to the trails so that the fucking horse riders can't find them. If you come to Argyle to ride be on the look out for small side trails that look overgrown and places where it looks like a trail may begin off to the side. These side trails often lead to some of the best single track in the park. We have organized a group ride on thursday evenings for the summer of 2001 so come join us and we will show you how awsome Argyle is.

Recommended Route:
Go to Colchester IL and turn north on Coal St. and this will take you to the entrance of Argyle.



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