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Comlara Park

Average Rating:    (3.68 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 22

The trails are mostly singletrack with a large number of them being tight and technical. These trails have many obstacles such as logpiles, deep and small ravines, roots, and wooden bridges. County trails offer faster, rolling trails always leading to the singletrack.
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Latitude
40.63896734381723
Longitude
-89.05242919921875
Trail Directions
Turn off of I-39 on Lake Bloomington Road and turn to go to Evergreen Lake/Comalara Park. Follow this road around past the spillway till you come to the end of the wooded area and there is a graveled parking lot with a trailhead sign.
Trail Length
8 miles with more coming
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Hudson
   


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Review Date
April 4, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Dave F. ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Comlara Park has a bunch of great mountain bike trails. They are fun to ride, tight and twisty and offer a lot of swooping turns around the lake. The local MTB group has done a terrific job building a lot of fun wooden obstacles in and with the trails and they offer entertainment and diversion for people who like that sort of thing and can be ignored as well, bypassed easily for those who just want to hammer.

The only minor complaint is that the general location of the trails is not as well marked as they could be, especially where to park and then how to tie in with them to get started on them in the first place. Once you get on the trails you'll be fine, especially if you keep the lake in mind as a consistent navigation point. They are laid out in a series of loops, numbered 1-7, which either interconnect or are linked by spurs/connector trails.

If you don't come with a map, you can visit the visitors center near the campground and they can provide one.



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Review Date
January 29, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Stupendous Man ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
These trails are all out fun. Plain and simple. Like others have mentioned, it is not a difficult trail. What it lacks in elevation it more than makes up for in speed and flow, and what it lacks in technical challenge it more than makes up for in tight twisty singletrack. The views around the lake are spectacular considering you are in IL, the armpit of the midwest. Over the years the CORBA club has added many fun side obstacles to increase the challenge and fun, and the trails have all been mapped and well marked with signs. Every September they hold a race there, which is an absolute blast. Its part of the IL homegrown race series (IHRS). The park allows fishing in the lake, and also has a very nice family friendly campground.

Recommended Route:
Grab a map, and be sure to ride all the trails. They are all interconnected so you can ride almost the whole system as a single loop.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Peoria area trails to the West, Kickapoo SP to the East



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Review Date
November 9, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: finerbiner ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The trails are just plain fun. There are no serious climbs, but the terrain is tight and twisty. It rolls up and down small ravines and then along the edge of Evergreen lake. The best thing about this ride is that the trails are kept in perfect condition and the trail builders have constructed log piles, jumps and bridges in many places. There has to be around 50 in total. Most are optional but they vary from 1 1/2 foot wide to 4 inches. This really adds to the experience. Husband, wife and child were all able to enjoy this ride.

Recommended Route:
the trails are numbered from 1 to 7, with Bovine and Hillside coming after 1. the trailhead is between 3 and 4. From 3 down to Bovine goes left. from 4 through 7 goes right. The whole place if probably 10+ miles. Do it all.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
not really



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Review Date
October 10, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Andrew Morzillo ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Trails were a blast!!! I was just visiting Bloomington for a weekend and decided to see what trails were offered for mountain bikes. Between the previous reviews and word of mouth, I had to check it out (come on, 4.2 chili peppers, it had to be worth it.) The trails could not be better maintained! Although there were some slow, tight corners, most of the trails allowed for some fast riding. It was easy to cover all the trails within a couple of hours. It was well worth the trip and I look forward to going back and riding there again sometime!

Recommended Route:
Just show up and ride! The trails were great no matter what direction you went. The floating bridge would be a whole lot better if the water level was higher. Climbing down to it could get interesting in bike shoes.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Jubilee College State Park (Peoria)
McNaughton Park (Pekin)



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Review Date
March 18, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: eherbst ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
With the addition of Hillside Trail and Bovine Run in the past 2 years or so, Comlara is an even better place to ride than it was. We continue to build more trails; this spring we are working on a 1/2 mile to 1 mile bypass of the floating bridge southeast of the rest of our singletrack.

Most of the park is relatively flat, but the trails offer a pretty wide variety of flavors of riding. From the tight, twisty sections of trails 1 and 6 to the fast curves of trail 4; from the endless ravines of trail 5, to the elevation changes of Hillside Trail; from the lake along trail 2 to the meadows of Bovine Run, you will enjoy your time riding at Comlara.

Recommended Route:
Most of the singletrack consists of loops off of a backbone of wide doubletrack that runs all around the west and south sides of the lake, so there are many ways to string together a good ride. There is parking at a 4 different spots along this backbone, so you can start where you like. Probably the best for someone unfamiliar with the park would be to start at the main parking lot, hit the county (backbone) trail toward trail #6 for a warmup, then do trails 6, 5, 4, and 3; take the county trail over to trails 2 and 1, cross the road by the dam and do Bovine Run and Hillside Trail, and then come back and do it backward. See www.comlaramtb.com for directions to the trails and more detailed descriptions of the trails.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Independence Park near Pekin, IL
Farmdale Reservoir - East Peoria, IL
Dirksen Park - Pekin, IL
(see www.pambamtb.org for these first 3)
Kickapoo State Park - Danville, IL (see www.KickapooMBC.org)



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