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Death Ridge

Average Rating:    (3.62 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 13

This is a great trails. Tons of great climbs. Lots of logs, roots, ravines, gorges, creeks, plenty of places to get yourself killed or mamed. Don't go after heavy rain, you will regret it as you send the rest of the day washing yourself and your bike. The is a ridiculous about of bugs and spider webs. If you aren't fast enough the horse flies will eat you alive. Hope you like poison ivy and lots of thorns. Enter at your own risk...
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Latitude
38.81235914593674
Longitude
-89.99630928039551
Trail Directions
Find your way to Souther Illionois Univeristy in Edwardsville (somehow). Its 30 minutes east of St Louis. There are several trail heads. One by Woodland and Prarie Residence halls and another by Korte Stadium.
Trail Length
3-5 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Edwardsville
   


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Review Date
July 31, 2013

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: NDD ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
It's true, the trails in Sweet William Woods were closed by the Biology Dept. at SIUE. It's being used as a nature preserve and a site for students to do field work. Funny thing is I'm doing research out there (on the composition of plant communities) and I thought a while ago that it would be fun to ride a mountain bike through.

Anyway, I'm just here to verify that they are closed. Please don't ride on them. Erosion has made them pretty unsafe and if you're not careful, you can disrupt the wildlife.



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Review Date
October 1, 2012

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Josh ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
These trails are now back open, new bridges have been built.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Gorc trails on the other side of siue are much easier for beginners



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Review Date
August 15, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: chubilicous ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I learned to ride on the Sweet Williams trail around 1990. Fun fast and easy single track with some challenging (but nothing like the Chubb) climbs. The trail was much more fun when the bridges were intact. They were tore up when the university decided they did want the liabilty mountain biking brough with it. Back when I lived in Granite City these trails were very close. As a warm up/ cool down, I would rec some of the MCT trails.

Recommended Route:
Log Jam to the east (right) of the soccer field entrance is as technical as this easy trail gets. THis is the faster direction.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Chubb/Klondike/Silver Lake



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Review Date
June 1, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Usually_Bleeding ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This trail is closed. See new trail directions and description under SIUE.



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Review Date
January 20, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: dtnabes ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I have ridden this trail for ten years and will miss them. Never heard em called death ridge. Heard em called Sweet Wiliams trails and they was closed by the biolgy dep. There are trails that will be made by GORC. They'll be located buy the cross country trails (MRF theater). They'll build this new trail starting in feb. and will need all the help they can get. For more info go to kellerhayes.com/gorc.



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chubilicous (07/29/2008)
I started riding Sweet Williams Trail about 1990 and quit when the biology dept closed the trail in the mid 90s, want to say 95. I generally rode SW or the Chubb. Have to say that SW was on of the most fun and fast single tracks I have ever rode. SIUE let bidges go (or destroyed them, which riuned the trail. The no tresspessing sign/ trail closed signs were also very uninviting. I moved from Granite City to Effingham. We have a great 5 mile tail similar to SW at CIPS lake in Newton.
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