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Des Plaines River Trail

Average Rating:    (3.29 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 31

Trail runs south past Maywood Park and North to Glencoe. Beautiful trail which is stocked with great offtrails that are filled with awesome jumps. If you enter on the south side of Oakton, go south for about 20 feet and turn left into the first offtrail. This offtrail has an awesome huge dirt half-pipe for jumping, and keep going past the half-pipe and you'll find an a huge area that was made into a BMX stunt course. Very cool, tons and tons of great jumps. Be sure to check out all the offtrails.
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Latitude
41.95757531349072
Longitude
-87.85268783569336
Trail Directions
Entrance to main trail is on Oakton Ave between River Rd. and Dee Rd.
Trail Length
25
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Des Plaines
   


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Review Date
March 14, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: yibescibe ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This is my first review of many I will be submitting on the Des Plaines River Trail. I am a new mountain biker(avid road biker) and have never been on the Des Plaines River Trails.

I ventured out to Schiller Woods South for the first time today(south of Irving Park Rd and north of Belmont Ave). There is a main trail that runs parallel with the river that is as wide as a car. It is generally flat and packed with a few rocky or soft areas. I did notice some low lying areas with standing water even though the area is dry. I believe this is just a function of being located near the river. Riding south from the Irving Park lot you come to two offshoots to head east off the trail. One is north of a little bridge over a stream and one is just south. The south trail opens to a few BMX jumps and then continues to a another bridge to cross over the stream again. At the second bridger you can continue east south of the stream or cross to the trail north of the stream. I cross to the north section and continuing east it opens up to a large hills with some type of track race track. I was fun to ride up and down the hill a few time to change things up. It appeared that there were dirt bike tires running through the trails/area. East of the hill the trail opens up into the Model Airplane field.

I took the north trail back to the main trial and continued south to Belmont along the river and back. The north trail is generally flat but nice little sections of roots and turns I enjoyed. Overall, a nice little hour, hour and a half ride in this section of the trail. I intend on hitting up each section of the trail and review as I go.

Recommended Route:
There is a parking lot just East of the river south of Irving Park Road.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Again, this is my first time on the Des Plaines River trails so I am going to explore each section and review.



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Review Date
July 8, 2009

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: jonnysprocket ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
the section that the last buy mentions is called the 8 ball as there are (were) 4 separate loops that make a figure 8 between Algonquin Rd at the north end and I-294 and the larger Des Plaines River bike trail at the south end. Because of massive flooding of the Des Plaines River, most of the good stuff is washed out. used to be see saws, long log rides, big jumps. all washed away now. best section is the north east, starting at Algonquin and ending at Oakton. right at the end (or the beginning if you start at Oakton) there is a gulley with a 10' downhill to flat to uphill. it's fun and if you hit it from the Oakton side, you can get air. south of Oakton, the east loop used to have a great BMX pump track with 3 jumps but some jerk took a shovel to it. The east loop is also very nice, and finishes with a nice singletrack that is generally not overgrown. these trails have been trashed by the weather lately but we've done some cleanup. i like the # of fallen logs that you have to go over. most of them have been made into ramps which makes it fun. technical difficulty is low, but you can make it more challenging and work on your technique over logs there.

Recommended Route:
both east loops are fun. go thru them from either direction.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
for singletrack? palos, wilmette/skokie lagoons/palatine.



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Review Date
May 29, 2009

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: Tones23 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is primarily a bridal trail for horse riding with several technical singletracks - if you know where to find them - ranging from easy to very hard. Most will be on the East side of the trail. They're easy to miss, and you'll think this trail is a joke if you're looking for a challenge and you do miss them. They are not posted on any maps and techinically not part of the trail at all. Some are casually maintained, and others untouched. None of them are official. Overall, there's something for everyone if you look hard enough - even a very hard to find downhill.

Recommended Route:
With a major link now completed, the trail is nearly continuous from Grand Ave to the Wisconsin border (50-something miles I think). The major broken section between Algonquin Rd and Ballard has been connected by a bike lane on Campground Rd and paved trail that leads you from Algonquin Rd to Rand and Ballard (about 1/4 mile from the re-entry point on Ballard Rd continuing North.

There is another similar Northbound break where the trail seems to dead end and you have to cross Milwaukee Ave and continue on Wikleman Rd to pick up the Northbound Trail.

Most of the singletracks have two paths at difficult areas for an easier ride or a more challenging ride.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
North Branch bridal trails (not the paved trails)



Comments
Tones23 (05/29/2009)
Forgot to add... This trail does not go to Glencoe - that's the Chicago River North Branch Trail that runs between Devon and Dundee Rd (14miles)
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Review Date
September 15, 2008

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: redxjay ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Official Trail maps:
Lake County Section:
http://www.lcfpd.org/docs/map_22079.pdf

Cook County Section North:
http://www.fpdcc.com/downloads/dpn_trailmap.pdf

Cook County Section South:
http://www.fpdcc.com/downloads/dps_trailmap.pdf

This trail is mostly a wide crushed limestone or dirt trail from Wisconsin/Illinois boarder to Madison Ave in Forest Park, IL. With some really nice single track in the last south section.

As for dirt jumps:
Three possible locations I've heard of:
1. River Grove, North of Grand Ave. and just south of the rail road underpass - look east for some small jumps about 60 yards off the main wide trail. There is also a little bmx singletrack trail that wanders through the trees (very lame)
2. Off Oakton Ave - see other posts and youtube
3. Somewhere in Wheeling - as seen on youtube

Recommended Route:
Between North Ave and Madison Ave is an amazing singletrack trail. this is not on any off the official trail maps.

North of Washington and just south of the union pacific tracks head east on single track to a cool berm/hill for some fun stuff a few small jumps around the base.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Palos Hills



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Review Date
August 7, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: mtbker8 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I ride here about every day. its great for log rides. I can do everything at these trails so it gets boring. but im making a whole new trail with better and more technical jumps/planks. my brother and I are making 4 planks with a drop that are pretty hard. great trails =]

Other recommended trails in the same area:
when you cross oakton make a right at the first trail. its about a 10 min ride if you go fast.



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