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Espenscheid

Average Rating:    (3.6 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 10

3 miles of single-track, moderate on technical scale, lots of turns, twisting your way between trees. Some log stacks, roots, dips. One-way trail.
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Latitude
42.21707640794121
Longitude
-88.97930145263672
Trail Directions
Off of Perryville Rd. South of the 20 overpass, on east side of road.
Trail Length
3 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Cherry Valley/Rockford
Zip/Postal Code
61016
Country
USA
   


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Review Date
August 25, 2013

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Alex ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I felt like the trip out to this trail was a total waste of time. Reason being: trail was conducive to falling or breaking your bike. Branches were scattered about in a way that asked for you to lose your head or go into your wheel. That aside the trail has a few fun parts but its cut short by an obscene amount of u turns taking you up and down the same ridge at different points. At one point you could see where you were going to be shortly. It really takes away from the fun of riding (for me at least). To add insult to injury, you can see the road from several spots as well as hearing semi trucks driving past.

For a 3 mile trail, it had better rock to be worth going to; instead it felt like an after thought of the preserve. Every other part of the park seems more thought out and is worth going to check out; quiet, serene and surprisingly nice people made the rest of the park a winner.

Recommended Route:
There is only one route, one path.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Rock Cut is a much better alternative and is only slightly further away from the suburbs.



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Review Date
August 30, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: superford4x4 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Very nice trail. it was re-routed last year and is now just under 3 miles. its about 3 miles if you leave the parking lot, ride 1 lap, and go back to the parking lot. but its all 100% singletrack. tight, twisty and hilly(for this area). it will give you a good workout, seems like every time you come down a hill with some speed there is a sharp turn or logstack ready to kill your momentum just in time to go up hill. trail is well maintained i believe by a fellow named Rick, nice guy, if you see him out there give him a big thanks, he walks the trails regularly to trim and move downed trees.

Recommended Route:
park in the first parking lot on the left, head up the hill on the other side of the road. take a right and go about 100 yards and you'll see the fork. you can go either way. its a bit easier if you go right as you'll encounter more logstacks going downhill instead of up. but i usually do a few laps in each direction.



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Review Date
July 9, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Jeff S ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Great trail and very easy to get to. I also like the fact that its not super long, I rode it today for the very 1st time and enjoyed it very much and my son who is 6 made it the entire way without complaining about being to tired. The trail could use a little grooming in a few places but otherwise its in pretty good shape. One thing its July and every time I stopped to wait for my son the skitters came out very quick, so don't plan on stopping for a water break.

Recommended Route:
counterclockwise



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Review Date
August 21, 2008

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: Adam Solko ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
3 miles of thorns that will tear up your limbs. A couple of twigs lay across the trail, they may call them 'log piles". There were downed trees and no hills. I would never ride this course again.



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Review Date
June 17, 2008

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: snowboarder ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Actually, not bad. Better than I expected. If you have rode Palos, Palatine, John muir, Des Plaines or Rib Mtn, then it is not as good as those, but it's somewhat technical and different. Let's face it, we don't have much to choose from in IL, so I'll take it. Take the trail counter clockwise(go right) and you'll start out on easy stuff and end up with a great ride the last 1/4 of the track. I didn't mind the tight trail with trees, that's fun. However, I ended up with about 20 or so straches to cuts from brush. Some grass on the trail on spots. I rode early June,so the trail probably gets a little better as its gets ridden.



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