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Fountian Bluff

Average Rating:    (3.4 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 5

Fountian Bluff is a network of trails. It is almost completily doubletrack. This trail is a vertical playground. Suggested loop: Take one left and then all right turns until you get back to the trailhead. This loop is about 5 miles long. If you follow the loop I suggested the first about 3.5 miles are almost completily downhill. If you do the math that means the last 1.5 miles is completily uphill. This is the largest hill I have seen on any trail in the Midwest! It basically go's from the river bottom to the top of the bluff. There are more trails than that but that 's the route I am familar with.
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Latitude
37.78808138412046
Longitude
-89.3408203125
Trail Directions
Take RT. 13 from Carbondale west to Murphysboro. Once in Murphysboro get on Rt. 149 drive out of Murphysboro until you get to Rt. 3. Drive south on Rt. 3 until you reach Happy Hollow Rd and right. Go up Happy Hollow Rd. until you reach the trailhead. The trailhead is at the very top of the bluff and it overlooks the Mississippi River. It start off to the left.
Trail Length
5-? miles
Trail Level
Unknown
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Murphysboro
   


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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
October 14, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Rebecca R ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Awesome trail. Very rugged. Trail is unmarked but worth it.



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Review Date
August 12, 2000

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Mike Hawthorne , from Durango, CO

Summary:
This trail is a descenders paradise! the climbing is just as sick. If you can find the secret gate, by all means blaze through! you will find one of the gnarliest rollercoaster rides in the midwest. But be carefull, because you might get shot. Once you make it through it will kick you back out onto RR3 and youll have to ride back up to one of the entrances. This trail used to have the best downhill in the midwest, but the 8 plus multiple jumps on one downhill have all but eroded away. THis trail also has one of THE hardest climbs ANYWHERE. YOu begin on top of the bluff and veer to the right and come to the bottom of the trail,(about 2 miles) what you just rode DOWN is all but impossible to ride back up, BUT WITHOUT WALKING,. try it and youll see! Also look for the South bluff, it has the sickest views and once youre there ride DOWN! ITll take you to some singletrack that is NEVER ridden, and these other reviews dont know jack about it!

Recommended Route:
RR 3, south from murphysboro, turn right onto the CIPS entrance and park

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Kinkaid



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Review Date
May 22, 2000

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Courtney Gregory , from C'Dale, Il

Summary:
Getting to the trail head is an adventure in it's self. At the top of happy hollow you can practice you're rally car tachtics. The trail itself is mostly double track local yocal 4-wheel trails. Last time I rode it the trail was in good shape but horses pot hole it real bad when the idiats ride them after a rain. The entire bluff area is an ancient indian burial ground and feels kind of spooky. There are also some strange locals about so ride with a friend. Again these trails can be confusing and getting lost is a common occurence so bring lots of water and food. Going left at the begining the trail is fairly fast with little jumps and rolling hills, always whatch out for rutts. The trail then goes through an open grass section where the power lines are, then back in the woods, then back to the open, then back to the woods. Shortly after coming out of the grass for the second time there is a fork in the trail. This is the top of the huge, fast, Palmer-style decent. You might want to stop here and let that physco of your group go first. This downhill is very technical and dangerous. About halfway down there is a tree down and a sharp turn, after this lie the babyhead sized rocks. Then a short climb to the last part of the decent where another large log (turned into a jump) and sharp turn are. At the bottom of this is a small creekbed, now your at the bottoms and this is a good place to cruise around. I recomend going left after the creek till you get to the river then riding alongside the river just for kicks. It's cool down there and the barges are always floatin' by. You will have to back track from here, back to that creek bed then follow the trail right, through the creek bottoms, then up the killer hill. After you ride this place once you'll be able to figure out how to switch up the routes to make the ride different.
In the summer this place is scortchin hot and real, real, fuckin humid/muggy. The bugs get bad too, and if you don't like spider webs don't ride alone or in the front. All in all this is a rad place to get yo ride on! I recomend it to all, but mostly to experts. It is also good if you're in shape (because of the climbs and heat), and great for training (multiple laps).
This was one of my first rides. I was on a Schwinn sierra with a rigid fork and toe clips, needless to say I was a little freaked out. But lived to tell about it and returned many times.
Good: fast decents, technical, views, good climbs, wild turkeys
Bad: Gets very muddy, spooky by yourself, bugs, heat,
If unsure where to go talk to someone at Carbondale cycle, Phoenix cycles, or the bike surgeon, all on IL. Ave. (51)

Recommended Route:
There are many forks in this trail and anyone unfamiliar to it can get lost in a hury. I've ridden this trail many times and there is still alot left to explore. If you know where you're going, or more likely if you don't, you can ride all the way to the small town of Grandtower, connecting a good 30 miles of mostly double track. Parked at the overlook facing the river the trail is up the dirt service road to the left. At the first split in the trail go left, (if you go right there is a good jump then about 1/4 mile down you will meet the DIRT WALL. This is a fun challenging test of climbing ability, and a good competition between your buds. If you can make it up this you will be rewarded with a fuckin crazy twisty decent. Then you're at the bottoms by the river-go exploring.) Back to the "left". Soon after the first left there is another turn, stay left or you will go down that huge hill that what's his nuts was talking about climbin. So stay left here and there is lots of steep ups and downs. Veer to the right for now on. There is a big rippin down hill Shawn Palmer style and at the bottom a creek crossing. After the creek crossing you're at the bottoms (same place as the down hill mentioned earlier to the "right"). Now the trail gets hard to follow because it runs through and along the many times muddy creek bottoms. After this the big climb starts, it's long but get in your small chainring and lower cogs and just work it, whatch the ruts and kick ass. At the top go left if you want to get back to the car or right if you're still hungry.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Buttermilk (Kinkade Lake)



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Review Date
August 24, 1999

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Todd West , from Murphysboro, IL

Summary:
This trail has seen better days is an understatement. This trail is washed out and full of ruts from ATVs and neglect. The downhill portion is average on technical riding but it definitely is no vertical playground. If you want to see the river then take this trail. If you want a good experience with trail riding in S. IL then go to Cedar Lake.

Recommended Route:
Same as 1st Review

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Cedar Lake



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Review Date
March 18, 1999

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Clayton Covemaker , from Carbondale IL

Summary:
Like I said up top this page is a vertical playground. It's alot of fun and very fast. The trails are are semi-technical and since it's doublewide you can fly on them. About the hill, it's big, it's very steep, and if you can ride all the way up this one you got major skills I ride with guys a few guys that ride expert class (class A NCAA) and they have problems getting up it. Fun torture. I give it 5 for the fun and challenge but a 3 for lacking some of the natural enviroment of the other area trails and for losing some of technical challenge of the other. Overall 4.

Recommended Route:
Read route at the top of the page

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Cedar Lake



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