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Great Western Trail

Average Rating:    (2.33 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 3

Old railway bed covered in crushed limestone, meanders through farmland, forest and subdivisions. Usually not crowded.
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Latitude
41.92680320648791
Longitude
-88.34552764892578
Trail Directions
In St. Charles take Randall Road north of North Avenue to Dean Street. Take Lee about a 1/2 mile west to Forest Preserve. Trail begins at West edge of parking lot.
Trail Length
21 miles
Trail Level
Beginner
Trail Type
Paved Path
City/County
St. Charles-Sycamore
   


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Reviews 1 - 3 (3 Reviews Total)

Review Date
August 11, 2002

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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2.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Robby B , from Carol Stream, IL

Summary:
Smooth ride for a Rec Mountain bike or even a road bike. You can be creative when using a full supension MTB. Try the shoulders of the path. it's pretty rough!
I did it once! You'll appreciate what shocks are made for. One thing you have to remember after a ride, CLEAN YOUR BIKE! and PLEASE...wear a HELMET!

Recommended Route:
I always start from Main St. Glen Ellyn Rd. going northwest to the Elgin Branch of the IPP.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Try the Wheaton-Elgin-Aurora-Wheaton Triangle. You'll need gallons of fluids! Pretty exciting



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Review Date
December 2, 2001

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: FishMan , from Urbana, IL

Summary:
This is not a mountain bike trail, and therefore should probably be removed from this review. It's a flat, stright old rails to trails. Crushed limestone surface. If you're looking for an enjoyable ride with the wife and kids, it's not a bad choice.

Recommended Route:
East to West or West to East

Other recommended trails in the same area:
If you're looking for mountain biking, try Campton Hills Park on the St. Charles side.



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Review Date
April 23, 2001

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: jeannie , from Glendale Heights, IL

Summary:
This is an easy beginer's trail which runs parallel, and then connects to the Illinois Prairie Path somewhere West around Winfield, enabling a nice alternate route to take back to Glen Ellyn. Some of the road crossings can be hazardous with blind curves where you can not see approaching cars, but these are well marked and there are bridges over main highways. This trail is less traveled than the prairie path--which can be downright crowded on summer weekends--making serious riding difficult, having to navigate traffic which consists of walkers, riders, skateboarders, etc. The scenery is nicer along the prairie path, which also offers better shading on hot summer days, but you can often ride the entire path without encountering another soul, enabling an obstacle free ride.

Recommended Route:
Well, I start out from North Ave. (Hwy 64). The trail is 1/4 mile in off Main Street heading towards Glen Ellyn

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Illinois Prairie Path



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