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Illinois Prairie Path

Average Rating:    (3.4 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 10

Mostly smooth crushed limestone and gravel, some dirt, some paved.
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Latitude
41.87683076934811
Longitude
-88.06295156478882
Trail Directions
Various places. There are too many place to enter!
Trail Length
70+ miles
Trail Level
Beginner
Trail Type
Paved Path
City/County
Maywood to Elgin to Aurora
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Review Date
July 3, 2010

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: silver2003tl ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
A path to get from point A to point B. I use about 7 miles of it to get home from work. Other times to bike w/ the family.

No hills, no tree roots, no boulders - just crushed gravel.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Goto Palos Hills if you want something more challenging, a bit further is Kettle Moraine, and the Moab if you don't mind buying a plane ticket.



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Review Date
October 17, 2008

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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1.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: DB Herb ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
...Just rode 30+ miles and was bored to tears. For what this trail is worth it's cool for the triangular loops, but there are much less painfully uninteresting trails in any other location in Illinois. The trail is well labeled and maintained which made it a breeze to ride, the effort to avert traffic is also appreciated. The history of the IPP is reason enough to pay homage to it's origins, but don't expect much more than the novelty of riding an old train route.
I did find some offroad trails by 294, but the're undoubtably illegal.

Recommended Route:
I went York Rd. - Great Western Trail - Elgin Branch East - Main Branch East - York Rd.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Fox River Trail is all-around better (even if it is out and back)



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Review Date
July 20, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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1.67 of 5, 3.00 votes

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Reviewed by: pavethetrail ,  Racer

Summary:
I believe that all bike paths should be paved. The only thing gravel does is slow you down and clog your wheel bearings. Therefore, dupage county needs to look into paving that prairie path, at least with something more firm, like asphalt or clay.



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Review Date
February 18, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Please Select

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4.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Paul Dumais , from Elk Grove, IL

Summary:
Start at County Farm Rd and Geneva Rd. Go west on the Geneva Spur, This section is never crowded. It goes through West Chicago, over a suspension bridge, around an airport, and through some forest preserves. When you get to the river, turn right. This is the scenic part. There is a short but difficult climb up out of St. Charles, but that leads to a tremendous downhill run over the river a couple of miles north. (Note: It is important that you do this loop in a clockwise direction. Otherwise, you have to go up this hill, which is a killer. Trust me on this).
After you cross over to the west bank of the river you follow an antique trolley track, which is kind of neat when the trains are running. When you get to South Elgin, you cross back over the river and continue north. This section is full of winding, rolling hills. My kids call it the roller coaster. Go down the first hill fast, and your momentum will carry you over most of the other hills.
The junction with the Elgin Branch is just south of Lake Street. Before turning right and heading south back towards Winfield, make sure you have enough water. The nearest fountains are 5 miles to the south (at Army Trail Rd.) or 1 mile north,(at the Riverboat). This final stretch is basically flat and straight. There is are bridges over Rte. 25, and Rte. 59, and a tunnel under North Avenue. Your starting point is at Milepost 3, so you can count down your distance to the finish.

Recommended Route:
North Loop (Winfield-Geneva-South Elgin-Winfield)



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Review Date
September 26, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Kevin , from Hillside IL

Summary:
This route is a pleasure cruise that lasts all day. There is no challenge to it whatsoever and it is not a mountain biking trail. Its wide enough for 4 bikes and is made of crushed gravel. The trail is nice for a sunday ride with the ladyfriend and maybe for learning how to break and turn fast and hard on loose gravel but thats about it. You can go far on it, but so can anyone else. It is fairly crowded and if you are going from villa park to Elgin, Id recomment taking the Great WEstern Trail as a shortcut because it not only has less people, but less street crossings too. the GWT is also gravel 4 lane.
Not a mountain bike trail either-not sure why they are listed on this site...
Excellent trail for a pleasure ride though

Recommended Route:
The whole thing

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Great Western Trail (for Sunday cruises)



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