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Loud Thunder state park

Average Rating:    (2.93 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 15

A rolling 6 miles loop thru a nice wooded area. Desent climbs and downhills. Also technical enough to were you won't get bored. This is probaly the best mountain biking near the QC Area.
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Latitude
41.43153021645793
Longitude
-90.823974609375
Trail Directions
Take rt.92 out of the quad cities then drive until you reach Loud Thunder road take a right then follow the signs until you reach the horse coral. The trails start off to your left hand side as you enter the horse coral area
Trail Length
6 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Quad City area
   


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Review Date
February 17, 2014

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: john ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This trail is no longer maintained at this time. FORC has rumored of trying to take back the biking trails from the equestians but it would be hard to do while maintaining all of the other trails. If your looking to ride in the area try sunderburch, it is great for all levels and has great obsticles.



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Review Date
December 31, 2011

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: dgw2jr ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I checked out Loud Thunder for the first time today and I must say the trails are pretty much done for. I would say the only way you could ride out there is if you had a 6-inch full suspension downhill specific mountain bike and even then you won't have any fun. The trails are sunk 2 feet deep in some places where it seems the equestrians struggle with the grades when it is wet. Erosion seems to have already taken a heavy toll on these trails.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Sunderbruch, Sylvan Island, Illiniwek, Scott County Park



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Review Date
November 20, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: BillM ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I ride or run (or both) these trails once a week. I had a very difficult time with the trails when I first started. My problem was that I was out of shape and I did not have the skills to handle the technical portions. I have become fit and have improved my skills and I have to say that these trails rock. In mountain bike country these trails would probably be considered moderate due to some of the steep but short climbs. Once you learn the trails well enough to ride the downhills at a decent pace, the uphills aren't as bad. As for the horse dung, I have never really thought of it is as a problem. It's better than dog or goose crap in my book. The horses do tend to tear the trails up in the spring when it is a little wet. As for Dan from Naperville, you probably have a problem with having to wash the dirt off your bike after a ride too. I'm sure there are no "road apples" on your paved bike paths in Naperville, so maybe you should just stay there. The guy from Fort Wayne (the real arm pit of the universe) has to realize that the trails are closed so idots like him don't go out and rut it up after it rains.

Recommended Route:
If you are a a beginner start with the 1.5 mile trail. The main trail is about 5 miles with an additional 1 optional mile loop. Counter Clockwise is earier. There is a section of no very steep uphill going counter clockwise with a root that I can not negotiate yet.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Sylivan Slough (spelling?) Scott County Park.



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Review Date
September 28, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: pete ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I rode this with my wife and we had a great time. If you are a stud and want a good hard quick workout, the 5 mile loop will do you well. If you are a beginner, you can always walk if need be. The hills are pretty stout but I would be more concerned with some of the downhill areas. They have a few sharp turns at the bottom. We rode ccw. Have fun, be safe. The rating of 3 is because the skill of the rider will determine the difficulty.



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Review Date
August 28, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: kkdstoll ,  Cross Country Rider , from North Liberty, IA

Summary:
I ride at Sugar Bottom Recreation area for the most part (great trail system). However when Sugar closed for the season 12/1 I head to Loud Thunder. This also is a great trail system (despite previous reviews) Much more technical than Sugar, with lots of steep hills (ravines), this trail is well worth the 1 1/2 hour drive. The horse@#$! is not a problem in the late fall and winter when I ride, although there are a few spots that are rough (the practice loop) due to horses.

Recommended Route:
The gate is closed after Thanksgiving so park at the lot on HWY 92. Ride in past the closed gate to the horse corral, trailhead is at the south end of the open field past the corral. Clockwise is a little more difficult.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Sugar Bottom Recreation Area (ICORR rules!) Sockum Ridge in Washington, IA



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