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Panther Creek Jim Edgar

Average Rating:    (2.8 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 10

Newly cut trail meandering and rolling in and out of wooded area near lake line and surrounding meadows.
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Latitude
39.996585880995035
Longitude
-90.05699157714844
Trail Directions
Do a search for the Springfield Artea Mountain Biking ASSN. Directions contained there-in.
Trail Length
17 miles
Trail Level
Beginner
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Ashland/Springfield
   


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Review Date
August 14, 2012

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: Travis ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
My first time riding this trail. I had heard it is full of thorns and possibilities for flats. 2 miles in, I got a flat front tire. Ranger picked me up and he said they get a lot of flats out there. He didn't know what to do about it He called it Locusts.
Other than the thorns (Locusts) the ride was going great. Very wide path and nice for the casual rider or if you like to run hard and fast, you can do that too.
Bring patch and extra tubes.



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Review Date
August 20, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Brewboy74 ,  Racer

Summary:
I ride this trail about 1 to 2 times a week. I have most likely riden it more than anyone. With that said it is a nice trail for central illinois. Fast non-technical race track of a trail. Its real challenge is the length, at 17 miles its a real challenge for the casual rider. I have done a number of double laps on this trail and it is a tough ride. Carry a spare tube and patch kit, or beter yet run a tubless system with stans. I have ridden all year on my bike without a flat with stans. I love to train on this trail, its close to springfield and fun to ride.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Jubilee, Farmdale, Independence, Chubb.



Comments
Brewboy74 (06/30/2009)
A bit of an update on Prairie lake trail. I rode this yesterday. It has gone downhill. The prairie sections are rough. It doesn't seem to be getting enough use to keep the trail bed. It's too bad but I don't think I will be going back to ride it again.
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Review Date
July 7, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Samba Guy , from Central Illinois

Summary:
This trail is deserving of a higher rating than one time riders have given it. It's not technical but as a frequent rider of it I can say it has a certain difficulty all it's own. It's fast, twisty, and has lots of steep short climbs. Flats have never been much of a problem for me. Don't blame the trail if your not smart enough to carry a spare tube or patch kit. For those that complain that it's too bumpy, show me a new trail that's not! The more it's ridden the smoother it becomes.

Recommended Route:
Counter clock-wise strating at the trail-head.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Kickapoo, Jubilee, Farmdale, Comlara



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Review Date
July 3, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Keith Kinney , from Athens, IL

Summary:
A fun ride, but the prarie grass got a little old at times. Take some "off" repellent you'll need it. If you stop in the grass watch out for the ticks, I found 10 crawlers throughout the ride. One flat tire, from a small thorn. Excellent workout regardless.

Recommended Route:
Go across the dam, its much less confusing then the other direction. There are some forks in the trail if you go counterclockwise that are somewhat misleading.



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Review Date
July 1, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Shawn McKinney , from Springfield, Illinois

Summary:
This trail lends itself well to a fast rider that can handle sharp turns. Because of its rather long length, 17 miles, you will likely only encounter mountain bikers on the east side of Prairie Lake or anywhere farther than a few miles from the campgrounds on the west side. Great intermediate trail for someone looking to ride for about two hours. The fastest recorded lap was about 1 hour 10 minutes. The trail was built by the Springfield Area Mountain Bike Association but was designed by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources so that they could mow the grass along the whole length of the trail to keep the tics and poison ivy at bay. This accounts for the lack of logs or other more technical features. The prairie sections are getting better with more use while the singltrack in the woods is hard packed and smooth. On June 22, 2003 SAMBA held a MTB race on this trail with 100 racers and only a few flat tires were reported. I will say that the reported problems with flats are much less likely now and most local riders can ride the trail several times without a problem. If you ride in the early season, soon after the trail opens each year on April 15, the thorns are worse. Remember, a real mountain biker always rides prepared and carries tubes, a pump, and for this trail a lot of water because there is none available on the trail after you leave the campground area. I am giving this trail a rather high rating because I helped build it and because of its the longest trail in Central Illinois.

Recommended Route:
From the trail head, go clockwise across the dam to reach the more interesting singletrack on the east side of Prairie Lake at the beginning of your ride. The trail can be riden in either direction. You can get to a shorter loop with a lot of singletrack off of Sittler Road. Visit www.sambariders.org for more info and directions.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
During the summer of 2003, SAMBA will complete a shorter, more technical trail at this park that wraps around Drake Lake and can be riden now. However, be prepared for more flat tires until it is finished.



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