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Rock Cut

Average Rating:    (3.82 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 33

A nice variety of single track, fire road and bush whacking. None of the trails are very challenging but they can be run very fast.
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Latitude
42.34890273159866
Longitude
-88.98719787597656
Trail Directions
Once you get into Rock Cut State Park, you cannot miss the trails
Trail Length
10+ miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Rockford
   


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Review Date
May 26, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: George A ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Just spent the Memorial Day weekend camping at this park and was surprised by the good mountain biking available. I grew up in the Northeast so not too techinical due to lack of big hills but the trails are very good, both the wide paths and single track. My young boys and I rode over 40 miles over the three day weekend. Their first real mountain biking adventure. We will be going back soon. For a holiday weekend it was not crowded at all except for the paved trail in the middle of the park. The map you get at the park is not very good since it is all one color. I suggest printing out the map from this website which is multi color. Also there are trails that are not on the map that make it difficult to get you bearings at first. After two days we had the whole park figured out.

Recommended Route:
Do not know any trail names but the single track is alot of fun with many twists and turns and logs to go over. We ended up naming the trails ourselves and our favorites were Turkey trail to the west of the many park road, and the Garden Trial which is in the far west end of the park,heading east the trail head says T43.



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Review Date
December 2, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: rfeather ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
My 16 year old son and I rode some of the trails while visiting for Thanksgiving. The recent couple of reviews were accurate. Up here around Houghton MI the trails often have a map posted at some of the trail intersections. That would have been nice, maybe they would'nt last long, though. So print out a map if you're new. We rode for about an hour, then quit because my son was bored. They were fun enough for this old codger. I agree some of the trails look fast, but we had to take it easy because of icy spots. We saw more riders on the trails than we see up here in the summer so it must get busy on summer weekends and evenings.



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Review Date
May 19, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Doc D ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I hit up Rock Cut for the first time recently. Nice trails and excellent campground. Nothing too difficult but really fun place to ride.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Palos
Kettle



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Review Date
March 20, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: fotobowles ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This trail hasn't been updated in three years so here we go. I ride this trail at least 2 to 3 times a week. There are a good selection of single and doubletrack. In the quarry by Perryville Road there are three to four very technical decents with lots of rocks. Very fun and challenging. The Rock Cut Trail Crew, www.rctrailcrew.org, has placed trail maps at most of the major trail heads so riders can monitor where they are.
There are about 8-15 miles of trails depending on how you ride. Some sand on the hills, like the one called Heart Rate, or on the double track by the lake heading east towards I-90.
Overall a fun trail for beginners and single track for the more experienced.

Recommended Route:
Split Tree and quarry runs. Lots of fun singletrack.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Kettle Moraine, WI



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Review Date
June 1, 2005

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: strumminsix ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Single track and doubles here in there. Each time I've been there it's been during dry spells. All areas were not difficult to traverse. A few great root climbs and dessents along the perimeter. Great for beginners, intermediates, and anyone more experienced looking to just ride because there are lots of trails.

The single tracks are okay, but they do branch and getting lost is a possibility. Check out the map and use your head. It ain't rocket science. Best advice on navigation is to be logical. For some reason, the trails look very different at different times of the day and very different from each direction. I know, I know many do, this one more than others, IMO.

Recommended Route:
Main park entrance off Harlem near the lake. Cross the bridge, and cut over to trails accross from the bathrooms by the picnic area.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
In the area....
MTB - Deer Grove (West for XC & fire w/some single, East for more adventurous riders who will explore all the possible trails - and there are some fun ones!)
Leisure - Fox River (Easy paved / crushed limestone)

Going furthur MTB (cuz Leisure can be anywhere) - Palos or John Muir



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