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Saw Nee Key Forest Preserve

Average Rating:    (4.83 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 6

Roller coaster steep single track. Mostly 5-10'' up and down hills; One trail has two 20'' 45 deg ravines. A lot of roots, few logs. Trails seem to be cut from time to time. Horses also use trails. The trails are rocky and dry out fast. Forest preserve is long and narrow running E-W. There are two long trails along either edge. There are at leasst 5 trails that cross between the border trails. The cross trails have the hills.
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Latitude
41.65418855213648
Longitude
-88.40560913085937
Trail Directions
From I-88 and Orchard, S. on Orchard 10 miles. Turn right one block before route 71. Follow road until you enter forest preserve. First parking area on the left is a good place to start. When you park you car note the direction of the adjacent shooting range (from the sound of gunfire). This helps to orient yourself later on and find your way back.
Trail Length
4 Miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Yorkville
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Review Date
August 22, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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2.00 of 5, 4.00 votes

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Reviewed by: A from Il ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
These trails are the easiest in Illinois. Its hard to tell the difference between SWK and the fox river trail. Dust of that killer Next or Magna and get out here. There is a Walmart in Montgomery so you can get a 29er with disc brakes if you think you need it.

Recommended Route:
Anywhere, just pedal like your running from La Migra.



Comments
finerbiner (11/10/2010)
Why are you trying to mislead novice riders? This is the most technical trail in the Chicago area by a long shot. Don't be an ass you'll get someone hurt.
tihsepa (04/15/2012)
Great review
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Review Date
December 2, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: dkaros ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The trail is 4 miles and located just off the river. Interesting layout with some of the trails being wide open, some along the river with minimal technical and some areas that are somewhat technically chanllenging.

The part that was challenging was a couple of areas that are a series of hills. They remind me of BMX type of hills. We rode on November 30 and conditions were a little wet but the trail was covered with leaves. The slight wetness made it difficult to ride because if you miss on the first hill, you will walk the subsequent hills. Also, all of us (4 riders) crashed at least twice because of the slight wetness.

We did check conditions and it was reported as dry and that it drys up quick. Also, I didn't think rained in the past few days.

I plan to go back under dry conditions. This trail was fun and challenging but I wish it was longer.

On one end of the trail there is a cable that has been cut or taken down. The other side of the cable seems to be private property. There is a pool there and a bunch of mobile homes. Stay out.



Recommended Route:
It is only 4 miles

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Palos



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Review Date
September 1, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: ShredArpeggioMan ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I have been trying to find trails like this in Illinois for a while! I have been riding at the John Muir trails in La Grange Wisconsin, and these trails put the John Muir trails to shame. (in my opinion, that is). These trails are the perfect combonation of quick singletrack riding, rolling rhythm sections, log crossings, hill climbs, and plenty of places to catch some air:) One thing that concerns me about these trails is the fact that there is no pattern to the trails. Meaning, you can ride them any way you want. Also, there are alot of 3,4 and 5 way intersections which could be a bit scary if youre not careful. But, aside from all that stuff, these trails are my new favorite! I cant wait to go back.

Recommended Route:
Park at the trail head, which is the first parking lot on the left (and the giant wood sign that says, "TRAIL HEAD" haha:) There is an outer trail that seems to outline the entire area, which is mostly rolling hills that are fun to blaze through at a high rate of speed. The real fun is the cross trails that connect from one side of the forest to the other. This is where all the steep stuff is at.



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Review Date
August 4, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: finerbiner ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Go to this trail to work on your technical riding skills. The constant up and down twisty nature requires a commitment to speed with control that no other illinois trails can match. Crashes can be nasty because many trails are rocky and ride narrow ridge tops so wear your pads and have a blast. Unlike anything else in this area

Recommended Route:
It's hard to get too lost because the area is not that large. Ride them all. A map is available at cambr.org

Other recommended trails in the same area:
palos



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Review Date
December 1, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Hand/of/Midas ,  Racer

Summary:
very unique, worth the drive to check it out, a knoledgeable guide helps though. its great for working on skills. SS riders do well here, because you never get a chance to shift anyway.

Recommended Route:
good guide.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
palos



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