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Wallin Woods / Mather Woods

Average Rating:    (3.75 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 4

Not for beginners. Many logs, wood plank bridges, and obstacles. Part of the trail single track in the woods, part in the weeds. There is a ravine that is fast and great to explore. Many trails to explore; they all seem to criss cross.
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Latitude
41.594584137418856
Longitude
-88.22630882263183
Trail Directions
Trail is just SouthWest of Downtown Plainfield. Take RT 126/30 to Van Dyke and go South. Take Van Dyke all the way until it ends. You will see the trail head where Van Dyke dead ends.
Trail Length
2-8?
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Plainfield
Zip/Postal Code
60544
Country
USA
   


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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
October 21, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Big T ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Trail has been cleaned up and sees a fair amount of traffic now, so it is running smooth. All loops are open. The Bowl is smooth and fast as ever. Great local trail.

Recommended Route:
South end of Van Dyke or off Renwick west of the one-lane bridge.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Palos. Saw wee kee. Knoch Knolls.



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Review Date
July 17, 2008

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: jojomtn ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I ride this once a month because I live around the area. There are some steep downhills, few log jumps, and some uphill riding to do to keep you interested for an hour. The trail is short which makes it a bit of a drag. The place has so much potential to be more technical, but as of now its just mediocre. Then again maybe Im just used to mtbr.com 4.50 rated trails. There is a creek that makes the scenery better. Some wild rabbits, deers and other critters makes it a nice place to explore. You can bring newbies here to give them a feel of what mountain biking is. Of course you dont bring them to the harder paths. Anyways, I wish we could get some guys to bring this trail to its fullest potential. Hopefully this trail wont be put to waste. Now stop reading and ride.

Recommended Route:
Just ride and ride. If you think you can make that 1st steep downhill on your left, then take that route and ride aimlessly.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
saw wee kee



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Review Date
October 4, 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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Reviewed by: bajoeyt ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Unlike the singletracks of Knoch Knolls this has many different trails that branch off into different areas. Sections that I rode my first time out I did not even find when riding in Wallin Woods for two hours during my second trip. There logs across the trail that if you do not have enough speed to at least wheelie you'll have to stop and walk your bike over. There is also a great deal of inclines and declines. It is a great place to practice climbing skills. If you are looking for variety to following a set singletrack this is the place.

I called Plainfield's village hall and spoke with the Planning Department. They said that it is "planned" to extend Van Dyke Road but she could not give me a timeframe. When asked if we're looking at three years out she said she does not think it will be that far off. For the time being lets all enjoy this adventurous trail.



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Review Date
October 4, 2004

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: baudler ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This was a very interesting trail. It is all single-track and very technical. You can tell that it was at one time well maintained but it is now neglected. I hope that we can get some riders out here that know about trail maintenance. The trail starts out weaving through trees with a variety of logs, rocks, and ditches. There is a creek that has some neat plank bridges that someone built. Be careful on single planks that you may come across. I tried riding across a 2x6 and it broke. I now have an inner thigh that looks like a cheese grater was ran across it from being caught in my back tire. I found a few plank ramps also. You have to look for “The Canyon” which is a ravine with some wicked fast, steep downhill. Better wear a helmet!! Be prepared to get off your bike and climb in a few places. I don’t know if there’s a biker good enough to not have to get off their bike at some point.
One part of the trail that I didn’t like was to the far south west of the woods. It would be a fun track, but it is so overgrown with thorn bushes. WARNING: Do NOT wear shorts or short sleeves; I have pictures if you want to know why. I think that with a little trail maintenance we could get that trail back to what it was. Rumor has it that there is a teeter-tawter out there somewhere.
I do recommend this trail, it just needs a little work. I’d say is has the potential of being superior to Knoch Knolls. Bad news though, it looks like they are going to have Van Dyke road go all the way through to Renwick road. That would cut through the center of the ravine and destroy the trail. Maybe someone reading this had a connection with the forest preserve and we can get the area protected.
Feel free to email me if you would like to meet out there some weekend, mark@baudler.us

Recommended Route:
So many ways to explore. Watch out for thorn bushes at the far south west end.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Knoch Knolls, Waterfall Glen, Palos



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