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Waterfall Glen

Average Rating:    (4.25 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 8

9.2mi of packed gravel, with tons of trails diverting off the main trail through woods, mud, rock, ravines, hills, etc. Total trails are way too numerous to count. Main trail is excellent for XC, and the more unimproved side trails will challenge just about any taste at any level. Everyone can enjoy this ride. Scenery is beautiful, wildlife abundant (deer, squirrels, birds, etc), and facilities are all very well kept.
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Latitude
41.725077388439516
Longitude
-87.9733657836914
Trail Directions
Take Cass Ave. South past RT 55
Trail Length
9.2mi
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Darien
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Review Date
May 19, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Bob ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Question ? Along side the trail are some old what's left of some buildings one has LPN on it another has LPS 1821 on it anyone know anything about them ?

Recommended Route:
standard 9.5/10 mile route

Other recommended trails in the same area:
nothing comes to mind



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Review Date
March 29, 2011

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: huskydude ,  Downhiller

Summary:
trail is 9.5-10 mile loop. there are maps as you go along the way which is good and we have actually used it on every Y path we encountered. the trail is very wide that you can fit a mid size car. trail is not technical at all. it's like your everyday bike path but 3x wider and unpaved. i would not advice this trail after a rainy day as the track will be very soft.

Recommended Route:
recommended route would be counter clockwise.



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Review Date
May 18, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: HimalayanRider ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
In addition to a 8-foot double wide gravel trial, Waterfall Glen offers awesome scenery, railroads, marshes, historical buildings and last but not least, several smaller single track fire roads that are mostly used for horses. (most of these are unmarked and off limits)
On the main gravel trial, you have some good fast downhills and also some steep climbs. Great place for cross country practice and a good cardio workout... Watch out for hikers...The tracks are a good insurance against rain, was very dry even after rains...There are maps at key points along the main trial. I took a couple of detours into side tracks and enjoyed them a lot...There is also a two way single tracks along the railroad along the Des plaines river, with some fast sections...overall, a great place to enjoy quality mountain biking!

Recommended Route:
I started from the South Lemont road parking area(1 mile south of I55) which is less crowded. You can also try the Cass Ave parking lot

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Palos (3 ravines, gravity cavity, pipeline)



Comments
vxs (06/17/2010)
any trail narower than than 8-feet is off limits to bikers in this park. The main trail gives you nice workout.
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Review Date
April 1, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: theheavyone ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
As stated by other posts the Waterfall Glen loop is far from a technical ride, ten miles of doudle wide crushed limestone trail. The large upside to this loop is the fact you can ride it in just about any weather, it drains quite quickly and even when wet it will not bog you down. Great for when Palos is a bog in the Spring.
Waterfall Glen has some good climbs and fast shoots, which makes for a great cardio workout, i will work up to a double even triple loop for a fantastic hard workout....remember just because it's a double wide trail and you are a hardcore mountain biker, don't be "to cool" and not try this trail. It's a great off season training or mid week change of pace ride.

Recommended Route:
Just south of I-55 on Cass ave on the right hand side.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Palos



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Review Date
November 25, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: dkaros ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
9.2 miles traversing some of the most beautiful area of Chicago. It is just north of Lemont which is in part of a river valley. Moderate rolling terrain. Not our usual glacier flat land like we are used to in the area.

Remember, this is not Colorado. It isn't even Wisconsin. So for the Chicagoland area, this and Palos are as good as it gets.

Here is the website:


http://www.dupageforest.com/PRESERVES/waterfallglen.html


Note that this was not named for the man made waterfall. It was named after an early park president.


Namesake Mistake

Contrary to popular belief, the preserve was not named after the man-made waterfall in the Rocky Glen area. Instead, it was named in honor of Seymour "Bud" Waterfall, who was an early president of the District's Board of Commissioners.


Recommended Route:
Park at one of the many trail heads. There is a new parking area and trail head off Lemont road just north of the Hindu Temple of Greater Chicagoland.



Enjoy the colors, horses, runners, variety of rider, radio controlled airplane section and wildlife.



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