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Wilmot Mountain

Average Rating:    (3.75 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 8

Ski Hill Trail with some recently cut singletrack. The ski hill climb is sandy and rocky and the single track is smooth dirt, rocks, and some wood chips. Downhill section is short but fast. Cost is $8 to ride and supposedly has lift priviledges. The trail is open to mountain bikes for the first time in 1999.
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Latitude
42.492985475830444
Longitude
-88.1924057006836
Trail Directions
From Chicago, Take I-94 North to County Highway C West. Take Highway C West to Highway W South. Wilmot Mountain Ski Resort is on the left 1/2 mile. Near the Wisconsin-Illinois border on the map.
Trail Length
4-5 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Wilmot
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Review Date
September 10, 2004

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: skathrein ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Just called and was told that the Wilmot trails are now closed and have been for a couple of years now.

Recommended Route:
None

Other recommended trails in the same area:
None



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Review Date
February 14, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Kevin T Niesen , from Union Grove

Summary:
I race the WORS series and this was part of the 2001 race season but has changed for 2002. This was probably one of the hardest in the WORS series. I train on this three times a week and it has made me a lot better racer. This course has every thing lots of hard single track and up hill that will test everything that you ever new about Mountain biking and a downhill that will test your brakes @ 45 MPH. I love this place but with shaky managment I,m not sure if they will be open for 2002. if anyone knows if they are opened for 2002 please E-mail me. Best advise is to buy a season pass and use this if you live in South east Wisconsin or Northern Ill. It kicks ass and is worth the drive. Kevin T Niesen kniesen@yahoo.com

Recommended Route:
HWY 45 to Wimont road then head west to the signs!



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Review Date
July 4, 2001

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: PTEX , from Schaumburg, IL

Summary:
This place is cool but over by state line run will take you to a trail that runs around gander mountain. If you haven't ridden here imagine exhibition (ski trail on right next to quad chair) only tight singletrack. This would be better if they'd cut the grass. B-lining the hill is the best. It's best on a full suspension with a lot of travel. Be careful stopping at 40 to 50 mph on grass is like a slip and slide. This place has potential but Wilmont has very unstable managment.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Gander MT, Kettle



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Review Date
March 29, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: chris gruber , from Gurnee, IL.

Summary:
I have rarely seen more than one or two riders besides myself ...on the weekends! You can also ride straight up the mountains if you like..or can.
There are 4 distinct areas of riding here. You can easily add distance to your total ride by combining them all. Trail markers would be of immense help as there are some hidden gems (trails) that greatly add to the fun and challenge. The first area, provided you go right thru the fence, drops you into a very steep, single track trail that is full of fallen trees, rocks, roots, over hanging branches and some short but sweet downhills followed by a crazy switchback on a sick angle for an intermediate. Follow the very tight trail (some drop-offs on left) for about a mile of winding technical dense forest that will spit you out into a semi open glade. From here look sharp for the trails on your right...hard to see but on your second loop you'll know where to go and you can add some real speed on the rolling hills. This section is not as technical but moves real quick and adds variety. From here you can move staright to the backside of the first ski mountains and go down them (real fun but shortens the ride) or head off on the gravel road just south of the second section just spoken of. Follow it past the gravel pit and just after it, take a left onto real scenic, prairie single track. You will lose some momentum here as it is a soft ride, usually into the wind. Very pretty though. At the end of this there will be a nice sized hill. At the bottom there are some more criss-cross trails. Explore here! There are three trails here outside the pit. One goes down into the pit, one goes up above it and adds some technical track and extends the ride a bit and a third goes around the pit entirely to the mountain opening. Go up the side first and there is a great drop-off as your reward, and then angle sharply right and down into the pit (there IS a sign here). Careful, here as rock abounds...you will pick up speed and when you hit the bottom the less adventurous can go left on the marked trail or if you can navigate a camel hump jump...go right and head thru the pit at your leisure. Make your way up to the gravel road (dust choaker and sizable rocks make for a slow ride) to the opening of the ski hills and either go down or, if you want to climb and add distance , go right and CLIMB! Keep climbing until you reach the furthest hilltop and prepare yourself for a very thrilling 10 second plunge down the ski hill! Don't be too tight /forward on the bike because the bunny hills for skiing tend to launch you airborne. I have seen pro's that absolutely flew down that hill.They seemed to fly ! (Note:I saw one heavy guy on a 5000.00 bike that would have made me a millionaire if I had had a camera rolling as he tumbled down half the mountain!)At the bottom go thru the utility bldg. gap and out onto the plain by te pond and veer right hard and descend a tight/steep hill to the peat bog! It's not really a peat bog but it seems like it. Lots of twists and turns as well as technical areas. Dense forest and lots of shadow and mosquito here. This area lasts a while and I found it very beneficial to ride it before hitting more advanced areas around the country as it forces you to RIDE the bike, picking your way thru etc. There are a few more sections that are a little less descript but very pretty and add some more distance tot he trip and a good place to cool down before going again. There are alot of unmarked trails here. This place could be truly awesome if we all support it. I have been down a couple of unmarked trails and they can be a waste of time or out of my league with lots of sand and drop-offs. Good luck and have fun.

Recommended Route:
When you leave the skate park (pay 8.00 for the day or get a season pass which makes it alot cheaper if you live in the area) head North to the gravel path and begin going up the side of the first ski mountain. Be alert becasue on the right is a easily concealed entrance in the fence...if you are looking for the more advanced ride...enter there! Just follow the single track and ride.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Kettle Moiraine



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Review Date
July 28, 2000

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Josh , from IL

Summary:
Some good ridding but unfortunately half of it was closed due to construction. The price is a bit expensive($8). Some of the trail markings had been tampered with but it didn't matter much. Generally a good ride...just remember to bring water and an extra tube...

Recommended Route:
When you park go up to the right side of the ski hill and climb until you come to a ski lift. If you climb up between the two hill tops of this and come around the back of the hill on your right again you can get some excellent speed on the way down. This will also lead right into the experts section.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Kettle Moraine



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