Palos Hills

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AVERAGE RATING
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3.94 out of 5
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Intermediate
30
miles

Singletrack
↑ 900 ft
↓ 900 ft
732
elevation (ft)

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Trail Description
About this trail
Several miles of trails with varying difficulty, tough singletrack, log jumps, steep climbs and downhills. some trails are shared with equestrian riders.
added by Guest January 1, 2003
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: Is this bmx rider friendly? -bigfoot4x4

A: Sure you can ride your bmx but you're going to struggle on the rough climbs. No big jumps here.

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Reviews (51)
 

Granny Gear

August 14, 2016
johnny90 Granny Gear  
 
Review: Solid trails...lots of options! ??'?

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Granny Gear

August 10, 2016
Justmad Granny Gear  
 
Review: The trails here are well made and the Cambr organization commits many hours to building and maintaining them. Cambr's promotional efforts, word of mouth and social media over the past 5-10 years have resulted in a significant surge in mountain bikers as well as other trails users, i.e. hikers, runners, and equestrians. New facilities constructed there such as the new camp grounds and Boat House Rentals at Bull Frog and Maple Lakes have also generated significant interest in the area. As a result the trails can be conjested. Trails are non-directional which makes for some precarious encounters between users. Be alert and prepared to stop at a moments notice. Accept the fact that you will have to scrub speed by as much as 80% when hitting blind corners. Also be aware of uneducated riders who have not yet learned, or refuse to employ proper trail etiquette, and do not know how to share non-directional trails. Riding during the week will result in the best riding experience. Weekends have far too many Mtbrs and other trail users which can make for a frustrating, unsafe ride. Also note, that signage is poor and non-bike users do not always realize these trails are frequented by Mountain Bikers. Riders are encouraged to make their presence known so as to not startle other users. As a side note, the Cambr organization is aware of the dangers arising from over crowded trails and suggests that congested trails pose a solid argument to add more singletrack and improve upon the ratio of rider / trail dispersion. Unfortunately the buzz created by new singletrack in the densely populated Chicagoland area defeats this argument as new trail construction increases rider turnout, and not just a little. The downside to Palos is that it does not boast large continuous loops that allow for greater trail user dispersion like other prominent trail systems. And the fact is the Palos Triangle is already too interwoven for a non-directional trail system and additional trails will only bring about more congestion and escalate trail user conflict. Of course on the positive side, new trail construction does boost Cambr membership and does ramp up workday attendance, but the end result is more trail users and disappointing rides. One could conclude that adding new trails at Palos is the equivalent of adding a new "attraction" at Great America. Unfortunately, to sustain the growing number of riders, eliminate user conflict, and reduce the County's exposure to liability, the trails would almost certainly have to be changed to "one-way"...something Cambr and the County would deem a daunting (if not impossible) task. So in the alternative, the easiest, least costly decision for the county to make is to close the trails to the Mountain Bikers altogether. The likelyhood of increased accidents among trail users is inevidible and Cambr should not take this matter lightly. The promotion of Cambr / Palos should be tapered significantly and trail work should be limited to routine trail maintenance alone. It's just common sense. If the Palos riding community doesn't put a stop to this irresponsible "Marketing" of it's trails, the situation at Palos will continue to deteriorate to the point of no return and we will lose this valuable mountain biking resource.

Similar Trail: Saweekee, Ft. Custer, Kickapoo, Kettle Moraine

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Bunny Hop

March 8, 2016
 
Review: These are my home court trials. They are all I really know, but they keep me riding and enjoying my Moutain Bike. Lots of hills, twists and turns to keep it interesting.

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Gramcounter


October 31, 2015
 
Review: Fun fast and flowy hard pack!

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Trailblazer


October 12, 2015
 
Review: The Palos trails system is top notch, there are so many trails to ride, really something for everyone. I rode the Palos Meltdown Race loop but there are more trails here than this. I kind of enjoyed some of the double track and dirt road connectors, it's a great place to catch up with friends before any shredding you feel like doing starts up, a nice mix. I'll echo what others say about usage - these trails are busy so don't plan on strava-ing out on the weekend! I would have given 4 stars if it was set up more like a competitive stacked loop with directional usage. They also have camping here now so it's pretty cool just getting up in the morning and going for a ride - at bullfrog lake. We brought our RV here for a week as we roadschool our boys across the US. Gates close at 10PM.

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Granny Gear

October 11, 2015
 
Review: This place sucked a bucket of buttholes. Stupid ass people walking dogs and shit on the trails like who in the fuck invited you. No good maps... no Directions or arrows. You have to stop every 3 minutes and no one calls out how many are in the group or anything. I would have rather been in church..

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Granny Gear

September 28, 2015
 
Review: Mountain biking trails are very difficult to find in the Chicago area. In case anyone hasn't noticed, the glaciers were not as friendly to us as they were to our neighbors to the north, on the other side of the cheddar curtain. My son mountain biked with his boy scouts group at the kettle moraine south, winning the award "most eager to get injured", which made me apprehensive to take him without reviewing it myself first. I ran the trails on foot the day before, the "out and back", the "gravity cavity", and finding some nuclear landmarks. Great run. I felt there were spots that were very challenging, but doable for a 12 year old. It ended up being a very rewarding day of mounting biking for the both of us. Again, you have to consider the area, and for being so busy, so close to Chicago where there's nothing but flat for hundred mile radius, these trails were awesome. I found it comparable to the kettle moraines in difficulty, although not as safe with the 2-way traffic in Palos. Riders are very considerate (on a busy Sunday), everyone was heads up and calling out how many in their group, polite and under control.

I'll be checking out the Saw Week Kee park or whatever it's called in Oswego soon to compare.

Similar Trail: kettle moraine south- john muir

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September 5, 2015
Guest   
 
Review: This is my second season of MTBing after many years of road cycling. Most of my experience is at Palos, with some rides at Kettle Moraine in WI. This is the most extensive trail system in the area, and therefore very popular. The trails have varying levels of difficulty so you can get the challenge you're looking for no matter your skill level. The trails are generally in good shape, although more maintenance would be beneficial (my understanding is that it is maintained strictly by volunteers). You could easily spend an entire day riding Palos with little or no repetition. Here are a few criticisms that may be useful for you: 1) The trails are poorly marked and new riders will likely get lost. That really seems like an easy thing to fix, but I'm guessing it's not on the worklist. 2) The trails are ridden in both directions. I HATE this. It's very dangerous and detracts from your enjoyment level. Numerous times I have hit a section of trail where I would like to go flat out but hesitate because I'm constantly looking for oncoming traffic. You will see that experienced riders have a protocol of calling out to one another, which is helpful but stops short of being safe. I frankly can't believe they allow this. 3) The trails seem to take a long time to dry out after a rain. Check out conditions before heading out, you may be wasting your time. 4) The mosquito population at Palos is second only to Alaska. If you have to stop during the height of the season you will immediately be covered by insects. 5) The roads leading into the preserve are tricky, check a map carefully if you're new to the park. Happy riding.

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Doubletrack


August 22, 2015
triton189 Doubletrack  
 
Review: Well maintained trails, thank you CAMBR! My wife and I love riding the yellow trail and mix in the black out and back with it for a nice 10 mile workout. When I really want to push myself I will also Include the orange trail which is technically tougher for almost a 16 mile ride. I then take my aching 53 year old body home for a few well deserved cold ones.

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Granny Gear

August 9, 2015
jsturgie Granny Gear  
 
Review: I love this trail system. It is fast and flowy, not super technical but has a few good climbs that will leave your legs burning. I found it helpful to color code my trail map cause the trail names aren't written on the markers when you're out there.

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Palos Hills MTB Trail 3.94 out of 5 based on 51 ratings. 51 user reviews.
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