September 28, 2015
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.
kettle moraine south- john muir