Level: Beginner
Length: 8 mi (12.9 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Other
Elevation: -
Total: 20 riders

Mountain Biking Chicago River North Branch Trail

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#92 of 108 mountain bike trails in Illinois
#11833 in the world

The trail is technical although covered with fallen trees that only Hans Rey could get over. If it has recently rained the trail disappears so choose your time wisely.

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • No Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • No Restrooms 
Getting there
Take 94 to dempster then go north on dempster to the river follow the river the trail runs alongside it.
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  • NoLoTeks

    I know this is a Singletracks.com review, but I have to give this Trail (rather multi-use path) a higher rating even as a local MTB rider. The path excels for conditioning workouts simply due to its multi-location access to many many miles of well maintained asphalt path. A few bridge and hill climbs too. I've ridden it on my Trek Fuel EX 9.8 but preferred to save my precious Maxxis skins for shredding at Palos, Raceway, etc. (go CAMBR.org). So I bought a road bike for conditioning especially as I don't ride single track round here when trails are muddy. Ride on! Whatever you ride!

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  • *

    No inclines or declines, the trail is pretty much strait the whole time with no elevation

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  • Uptownc

    It's barley rideable - just patchy sections are able to be ridden, but for the city - you can find a way to hammer out some miles and practice some technique.

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  • PaulMiller

    Dempster runs east/west go east from 94. This trail runs along side the paved trail and the river.The trail is short and breaks up.

    * Review edited 4/15/2010* Review edited 4/15/2010

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  • Tones23

    I ride these trails almost daily. There are several that split off from the main bridal trail. Some are much more difficult and technical than others. If your up for a challenging ride, take these side trails after a heafty rain. They stay passable, but give you a good workout. You will need a hose after it! Some of the trails closer to the river are washed out due to recent flodding, but several remain intact. most of them are pretty deep in the woods considering the urban area you're actually in.

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