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Level: Beginner
Length: 10 mi (16.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +95/181 ft
Total: 83 riders

Mountain Biking Deer Grove

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#33 of 126 mountain bike trails in Illinois
#3,637 in the world

Popular mt. bike hang out in burbs of chi-town. Nothing to radical but well maintained and lots of deer. There are small hills to climb and you can get some excellent speeds on the downhills.
There are two loops, one located east of Queinten Rd. and the other is west, the latter is the trail of choice.
There is also a nice paved loop which goes past the model airplane feild.

First added by TrailAPI on May 21, 2013. Last updated May 5, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: yes
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From downtown Chicago go east on I-90 for 20 miles, exit 53 North (Rolling Meadows) 5 miles to Dundee Rd. exit and go left (west) 3 miles entrance on the left
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  • finerbiner

    Years ago, this was the 2nd most popular destination in Chicagoland. Sadly, uninformed environmentalists have ruined this place for anyone who does not want to ride mostly gravel. Go to Raceway Woods where they get it much better and are building fun trails.

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  • woyteg

    Yellow trail is a nice ride but there is a little challenge if you want to ride off trail. At around 3 mile marker you can take a shortcut to Orange trail. Few tree trunks, over the stream passes, climbs etc. Check out the winter video above to get a sense of it.

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  • Karen Kawsh Jackson

    It was quite muddy, but fun. Lots of fun hills to ride. Can't wait to ride it again when it's dry.

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  • BrockSloan

    This is a decent X-country trail. There are few uphill climbs aside from the occasional 20 foot embankment and opposite side. The actual paved track affords some speed in the downhill (short) portions. Most of the trails are double track, although there are some single track, mostly closed to bikes. Which is odd, considering most exits say the trail is closed to bikes. Hard to tell where you are throughout the trails, i bring a GPS but rarely get a good signal and its not accurate enough to gauge where I really am. Spent about 12 hours total on the east tracks last week. They were in good condition, some pooling water at the bottom of some of the declines, but nothing you cant negotiate your way around. Good for beginners, nothing difficult about this side at all. Ill report on the west side of Quentin rd later in the week when it drys up.

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  • John Ludwig

    Good place to ride. Not challenging but great for getting in a ride to check out new equipment. Trails can get muddy and the park district asks riders to stay off if you can see your tire track. The asphalt section can be a a good workout if you want it to be.

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  • markcelicious

    Good ride for an afternoon work out. It has some up/down hill sections but nothing too difficult a beginner couldn't handle.

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  • mbike3695

    Small amount of dirt single track open which is fun otherwise it is all crushed stone. There is some single track in the inside of the preserve but it is all closed to bikes.

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  • DMbBiker6

    Hit the trail this morning. not much single track that is ride able(Most shut down to bikers) but if you don't want to go far and you want just that little feeling of riding down the trails deer grove is the place to be; but don't expect anything amazing.
    Also there is one single track in the front of the park that is ok and one on the other side of quentin road that is quite alright as well.

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  • aaronwhite3000

    Fun place to ride when you don't have the time to travel. The trails are wide, and there are a lot of users (bikers, hikers, and dog walkers). There are spots that are just mud pits, but overall a dry ride. The only singletrack I found was on the east side of the forest preserve, within a stand of tulip poplar!

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  • Alistair19

    it's all over now... don't go back. Every single good trail has been shut down this month.

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  • stillfat

    Just rode this for the first time in about a dozen years. Looks like they've sensibly closed down (by means of an 8ft chain link fence!) the BMX mudpit down by the creek which was severely eroded even 15 years ago.

    Deer Grove loops and loops and loops. You never really know where you are but you're never more than a mile and a half from where you started. They've built a bunch of log obstacles/jumps which make things kind of interesting. There's really no climbing or descending to speak of other than a few pedal strokes up a steep enbankment or two. Lots of trail closures, but these are really pretty ineffective as you often enter a legal trail and then always seem to exit by a sign that says "no bikes" - hard to tell what's open and what's closed. Overall, something to do if you're (god forbid) stuck in the Chicago 'burbs, but these make far better x-country ski trails than mtn. bike trails.

    * Review edited 3/28/2012

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  • efields83

    Rode today! Loved it!

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  • Adam_Anitum

    Deer Grove is not what it used to be because of overuse, poor management, and people deciding to make there own trails. almost all of the good trails are off limits. whats left still isn't so bad. nice trails to hit when not to many people are out so you can really move. lots of down trees to jump. also a fair amount of fire road to get a little warm up and cool down.

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