Des Plaines River trail

3.40 out of 5
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↑ 300 ft
↓ 300 ft

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Trail Description
About this trail
This trail is a multi-use gravel double track with lots of singletrack connected. The singletrack is well built (although overgrown) with lots of logs and log roll-overs
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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System Trails (1)
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Des Plaines River trail singletrack
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Recent Trail Check-ins     (54 total check-ins)
  NoLoTeks   on Oct 4, 2019
  mvanbergen   on Sep 15, 2019
  Michael Pobst   on Aug 28, 2019
  Michael Pobst   on Aug 25, 2019
  Michael Pobst   on Aug 22, 2019
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Reviews (9)

Granny Gear

August 2, 2018
Mr. Minor Granny Gear  
Review: Excellent condition despite pouring rain earlier today. Very wide trail, not single track. Well marked. Went about 20 miles total in 1:44. Note, in the 10 mile stretch Beck Lake to about Half Day Rd, saw a single water pump; bring your own.

Granny Gear

August 24, 2017
m1911a1fan Granny Gear  
Review: In town for a meeting and need a trail to ride this will work. It's nothing super exciting but it's better than sitting in a motel room. Only found a couple of good spots the rest was smooth and more of a foot path, but I was short on time. The single tracks are well maintained and packed hard. Weird you're in the city and can hear the traffic but feel like you're deep in a forest. Nice place for an easy ride


July 16, 2017
gr8fulride Gramcounter  
Review: Miles of trail. The best singletrack I rode was badly in need of some grooming. Had a fun day there

Granny Gear

May 14, 2017
Review: Love these trails, Grew up riding these tree covered trails. Grogeous views surround these trails sending sunbeams thru the tree canopy. Can get a bit buddy south of Lawrence ave. but, it can only help you on your journey to more advanced trails!

Granny Gear

March 15, 2017
askic Granny Gear  
Review: Was out on this trail in 25 degree weather the weekend of March 12th 2017. Still in great condition and easy to navigate. I access the trails at Algonquin Rd. in Des Plaines because I can ride there from home. If traveling by car, there is lots of parking in the forest preserve spaces. Many side trails for riding that loop back to the main trail. Great for riders of all levels of experience.

Granny Gear

February 20, 2017
TOMKAT316 Granny Gear  
Review: I have been riding on this trail since 2014 and its been really fun all year round. I rode this trail when it was icy, wet, and dry and this trail is the worst when it is wet. But most the time this trail is smooth and easy. There are a couple off-trails here and there that you can go on for some fun.

Granny Gear

November 7, 2016
wright001 Granny Gear  
Review: Was a great fall ride, was sad to have missed the color change. Some great stretches right along the water. Path in great shape, and easy access with free parking lot.

Granny Gear

November 11, 2015
Holly T Granny Gear  
Review: This is a great trail for long rides to work on endurance. No obstacles or mountain biking "goodies" on the flat, wide, multi-use trail. Very easy to ride 30 miles in a couple of hours. I am surprised a local mountain biking club hasn't volunteered to add obstacles off the main trail since there is tons of potential in the wooded areas.


July 8, 2014
mtbrJosh Gnarly  
Review: The trail is a multi-purpose gravel double track. It is good for exercising, but isn't exiting or challenging.

The singletracks are good intermediate trails with lots of logs and log roll-overs but the trail is overgrown and a few of the log roll overs are poorly built.

Des Plaines River trail MTB Trail 3.40 out of 5 based on 9 ratings. 9 user reviews.
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