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Level: Intermediate
Length: 7 mi (11.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +201/89 ft
Total: 54 riders
 

Mountain Biking East Lick Creek Trail

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#67 of 110 mountain bike trails in Illinois
#9279 in the world

This was a fun out-and-back including many root systems to navigate while you catch scenic glimpses of Lake Springfield. There are configured jumps and even the rickety makings of a small BC section. East Lick Creek's initial trail runs about 1.2 miles and dumps onto an unused section of old Route 66. As you exit the first section, ride left over an old bridge to find another, longer section of trails. These provided more enjoyment with tougher ups and switchbacks as well as one hefty log pile and plenty of deadfall to keep the ride interesting. This back section eventually loops back after about another 2-3 miles and spills back out to the Route 66 bridge. Take the first section back to the trailhead and continue south on the paved bike lane for Polecat Creek Trail.

First added by brettzero on Apr 30, 2020. Last updated Apr 30, 2020. → add an update
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Interstate 55 South of Springfield to Toronto Road. Turn West off Toronto Road exit. Toronto Road will become Woodside Rd. soon after 4-way stop. Stay on Woodside to RR crossing. Make immediate left (south) after RR Crossing onto Pedigo Lane (total distance from I-55 - 2.2 miles); parking available immediately on left in gravel lot. Head south on Pedigo Lane (a blacktop road) Road splits into paved bike lane.) Trailhead on left about 1 mile from parking. Park sign indicates first trailhead (East Lick Creek). Second trailhead further ahead about Ω mile down paved bike lane (Polecat Creek Trail)
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  • Skyler Taylor
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    One of the most challenging trails in the area. Plenty of small drops and jumps along the trail.

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  • mtbbossmann
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    This is a great little hidden gem. The local mtb riders have turned this into one of the nicest little runs in Illinois.
    Plenty of jumps, switchbacks and hard climbs and fast shoots. Run this with Polecat trail. Three part single track great ride.

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  • GurleyMan
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    Pretty good trail system. Fun ride with lots of roots and hills. Frequent jumps along the trails.

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  • Justsendit21
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    Over the past year and a half these trails have made massive improvements from new jumps to bridges going over muddyer areas and just recently a half mile worth of new trail was added. These trails never leave me dissapointed almost every week when I ride there has been new additions or improvemen added. My only complaint is that when it rains these trails get sloppy. I would avoid riding for a few days after a rain fall. We have a great mtb community.

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  • Jared Ross
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    Kickapoo was closed due to rain and this was a fun alternative. Great little trail. Not elaborate, but passable and maintained. There were a few features such as a small jump over a creek. There was one low spot that was impassable due to mud due to recent rain, but it wasn't a big deal. I enjoyed the challenge of the roots. I just wish the trail was longer, but for Illinois, it suffices.

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  • Fatbike_Rex
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    10x better than polecat right down the path. LOTS of fun for fat bikes with some snow, because they're is little foot traffic to mess the trails up. Not too many trees in the way, just ride around if you cannot go over them. Only down in Springfield on occasion, but will definitely stop back.

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  • Eric Peden
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    Trail is horribly overgrown with a lot of downed trees. Some run Round trails where trees are down but needs a lot of work.

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  • Chad Coady
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    This network of three trails is pretty fun, with some decent obstacles. A friend of mine and I went through last week (Aug 1st 2014) with a machete and cleared a bunch of the (itchy) weeds and a couple of the fallen trees. We still have more work to do and will probably do some clearing the second week of August. If anyone wants to help, message me on Facebook.

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  • Jimmy181
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    Hit this trail today, it is overgrown, however all fallen trees were out of the way. I enjoy this trail, it is challenging with all the roots. There is a ton of potential at this place if someone like Cilta were to start maintaining it.

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  • *****

    Trail all cleared up. Featured to tons of root systems! Awesome ride

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  • Eric Peden
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    I rode this trail today. All the downed trees have been removed. Trail is pretty rough with all the tree roots but overall good run.

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  • *****

    Trail between the painted road and paved bike trail is in real bad shape. Went out for a ride today 6/9/13 and trees uprooted and blocking path. Walked most of this section weaving through downed tree limbs lifting my bike over and under. Take a chainsaw if you go.

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  • *****

    Great trail with many hills and roots. Use the chatham bike trail to get to it. Its much easyer.

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  • bustinp
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    I had a difficult time finding the trail at first, since the path leading to it begins with an old road and a walking/road biking path. This trail is a great trail to ride if you need improvement going over roots! I would agree with the other post mentioning the other trail over the old bridge, it is fun as well. I had my first experience there riding over a grate "bridge" that I was hesitant to even try. This trail will likely get you muddy, if you have a problem with that, buy a road bike.

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  • kingofthecrate
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    I went after a big storm and I got to admit all I did was get myself muddy and stuck, but all in all I had a lot of fun riding these trails. Some built track obstacles and plenty of root and logs ro ride over. Def a fun little work out

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  • mudnsavy
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    I would say that the bridge turns into the trail because I took a left off the bridge and ended up on a little path to nothing. I guess people walk back there to fish. Anyway the trail is quite fun and had enough hills to get a great little workout with out killing me. I would go back again....

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  • brettzero

    Another clarification, if I may ... the bridge is actually Old Route 4, not Route 66. Sorry to all Route 66 fans. Ride hard - throw up!

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  • brettzero
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    With apologies, the directions above indicate the trailhead is on the left. That is incorrect. The trailhead is on the right. Have fun!

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