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Level: Intermediate
Length: 5 mi (8 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +1,265/ -990 ft
Total: 51 riders

Mountain Biking Illiniwek Forest Preserve

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#15 of 127 mountain bike trails in Illinois
#1,350 in the world

Smooth flowing singletrack with plenty of sustained climbs and descents. A few features scattered through the trails such as wooden & dirt berms, rock armoring, boardwalks, rollers, log rides, and log overs. The North Loop trails pass through a scenic overlook of the Mississippi River Valley and Lock and Dam 14. Large kiosk maps at trailhead and pedestal maps at major trail intersections. Trails are directional and marked with colored blazes/arrows (Pink: M,W,F, Su, Blue: Tu, Th, Sa). New for 2018, trails are open until 10:00pm for night riding. Visit www.qcforc.org for the most up to date trail conditions. Trails dry quickly and usually open 24-48 hrs after significant rain in warmer months.

Camping is available just across highway IL-84. Bikepath through campground connects to four other mountain bike trail systems (Dorrance, Sylvan Island, Stephens Park, Sunderbruch). Drinking water and public restroom located in campground; Portajohn at the trailhead.

First added by Jared13 on Sep 29, 2012. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Coming from I-80 in the Quad Cities, take exit 1 and turn onto IL-84 S. The entrance will be about 2 miles down the road on your left. It's across from an RV Park. Pull into the driveway of the park and turn to the left to park in the north parking lot. The trails start right there.
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Q: Hours
A: Trails are open dawn to dusk unless closed because of muddy conditions. Trail conditions are regularly updated on an app on the FORC homepage (www.qcforc.org).

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  • Vamootsman

    Well groomed small singletack system. Very smoothe. Beginner friendly, but challenging to ride fast also. Great use of the terrain make for some decent elevation changes and swoopy flowing sections.

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  • mongwolf

    Wow, this place looks like it's full of flowy fun. Can anyone comment on how well it drains and dries out after rain? Also what is the soil type? If I ever ride this trail, it will be in passing on a trip back east. I just want to be able to plan it in or not based on weather reports. Thanks for any insights and guidance.

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  • Jacob Anderson

    Love this trail, especially with the improvements they have made over the last few years. Smooth and gentle for beginners, fast and flowy for pros, especially on the two downhill sections.

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  • solidstunts

    Nice trails. Short, but easily looped. Nothing real technical, but the trail has good flow.

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  • markcelicious

    When you get to the top, you'll appreciate the ride down and will have a smile on your face until the next day.

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  • Nate Anderson Sax

    Great smooth flow. This trail can be really fast. The 3 bent wood berms are super smooth and fun to ride you can really lean into them. The trail was very well groomed with great features. Its a work or art. The track has some really long downhill sections. Overall really fun to ride. Can't wait to spend more time on it.

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  • BW_GT

    Very nice, clean and flowy trails. If you're an advance rider looking for thrills, this place might not be the one for you. Great for beginners for moderate climbs and flowing downhills with minimal roots/rocks to go over on. The trail is clean, with minimal overgrowth and managed well.

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  • DH001

    Trails at Illiniwek are fast and flowy with the longest sustained climbs and descents in the QC area. Lots of berms, a few challenging TTFs, and three newly built wooden berms featuring curved decking planks. Great overlook of the Mississippi River on the north loop. All set in a mature hardwood forest with large oak trees and native plants not seen at other local parks. One of the area's natural treasures.

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  • bheinz

    Fun trail. Climbs are long but are worth the sweat once you start the decent. Great for bombing back down. Trail is in good shape. Pretty smooth and flows fairly well. Some improvements this year (2013) over last.

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  • bheinz

    Park is in really good shape this year (2013). Has had some recent upgrades. Has a couple mean climbing sections which also make for very fast bombs on the way back out.

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  • Armyballer

    This trail needs some love, multiple downed trees that need a chain-saw. The dead-leaves also make the down hills deadly, esp on turns. It does have some nice descents and ascends that will give you a decent workout, it's not a difficult trail system at all, good place for beginners and kids. ZERO signage, I had no idea when I was or wasn't on the 2 main loops.

    EDIT...27APR13; Rode this trail today and someone cut all the downed tress that had fallen across the trail, THANK YOU!!!

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  • michellefiveo

    I love this trail system for its smooth flow and elevation changes. It's located on the bluff of the Mississippi River and is divided into a North Loop and a South Loop. there are two ways up each loop, a long easier route, and a steeper shorter route. whichever way you decide, it will get your heart pumping and your quads burning to get to the top of the bluff. I like to take each loop in a counterclockwise direction. However, the trails are not directional sense there aren't very many miles of trails. On the South Loop I like to go up the short way take the trail counterclockwise turn around and go back clockwise and then take the long way down.not making the trails directional allows you to get more miles in. But if you're headed down the bluff, yield to the riders going up the hill! I'm impressed with the engineering of this trail system.it is extremely well belt and maintained.

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  • Jared13   ✓ supporter

    Yet another decent trail in the Quad Cities area. There are two loops, a north loop and a south loop. Both have some flow along with great climbs and descents.
    More challenging than most green trails, but not quite a true blue level difficulty.

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