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Level: Beginner
Length: 8 mi (12.9 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +319/ -322 ft
Total: 66 riders

Mountain Biking SIUE

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#16 of 127 mountain bike trails in Illinois
#1,499 in the world

This trail system is made up of nearly 6 miles of tight, twisty, all-dirt singletrack in 3 separate loops, with a 4th loop in the works.(Fourth trail is complete)
Modest elevation gain, thick forest, and smooth hardpack make for rides which will satisfy every rider from beginner to advanced. The trails were designed in such a way that they would be a place not only for beginners to try out mountain biking, but also to allow more advanced riders an opportunity to test their bike handling skills by riding the narrow trails at a more rapid pace.
(pasted from gorctrails.com)

First added by stylo_joe on Feb 22, 2007. Last updated May 1, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Take hwy 255 North past Interstate 270, to New Poag Road. Turn Right or East at the end of the exit ramp. Stay on New Poag Road until the first intersection with a 4 way stop sign. This will be University Drive. Turn Right onto University Drive. The road will immediately bend to the left, at the end of the bend on your right is a gravel road, turn onto the gravel road. Follow the rock road past the hedgerow on the left, the road will make a 90 Degree turn to the right and then back to the left, then it will dead end. The Northernmost Trailhead is located at the 90 degree corner of the woods near that dead end. (Pasted from gorctrails.com)
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  • addy87

    Rode a week ago. Storm damage from the previous week was evident as there was a tree toppled on 4. Lots of downed limbs. Didn't see a couple until too late but otherwise great fast and flowy trails. I did parts of 2 and all of 4 and spent several hours there. All the downed limbs slowed things a bit and the spider webs were insane. Nice trail system and if you want to take it easy, you can or you can ride fast and hit some of the jumps and make things a bit more challenging. Quite a few roots and several ravine crossings make things interesting. I'll be back soon.

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  • Phatmarisa

    I really enjoy trail number 4. GORC is doing a great job adding nice trail features to this trail. Best place to start on this trail is from the paved trail that heads to the SIUE campus. It has a nice flow to it.

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  • crawdaddy

    Awsome trails! Been riding them for years. Lots of twists and turns, acouple creek crossings and just all around a fun riding trail!

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  • Ben Stolinski

    Easy tight and winding single track great for beginners. Gets a little boring for more advanced riders, but nice for the area. Park by the model airport runway, trail starts in the woods opposite it.

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  • jackpizz

    Poorly marked, difficult to follow, but an absolute blast. It's a must to start from the trailhead by the model airplane field to follow the numbers in order.
    It's a beginner trail but with the optional technical bits I would put in intermediate difficulty.

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  • Justin Matthew

    Great for people starting out and has the ability to be ridden faster by more advanced riders. I ride them weekly.

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  • Steve Mizel

    These trails are only 2 miles from my house, so I ride them a lot. They are stacked loops and I can ride for around 10 miles without repeating a trail, though I always do trail 6 and 8 several times. Be sure to look at the maps (or print one of the GORC website and take it with you). It is very easy to get turned around out there if you aren't familiar with the trails. GORC maintains these trails and do a great job keeping them in good shape, though in early summer it isn't uncommon for certain sections of the trails to get overrun by bushes. For the most part very beginner friendly and the traffic is very light. I can often ride without seeing a single other rider.

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  • CFM   ✓ supporter

    Rode these trails on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. I'd never been here and was fortunate to meet a local rider who was very helpful with route advice. I found the trails to be fast and fun with numerous tight turns. There were no really technical areas and no huge climbs but lots of roots. I had a little trouble interpreting some of the signage and finding the trail when it crossed an open area or greenway. Also, because of the thick, close vegetation, I was constantly worried that I might meet someone head on at one of the numerous blind corners. It didn't happen though, and I had a great ride. I highly recommend checking this one out.

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  • oldiebutnewbie

    I'd rate these trails three and a half stars if that was an option. The trails are kept in good shape. Not technical except for one steep creek crossing near the beginning that can get very muddy. If you like your trails super tight and twisty you'll enjoy these ones.

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  • tracybaird

    very fun ride! GORC has done a great job keeping the trails clear and mapping. We found the trails from the paved system and were pleasantly surprised with hills, twists and speed you could get. Really well put together. The roots were a bit nuts though. Will definitely go back!
    4 and 5 were the most fun, hilly & fast.

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  • Bubblehead10MM   ✓ supporter

    Nice place near by St. Louis. All up My Tracks says 9.78 miles and 2801 vertical gain (including back tracks and connectors.) I'm not sure where all that vert came from. There are no monster climbs, but lots of little ones some short and steep and a couple gradual long ones. Most of it is good fun ride in the woods. Many fun water crossings mostly with well laid stones or found material in them. GORC maintains trails, and they're in pretty good shape, except loosing battle with vegetation, both from above and below, and a occasional dead fall. Good maps at TH's and markers at intersection, mostly easy to follow. You can ride parts of 1, 2,3, 4 and or 6 as a sircute or individual trails as loops. 5 is a supper fun little roller coaster, and 8 is very roller coastery to but wide and starting to wash out a little. 7 is a short side track.

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  • [email protected]

    This is a great trail for conditioning rides, or people just learning to ride mountain bikes. But for a fairly easy trail, it also remains satisfying for more advanced riders due to it's very flowing characteristics. It is very well maintained now that it is part of the GORC group's maintenance program ( this trail system used to be impossible before GORC jumped in).

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  • steviejimaging

    I grew up near these trails, but oddly never rode them before moving away. I (along with several guys I ride with) think these trails are not reaching their full potential. It would be nice if the local club would construct some bridges and jumps, or at least a few more log jams. There are plenty of places to do this without interfering with beginner riding, hikers, runners, or the overall flow of the trails. Otherwise, the trails are well maintained and pretty fun to ride, but don't expect any huge downhills.

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  • deamonslinky

    Rode in March of 2010 and there were now at least 8 seperate trails but some just split off and meet back up with the same trail. Exellcent trail for beginners and awesome for advanced riders. This trail has something for everyone, awesome fast paced turns and really fun creek dips that are a blast. On a college campus so watch out for students jogging on the trail

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  • stylo_joe

    I love this trail because there is ZERO chance of falling down a cliff or jetting into a river. It is a flowy fitness track that gets your heart pumping in the first 30 seconds. This trail used to leave you wanting more, but now with the 4th loop 95% done it is a stacked system and you can go stir crazy and hardly ever do the same trail in the same direction. GORC crew keeps this place immaculate. 2 weeks after a severe storm blew down about thirty trees, they cleared it and even made it better. My own front yard still had debris, but the trail was pristine. Great Job GORC!!!!!!* Review edited 2/23/2007

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