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Level: Intermediate
Length: 10 mi (16.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +332/323 ft
Total: 53 riders
 

Mountain Biking The Fay Pickering Memorial Trails

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#4 of 108 mountain bike trails in Illinois
#358 in the world

Intermediate single track with some large climbs, for the area, beautiful views of the lake, four loops some with technical areas and/or steep climbs, and all through scenic woods. Main trailhead and parking at 18050-, 18332 N Hammer Rd., Marshall, IL 62441.

Before you go
  • Drinking water 
  • E-bikes permitted 
  • Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • Restrooms 
Getting there
From I-70 Marshall IL exit head south on IL route 1 to US-40 W to E Spike town Rd., to N1400th St., to E 1600 Rd., to N1300th St., to E Hammer Rd. which becomes N Hammer Rd. follow this to the trailhead and parking at 18050-, 18332 N Hammer Rd., Marshall, IL 62441. The trail headband parking are at the NE end of a dam.
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Leaf-covered (on Nov 25, 2019)
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Mountain Bike Trails Near Marshall, Illinois

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Beginner | 8 mi
Advanced | 1 mi
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Intermediate | 3 mi

Rider questions

Q: Is there camping at the trails or nearby?
A: You can camp a few miles on the NW part of the lake in Mill Creek Park https://www.clarkcountyparkdistrict.com/

Q: Swimming at lake too?
A: You can swim a few miles away at Mill Creek Park. https://www.clarkcountyparkdistrict.com/ Same lake, different area.

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  • TDB1970
    ****

    Hiked loops A-B-C this week. All in good condition, no significant leaf coverage yet. Incline-vertical sections have been eroded by the heavy rains this year - more exposed roots than in previous years.

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  • Air Cam
    *****

    If you are looking for great views and challenging climbs this is the best trail in the area. Also, it drains very well and was created without heavy machinery...impressive

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  • byby88
    Reviewing Trail B:
    ****

    Watch the first decent it is rutted out really bad and needs maintained or rerouted.

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  • byby88
    **

    There has definitely been a shift to quantity over quality. The maintenance is not what it once was. Watch out for erosion zones. There are a couple that are downright dangerous do to lack of maintenance. A reroute should really be put in place. These areas are why I have upgraded difficulty to advanced. It's a shame these trails have the potential to be one of, if not, the premier trail system north of the Shawnee National Forest area.

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  • byby88
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    These are great trails as long as your skill level is the same as the trail builders. There isn't any progression. The new D section is the same or less technical than the existing C section. It mostly feels like you are just repeating C. I f you areally looking for anything beyond intermediate level trails or simply a good workout, look elsewhere.

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  • better name
    *****

    The fpmbts are very fast and even the newest trail, d trail, is as hard as the original trails.

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  • AdamAda
    *****

    Had a great time riding these trails. Super fast and well maintained. 10/10 would recommend from beginner level to expert.

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  • cycler5700
    Reviewing Trail D:
    *****

    This trail is a great addition to the overall trail system. There are a few climbs, but overall this trail has a lot of flow and can be ridden quickly. Highly recommend riding this trail no matter what skill level you are. Well done Fay Pickering trail crews.

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  • TDB1970
    Reviewing Trail B:
    ****

    The "B" loop was in great shape today, dry, 80-90% leaf-free so excellent for hiking. This loop appears to be near 3.9 miles vs the published 3.0 miles.

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  • Clinta
    Reviewing Trail C:
    *****

    great trail, lots of views, great climbs, fun downhills, great view of the lake.

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  • Greg L
    Reviewing Trail A:
    *****

    Trail A is the shortest trail at Fay's, and probably the most technical. The switchbacks on the backside of the trail can be tricky climbing or descending. Plus, it's a pretty good climb either way you go to get back to the dam. One way is a long, gradual climb, and the other way is short and steep.

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  • Greg L
    Reviewing Trail B:
    *****

    Trail B takes you across the dam and has the most climbing (and descending) of all the trails at Fay. There is a short section that takes you out to the bank of the lake, but the rest of the trail is mostly out in the woods. It's a blast to ride, and there's something for everyone on this trail.

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  • Greg L
    Reviewing Trail C:
    *****

    A rolling trail with great flow. The faster you ride it...the more fun and technical it becomes! Lots of bench cut trails that seemingly put you out over the lake with excellent views.

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  • David Williamson
    *****

    This is the first MTB trail I have ever ridden. I have ridden it about 5 times now, all sections. "The Fay" is right on Mill Creek Lake which is really peaceful and offers a fantastic view while you're biking. This trail has a great community of regular riders that are very helpful, and they offer great advice that will enhance your experience of the trail. There are plenty of challenging sections that will test your skill, as well as beautiful, open cruising sections that are perfect for beginners. After riding this trail I am hooked on mountain biking. The trail is very well maintained. If you're looking for a fun, challenging day on the trails, The Fay is the perfect place! I recommend it 100%

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  • Bucky228
    *****

    These trails are a blast to ride! I can tell a lot of thought went into planning these trails...just by how they flow through the landscape and taking advantage of all the views they have to offer. There is something for everyone here. If you're a beginner, you might have a couple of short hills to hike. If you're an intermediate rider, you'll be fine all the way around. If you're an expert, try riding these trails fast...I guarantee you'll get a workout. Definitely worth a ride if you're in the area!

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  • Roger Thomas
    *****

    Lots of fast flowy trails, short punchy climbs, and a couple of long grinders. These trails always give me a great workout. The scenery is awesome. 1full loop is 10 miles with the new addition of loop D. And it's always dry! If you've never ridden here, add it to your list

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  • jkmcs
    ****

    Almost 10 miles of well-maintained singletrack. Some nice climbs, but nothing overly technical. Plenty of nice flowing descents, but some are along some pretty narrow bench cuts! Great views of the lake, especially in fall.

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  • William V. Ganis
    Reviewing Trail D:
    *****

    This is a great new addition of fun, flowy trails. The builders really seem to have thought about creating great views of Mill Creek Lake.

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  • aaronlock
    *****

    Great Trail, Flows really nice.
    Cool views especially for Illinois. Not super technical for the most part. Decent climbs and descents. Looks like they are in the process of adding an additional trail or loop.

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