Palos Orange Unpaved Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Cook County, Illinois. It is within Spears Woods and Willow Springs Woods. It is 0.8 miles long and begins at 696 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 104 feet. The Willow Springs Woods Picnic Shelter Grove 1 picnic site is near the trailhead. There is also a parking. Along the trail there are wetlands. The trail ends near the Spears Woods forest.
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"Ask anyone. The best mountain biking in Cook County is at Palos. It's so good and so popular, in fact, that some of the single track has been closed to mountain bikers. Though you can still enjoy some of what once was, when the word Palos is used among mountain bikers these days, it's often out of regret. Trail openings and closings change frequently depending on weather conditions and restoration progress, so be on the lookout. The trails are patrolled and tickets are given out if you are found on a trail you're not supposed to be on. Within the forest preserve, certain areas are designated nature preserves; these are more likely to be closed off. Portions south of 95th Street as well as toward the end of this ride may be in question. Also be on the lookout for four kinds of signs: The gray confidence marker guides you through the trail; the orange trail-closure marker tells you to keep out; the special-restriction sign tells you that a trail is in danger of being closed; and the triangular bird sign reminds you to stay on the trail through a preserved area. Things to see: Little Red Schoolhouse."
--Christopher Percy Collier, Short Bike Rides in and around Chicago (The Globe Pequot Press).
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