Palos

Willow Springs, Illinois

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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.

Palos Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Willow Springs
Distance: 11
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Riding Time: 3.5 hours
Season: Best spring to fall

Palos Reviews

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6/25/2005
I rode several of the trails in and around Palos with a buddy of mine. While much of the terrain was challenging for Illinois, I found the trails to be in less than terrific shape and I really didn't think the area was particularly scenic. For my money and travel time from the Western suburbs I would rather drive another half hour and go to Rock Cut State Park.
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