Death Ridge - TRAIL

Death Ridge - Trail, Edwardsville, Illinois

This is a great trails. Tons of great climbs. Lots of logs, roots, ravines, gorges, creeks, plenty of places to get yourself killed or mamed. Don't go after heavy rain, you will regret it as you send the rest of the day washing yourself and your bike. The is a ridiculous about of bugs and spider webs. If you aren't fast enough the horse flies will eat you alive. Hope you like poison ivy and lots of thorns. Enter at your own risk...

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NDD   Weekend Warrior [Jul 31, 2013]

It's true, the trails in Sweet William Woods were closed by the Biology Dept. at SIUE. It's being used as a nature preserve and a site for students to do field work. Funny thing is I'm doing research out there (on the composition of plant communities) and I thought a while ago that it would be fun to ride a mountain bike through.

Anyway, I'm just here to verify that they are closed. Please don't ride on them. Erosion has made them pretty unsafe and if you're not careful, you can disrupt the wildlife.

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Josh   Cross Country Rider [Oct 01, 2012]

These trails are now back open, new bridges have been built.

Similar Products Used: Gorc trails on the other side of siue are much easier for beginners
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chubilicous   Cross Country Rider [Aug 15, 2008]

I learned to ride on the Sweet Williams trail around 1990. Fun fast and easy single track with some challenging (but nothing like the Chubb) climbs. The trail was much more fun when the bridges were intact. They were tore up when the university decided they did want the liabilty mountain biking brough with it. Back when I lived in Granite City these trails were very close. As a warm up/ cool down, I would rec some of the MCT trails.

Customer Service

Log Jam to the east (right) of the soccer field entrance is as technical as this easy trail gets. THis is the faster direction.

Similar Products Used: Chubb/Klondike/Silver Lake
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Jimmy   Downhiller [Jul 09, 2008]

Awesome trail, everyone says it's closed and I only saw one sign that said no bikes. I just rode it this past weekend 7/5/08. It was awesome, lots of up and down slopes, rocky, ruts, stumps, logs everything to climb and jump over. Lots of steep drops to the side of you, so BE CAREFUL. It would be easy to get hurt here.
Do they say that they will confiscate your bike? I read this one one of the reviews, but what if you enter where there is no sign, how would you know it;s closed to bikes?

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greg   Weekend Warrior [Nov 09, 2007]

Trail is perfect for the starter outer or the avid rider.Is very well marked and kept up thanks to gork.Has constant terrain changes keeps you on your toes and paying attention to what you are riding up on.Plenty of roots,downed trees and man maid obstacles to keep your adrenaline pumping.Down falls not real long only about five miles total although seems longer due to constant terrain changing and obstacles.Should definetly something to check out.

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Usually_Bleeding   Cross Country Rider [Jun 01, 2005]

This trail is closed. See new trail directions and description under SIUE.

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dtnabes   Cross Country Rider [Jan 20, 2004]

I have ridden this trail for ten years and will miss them. Never heard em called death ridge. Heard em called Sweet Wiliams trails and they was closed by the biolgy dep. There are trails that will be made by GORC. They'll be located buy the cross country trails (MRF theater). They'll build this new trail starting in feb. and will need all the help they can get. For more info go to kellerhayes.com/gorc.

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Angie   Weekend Warrior [Nov 03, 2003]

I heard this trail is now closed because of the Biology Dept. Is anyone familiar with the cross country trail that runs through the flying field/old Mississippi River Festival sight? Just wondering if there is an area to ride back there. I've never rode it since they have a sign saying it's closed but the rating is required to post a comment.

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mtnbkrmatt   Weekend Warrior [Sep 17, 2003]

These are the best trails around without a doubt. Unfortunately, SIUE decided that they are no longer open. Each entrance has a sign planted in the middle that says "Trail Closed no trespassing, bikes will be confiscated. Its left me with no where to ride when I'm at school.

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Matt   [Sep 12, 2000]

this trail is actually named the Sweet William Trails. and they are some of the sweetest trails around st.louis. but only if you are very technically good. there are many places you can get hurt even if you are a good rider.these trails are very tight singletrack and it's very easy to get lost if you don't know the trails. also please stay off of the trails when they are wet because you screw up these awsome trails and cover yourself in mud an inch thick. the trails are rolling with some very steep climbs but theyre all short so its no big deal. if you like fast speed go some place else, these trails are like a slow moving rollercoaster and are just as fun, but only for the right people. Trail Type: Hyper technical. Rider Type: Advanced Definately.

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From St.Louis Take I-255 North past I-270, get off on poag rd. exit. take left on bluff road and stop at the stadium. trailhead across the street by the log cabin.

Similar Products Used: Castlewood is the mecca for St. Louis mountainbiking but Cliff Cave is more like Sweet William. both over the river in MO.
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