Busse Woods - Trail, Elk Grove Village, Illinois

Busse Woods - Trail, Elk Grove Village, Illinois

DESCRIPTION

It's a short, beginner trail that is good for people first starting to ride. It has a little bit of everthing. You have to climb a hill, go on a fast downhill while weaving through trees and ride through a forest. It's mostly all single track. You ride past the lake and if you're lucky you might see some sailboats. You go through a creek and there are a lot of roots and random drops. As easy as it is it's pretty fun. Since it's short you could ride 10 miles on the paved path when you're done. Its a big loop.

USER REVIEWS

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[Dec 02, 2006]
joe shoto
Weekend Warrior

Busse woods used to be the best place to ride trails. Lots of heavily wooded single track,no horses,hills,quite,clean trails. Great. I'm not saying you should poach trails which are clearly marked no bikes butr if you want to enjoy some good single track access there are many trails north of Higgens. The one mile described is probably the worst one mile in Busse and probably the region. The paved trail is also great.

Customer Service

Higgens west of Arlington hts road, take the first right going north and go all the way back. the good routes are to the west back there.

Or you can take sme turn off of higgens and go north in the preserve and take the first left. park there and ride west past the shelter and past the water pump on the right. in the right hand corner of the field you will see a trail get on that and enjoy the crisscrossing trails full of deer. go real early and enjoy the lack of hikers. The furhter you go back the les people you will see.

As always in the cook co FP go with a friend and be safe.

Similar Products Used:

Shoe factory, deer grove, Des Plaines River between Park Ridge and SHiller woods-Really nice,easy wide single track up high or narrow single track crisscross down low near the river. many miles along Des Plaines.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
2
[Mar 23, 2006]
casualmtb
Weekend Warrior

The Busse Woods trail sucks and I wouldn't encourage you to ride it. First, it is a pain in the butt to even find the trail because it is not marked and looks similar to another crappy trail which goes nowhere. After finding the trail you'll ride for about 10 seconds before reaching a big log blocking the trail. This happens frequently for the first quarter mile. Be forewarned, because this is merely an omen of things to come as you enter the armpit of Busse Woods.

Exit into an open field. The trail follows the creek. But there are all these tall marshy plants covering the trail. And I mean covering because you don't actually see the dirt for a 1/4 mile. You're riding on top of mashed plants. My girlfriend had to get off her bike and walk the mess. She was very unpleased to say the least. And the bugs.....so many bugs.

Next, you reach a flat and wide dirt service road. Full of ruts and mud. Take a left and head towards the big hill, Mt. Trashmore. Supposedly it is the highest point in Cook County but that may be a rumor. If it is the highest point, it would be embarassing because it barely more than a landfill sized, flat and grassy hill. The size of this hill also explains why there is no downhill skiing our area.

Ride to the top of Mt. Trashmore and try not to pop your inner tube as you ride on a layer of broken glass bottles. Take the left path downhill and prepare to enter the jungles of Vietnam. You gain speed as you ride through an acre of overgrown weeds about seven or eight feet high. If you fall, expect to land in nasty patch of razor sharp prairie plants . Trust me, its not pretty.

The next 3/4 miles is about the worst mountain biking in Chicago. The trails are thin, flat and very winding, obstructed by overgrown weeds and brush.

Of course, I almost forgot to mention the view. I-355 in all its glory. No more than 100 feet away. And the short, stocky office buildings of Schaumburg. And a couple of cell phone towers. Nothing like a cell phone tower to kill even the slightest feeling of wilderness.

The next major obstacle is the 'creek crossing'. This seems to be mentioned in every description of this trail I've seen. Well, I hate to spoil the fun, but the creek is nothing more than a cesspool of gargage, branches and more garbage. The creek water barely even flows and is functionally stagnant. Crossing the creek is a challenge but not the good kind. Its basically trying to avoid getting muddy and falling into the water. Make sure your health insurance premiums are paid because you may need treatment for some water-born diseases.

Cross the creek and ride for a little while farther. The only interesting thing is a field of flowers on the right. Becareful riding through the swampier areas because there are millions of bugs and bees flying around the 4' high weeds. The plants constantly poke your eyes, scratch your arms and legs, and get into your mouth. And if you have allergies, don't even think about it. You'll probably have an immediate outbreak and make life generally miserable until the Claritin kicks in.

Next, you'll come upon one of the lakes. If you're lucky you'll see a bird of prey launching from a tree. If you're unlucky you'll get more than four different kinds of bug bites. It's really a gamble. But since Busse Woods plays house rules, you'll likely lose this bet.

Finally, the trail ends at a field adjacent to a parking lot. That's it folks. Except that now you're near Golf Road. And you're parked 5.5 miles of paved trails away.

Overall a very bad experience. So bad, I don't even want it to become legal. Even if it were legal I would never ride it again. This area doesn't even have potential to be decent. The topography sucks because its so flat, the creek is more of a biohazard than a challenge and there isn't anywhere to extend the trail to make a loop.

Legal or illegal, this trail totally blows.

Customer Service

I don't recommend anything about this trail.

Similar Products Used:

Palos; Deer Grove; Kettles

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
3
[Nov 26, 2005]
EndoDad
Weekend Warrior

This is a nice trail for beginners but I made the mistake of taking my family for a ride on it. I say mistake because we startled half a dozen men walking through the forest by themselves out looking to "meet" other men. More than a little awkward to explain to our six and eight year old kids. There is a lot to do in the forest preserve, which is quite large. We've taken our canoe out into the many lakes and gotten very close to a wide range of birds from green herons to great blues. In fact there is a great blue heron rookery in the forest preserve that buts up against the interstate.

Similar Products Used:

Deer Grove

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
1
[Apr 28, 2004]
RimBender101
Weekend Warrior

Great beginner trail, fun

Customer Service

Follow the trail

Similar Products Used:

Palos hills

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
2
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