Chestnut Mountain - Trail, Galena, Illinois

Chestnut Mountain - Trail, Galena, Illinois

DESCRIPTION

2 trails with moderate difficulty. 1st trail is around 3 miles 2nd is around 2 miles. Hard packed single track with some wash out, roots and rocks nothing to extreme but fun riding. You can follow paved and gravel roads to the bottom of Chestnut Mountain (Ski resort in the winter) and take the chair lift back to the top and ride trail 2. This is not necessary but makes the ride a little longer and more fun. Hey, if your better half wants drags you to Galena shopping pack your bike, make reservations at Chestnut and enjoy your weekend in Galena.

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[Oct 04, 2000]
Barry Meyer

As Mike (who listed this trail) said, this is a great place to go with your significant other. My wife (who doesn't ride) and I spent 2 days there this past September and had a great time. As a frame of reference, I'll tell you that I ride alot, 2000-3000 miles a year, but have only this year started mountain biking. I found the trails challenging, but not too scary. There are 2 trails - one said to be 2 miles long, the other 3. I think they must include the ride through the fields to complete the loop back to the trailhead. 3 or 3 1/2 miles of singletrack total is probably more like it. But it's alot of fun - tight, twisty singletrack, lots of short ups and downs but only one lengthy hill. Plenty of roots and some railroad tie stairs. I had just bought my new GT XCR 3000 and it got a good workout. There is a $5 daily trail use fee (even if you're spending the night at the lodge), but when I went to pay they said to forget it, because they had not had a chance to do trail maintenance after some recent storms. Heck, the branches across the trail made it all the more fun. Get a map at the front desk. You'll only need it to find the trailheads, after that you can't get lost. The trails are well marked, and are shown on the map as one way. The lady a the desk said they could be ridden either way, and I'm sure no one else was on the trails the 2 days I was there. (Weekdays - probably more crowded on the weekend.) The resort also rents bikes, although I think these trails are too dangerous for someone with no mtb'ing experience.

Oh, on the map they have a couple of quotes from some names you might be familiar with. Apparently a race was held at Chestnut Mountain in '97.

"The most fun course I've ridden in years." - Ned Overend

"The course was awesome. It had a lot of technical sections but enough variety to make it interesting." - Travis Brown

I don't know if the entire original race course is open to the public, but like I said, I enjoyed it.

Well, it's a 4 hour drive for me, one-way, and we're going back next year. Not to mean that this trail is so awesome that it's worth the 4 hour trip. But if you can have a nice romantic getaway, and get in some cool mountain biking, what more could you ask for. Off season (not winter - it's a ski resort) the room rates are very reasonable, the restaurant is reasonable, the sunsets over the Mississippi (which you can see from the west facing rooms, the restaurant, and bar) are beautiful. I'm giving it 4 stars for the trail (only because it's not longer), but definately a 5 star mini-vacation. I just hope not too many people read this review, because I don't want it to be crowded when I go back.

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[Nov 27, 2001]
Unicoi

It sucks big mean one. Not only do you have to pay $5 to ride on the "famous trail ned & travis rode the 97 cactus cup on" you get jipped becuase it only a few miles of trail and all the technical areas have been cut out. Don't bother!!!!

Customer Service

away from this place

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