Deer Grove Forest Preserve - Trail, Palatine, Illinois

Deer Grove Forest Preserve - Trail, Palatine, Illinois

DESCRIPTION

Deer Grove has some gnarly trails for being up north. Tons of unmarked trails leading from marked trails. Unmarked trails run along creek with lots of washouts along the way. Lots of roots, rocks, and fallen trees. Fairly technical riding. Nice elevation changes throughout. For less technical turf, there are paved trails that are marked.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jun 30, 2010]
finerbiner
Weekend Warrior

Cross this one off your list. The FPD spent the last few years turning the main loop(yellow trail) into a gravel wide track. The trails described are all illegal and if caught you will be dealt with harshly. The place has been wrecked.

Customer Service

drive to Palos, Saw Wee Kee or Southern Kettles. All a good ride.

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1
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2
[Oct 28, 2007]
Andrew McAwesome
Cross Country Rider

this is a fun place, good for beginners and people who are a little more advanced. the best stuff is now fenced off because the park district thinks bikers and foot and horse traffic are causing erosion. dont bother sneaking past the fence either, because theyve done a good job of blocking off the trails for a good while. keep in mind all the non-paved trails are technically off limits, but ive been biking there for 6 or 7 years and have never had any problems. if your lucky, you might run across a deer.

Customer Service

take the yellow trail, the big gravel paved horse path, along the perimiter of DG west and look toward the inside of the forest just after, or before depending on your direction, for the staircase, a very steep, very fun water runoff path that leads into the heart of the forrest and gives access to all the best single track in the forrest. beginners be advised, you will go very fast and the path has a few small switchbacks and you wont be able to tell what is comming untill its too late. i would recommend that anyone attempting the staircase does a walk through their first time and does it slow at the start of every new season, i have been over confidant and thought i knew what was comming and racked my balls many times, so dont let it happen to you

Similar Products Used:

Palos Hills, look some others up for yourself

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3
VALUE
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4
[Sep 10, 2007]
Trekster
Weekend Warrior

Well they ruined the main dirt trail and leveled it with crushed limestone! They did this probably trying to make a single track more usable for general use, hiking, running and what not... But after a serious rain this place is nasty to ride with serious errosion, sand pits at the bottom of hills that cause you to loose your steering and crash. There's nothing technical any more on the trail, its a good work out if you like to go fast. I do two laps now where one used to be enough for a work out... The only goodness left is the unmarked trails on the west side but their not very long or maintained and probably should not ride...

Similar Products Used:

Kettle
Comlara http://www.comlaramtb.com/
Palos

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3
VALUE
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4
[Jun 30, 2005]
zmcpherson76
Weekend Warrior

unmarked trails are the best. I like to ride wherever the trail takes me and just keep going. creeks fun to ride through, best after rain.

Customer Service

Unmarked trails West of Quentin.

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4
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4
[Nov 16, 2004]
schwaggy
Cross Country Rider

Flat and fast. A few nice sections of singletrack are unmarked (and probably illegal). Seems that bikes are banned from the best part near the ravine.

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2
VALUE
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2
[Jul 21, 2003]
Technically Singletrack
Cross Country Rider

Plus, if you're interested, group ride this coming Wednesday, 7/23/03 at the Rydeburg camp parking lot on Quentin north of Dundee on your right. 6pm. for more info: http://pub30.ezboard.com/fcambrfrm3.showMessage?topicID=3.topic or www.cambr.org

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3
VALUE
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3
[Jul 19, 2003]
Technically Singletrack
Cross Country Rider

Ah, take back everything I ever said. There's an entire other singletrack loop on the east side of Quentin road that's great and underused. Plus, after hauling a few times clockwise on the west loop, this place has gone up a few notches.

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3
VALUE
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3
[Nov 16, 1998]
Steve Hammond

I work about a mile away from Deer Grove so I get an opportunity to ride this forest preserve all summer. For you guys that think Palos and Kettle Moraine are the only places to ride, then continue and I'll keep enjoying Deer Grove. There is a good 10 miles of rolling single track. Deer Grove has tight technical stuff, fast straight-away single track, and even some hills to climb. Stay out of here after it rains; however, since the trails get muddy and rutted pretty easily. If you work/live close by and are looking to ride then e-mail me.

Similar Products Used:

Moraine Hills, Gander Mountain

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4
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[Nov 26, 1998]
Braeden Flaherty

There are probably 18-20 toal miles of trail, but only about 3-4 is worth it. What is there is tight, slick, rooty terrain. No really long climbs, most are less then 50 yards. Jump the creek after it rains.

Customer Service

When you enter the park, go left untill you reach the last parking lot. There will be a tough 30 yard sttep drop in. THis is where the hardest riding can be found.

Similar Products Used:

Kettle, Palos

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3
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[Feb 11, 1999]
Helmethair

Much of this area has been closed off to bikes. Supposedly the Rangers patrol on horseback and bikes. I've seen squad-cars with bike racks. Be careful, heavy fines...if the catch you

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3
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