3 Ravines (in Palos Forest Preserve) - Trail, Palos Forest Preserve, Illinois

3 Ravines (in Palos Forest Preserve) - Trail, Palos Forest Preserve, Illinois

DESCRIPTION

people, and some regulars never EVEN make it to the "3 ravines". If you do not know what a ravine is, the "3 ravines" will define them for you when you ride down the 25'-30' drops and then the challenging climbs. Unless you are a hardcore downhiller, most people cannot honestly say that they do not feel a bit intiminated when approaching one of these root-packed drops. FS not required for the drops, but a nice 110+ mm of travel on the fork is a nice insurance policy for not cracking your skull.

USER REVIEWS

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[Apr 26, 2007]
jim couvelis
Cross Country Rider

Snow is no problem. Try riding the 3 ravines in the rain! Clay gets very slippery when it's wet!

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 14, 2006]
Neil B
Weekend Warrior

Okay, whichever knucklehead thinks this trail is a "joke" is probably one of those bike-polishing posers who needs to remove cranium from rectum. Given the fact that these trails are a half hour's drive from the center of the third largest city in the US, and possibly the most populated county in the US too (Cook County IL), they're pretty amazing. No genius, we're not in the Rockies here... but the trails we do have are fairly challenging and varied, and the local advocates have done a great job in building and maintaining trails in an area with a lot of competing use pressure. Okay, sun's shining, and I'm heading out there. Incidentally, the Lake House movie was filmed in these preserves (Maple Lake, about two miles from the 3 Ravines trail.

Customer Service

From I-55 take LaGrange Road south to Archer, follow Archer West to 95thSt / Wolf Road. From I-294, take 75th St / Willow Springs exit, go south on Willow Springs road to Archer Ave., again follow Archer West (or continue south on Willow Springs Road for more trails).

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Go to cambr.org, find the area map. There's probably close to 50 miles of trails in this 14,000 acre area.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 17, 2006]
RIDE OR DIE
Cross Country Rider

Nice ride for a Thursday morning, trails were perfect for riding and not congested like they are on the weekends. I finally found the three ravines and that particular part of the trail was moderately technical. I put on a brand new pair of Michelin XC dry2 tires and they were perfect for the quick uphill challenges, it seems like the more I ride these particular trails at Palos Forest preserve the easier they become, I am able to ride more confidently and much faster. When riding here I suggest you printout a copy of the trails in the preserve and keep it with you. Overall I look forward to many more adventures here and abroad so if you're ever in the area visit Palos you won't be disappointed IMO............. Goto to: http://www.cambr.org to get the map.....

Customer Service

I live in Chicago so I took 95th straight west to LaGrange RD and continue west til you get to the 4-way stop sign (Willow Springs Rd) and continue west until you see Bull Frog lake parking make a left and you're there.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 09, 2005]
chicago.al
Weekend Warrior

The Palos trail network was formed by glacier activity about 10 thousand years ago. Very scenic, rolling hills, lakes, wildlife etc. It's amazing how many riders want to talk down on this area. Look at the facts...it's about 10 miles from down town Chicago and about 4 miles from the outskirts of the city. It's really about 35 minutes from anywhere. Take it away...and what do you got? People..... we live in a huge Metropolitan area....we're lucky that Palos even exists. Enjoy what it has to offer, and realize there's not much else near by.

Customer Service

From I-55......Lagrange Road South to 95th Street. West on 95th Street. 95th street veers right towards Archer just past Maple Lake. Stay left and follow street to Bullfrog Lake grove. (on right).

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 20, 2004]
JPockets
Cross Country Rider

As another individual already mentioned below... Most people, and some regulars never EVEN make it to the "3 ravines". If you do not know what a ravine is, the "3 ravines" will define them for you when you ride down the 25'-30' drops and then the challenging climbs. Unless you are a hardcore downhiller, most people cannot honestly say that they do not feel a bit intiminated when approaching one of these root-packed drops. FS not required for the drops, but a nice 110+ mm of travel on the fork is a nice insurance policy for not cracking your skull. And if you like hard tails like myself, you will appretiate the acceleration and light weight when climbing. If your a joker and you do not know how to find the 3 ravines, go to http://www.cambr.org . Click on "Palos" under local trail maps. This is better than asking a fellow rider with a fancy suspension become some of them don't even know where the 3 ravines are.

Customer Service

http://www.cambr.org PRINT A MAP!

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Its all good. If you ride almost every day like myself, its good to kick it back on a less-challenging trail now and then and give your leg muscles a break.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jan 04, 2004]
Dan
Downhiller

Ride this trail in the snow and see how much of a sissy you really are. Then come summer and all the tech stuff will be alot easier. And don't worry to much about the orange signs. From what I've heard, there all gone.

Customer Service

Dirt trail

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None of the cambr trails, BORRING

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 23, 2003]
Larry
Downhiller

This is a great place for the cross country and the extreamer. feel free to go on the marked trails if you are an extreamer. Come prepared and visit the nature center and find some one of a kind american secrets. Logs, jumps, downhill, creeks, rocks, and more. Have fun and enjoy.

Customer Service

For the Nature walk please visit the Nature center.

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Cal sag Channel has tons of trails.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 05, 2003]
Johan
Downhiller

Quite good for the area (considering that we do not have any mountains here). Some trails will have a few good technical areas with decent downhills. So far the best I have seen in the area, including southern wisconsin.

Customer Service

None... just go faster.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 01, 2003]
Mountain bike Mike u don know me homie Leslie
Weekend Warrior

Let the truth be told, there are alot of reviews posted for these trails that I would consider to be less then accurate. The single track at bullfrog is probaly the best I've ridden in the chicagoland area. The trails are filled with declining switchbacks,steep climbs,only to be followed by challaging fast paced downhills,seperated in bewtween by the occasional logbridge or dirt ramp. They have a nice rhythm to them and for the most part are well groomed. There is a considerable network of trails to chose from and if you take the right route you could find your self riding for 2 hours straight at a good speed never overlapping the same trail. Depending on the type of rider you are you may or may not find it to be exceptionally challenging, but if your a average xc rider theres definity enuff to keep ya perked up as far as singletrack is concerned. For the slower paced rider or beginner, there is a few double all access trails to loaf through as well.

Customer Service

PUT AWAY THE MAP AND RIDE TOOLBAG!

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swallow cliff has a few decent singletrack trails but where your camo cause the forest preservation doesn't care for illegal trail riders.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 25, 2003]
James
Cross Country Rider

These are the best off road trails in the Chicago area. They're fast rolling cross country trails that are'nt too technically challenging. Get used to the fact that there's not going to be any better "mountain biking" in the area...there's no mountains. Support what trails you do have because someday you may not even have those.

Customer Service

Just keep riding.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
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