Loud Thunder state park - TRAIL

Loud Thunder state park - Trail, Quad City area, Illinois

A rolling 6 miles loop thru a nice wooded area. Desent climbs and downhills. Also technical enough to were you won't get bored. This is probaly the best mountain biking near the QC Area.

User Reviews (15)

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john   Weekend Warrior [Feb 17, 2014]

This trail is no longer maintained at this time. FORC has rumored of trying to take back the biking trails from the equestians but it would be hard to do while maintaining all of the other trails. If your looking to ride in the area try sunderburch, it is great for all levels and has great obsticles.

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2
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1
dgw2jr   Cross Country Rider [Dec 31, 2011]

I checked out Loud Thunder for the first time today and I must say the trails are pretty much done for. I would say the only way you could ride out there is if you had a 6-inch full suspension downhill specific mountain bike and even then you won't have any fun. The trails are sunk 2 feet deep in some places where it seems the equestrians struggle with the grades when it is wet. Erosion seems to have already taken a heavy toll on these trails.

Similar Products Used: Sunderbruch, Sylvan Island, Illiniwek, Scott County Park
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1
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1
BillM   Cross Country Rider [Nov 20, 2005]

I ride or run (or both) these trails once a week. I had a very difficult time with the trails when I first started. My problem was that I was out of shape and I did not have the skills to handle the technical portions. I have become fit and have improved my skills and I have to say that these trails rock. In mountain bike country these trails would probably be considered moderate due to some of the steep but short climbs. Once you learn the trails well enough to ride the downhills at a decent pace, the uphills aren't as bad. As for the horse dung, I have never really thought of it is as a problem. It's better than dog or goose crap in my book. The horses do tend to tear the trails up in the spring when it is a little wet. As for Dan from Naperville, you probably have a problem with having to wash the dirt off your bike after a ride too. I'm sure there are no "road apples" on your paved bike paths in Naperville, so maybe you should just stay there. The guy from Fort Wayne (the real arm pit of the universe) has to realize that the trails are closed so idots like him don't go out and rut it up after it rains.

Customer Service

If you are a a beginner start with the 1.5 mile trail. The main trail is about 5 miles with an additional 1 optional mile loop. Counter Clockwise is earier. There is a section of no very steep uphill going counter clockwise with a root that I can not negotiate yet.

Similar Products Used: Sylivan Slough (spelling?) Scott County Park.
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5
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3
pete   Cross Country Rider [Sep 28, 2003]

I rode this with my wife and we had a great time. If you are a stud and want a good hard quick workout, the 5 mile loop will do you well. If you are a beginner, you can always walk if need be. The hills are pretty stout but I would be more concerned with some of the downhill areas. They have a few sharp turns at the bottom. We rode ccw. Have fun, be safe. The rating of 3 is because the skill of the rider will determine the difficulty.

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3
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3
kkdstoll   Cross Country Rider [Aug 28, 2003]

I ride at Sugar Bottom Recreation area for the most part (great trail system). However when Sugar closed for the season 12/1 I head to Loud Thunder. This also is a great trail system (despite previous reviews) Much more technical than Sugar, with lots of steep hills (ravines), this trail is well worth the 1 1/2 hour drive. The horse@#$! is not a problem in the late fall and winter when I ride, although there are a few spots that are rough (the practice loop) due to horses.

Customer Service

The gate is closed after Thanksgiving so park at the lot on HWY 92. Ride in past the closed gate to the horse corral, trailhead is at the south end of the open field past the corral. Clockwise is a little more difficult.

Similar Products Used: Sugar Bottom Recreation Area (ICORR rules!) Sockum Ridge in Washington, IA
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4
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3
DaleRider1   [Dec 04, 1999]

Challenging and aerobic with enough technical interest for intermediate to advanced riders. F.O.R.C (Friends of Off-Road Cycling - Quad Cities U.S.A.) maintains this track in cooperation with the ranger. The run consists of over 6 miles of rapid-fire, twisty, ups and downs on relatively groomed single track crossing creeks (some on club built bridges) and twisting through old growth forest. A definate no bore ride in the QCA. Trails are in the process of getting signage courtesy of FORC and IMBA.

Similar Products Used: Scott County Park, Sugarbottom Recreation Area.
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4
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Matt Flaherty   [Oct 12, 2000]

I went to this trail on 10/12/00 and no bicycling signs were posted. Just one more case in point that the Quad Cities is the arm pit of the world.

Similar Products Used: I grew up in the QC area, to my knowledge the only technical trail in this area is near K-mart on Kemberly Rd in Davenport. There is a housing project near by and I wouldn't recommend going there either.
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1
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Damon R. Seys   [Oct 23, 2000]

The trail provides challenging downhill manuevering in addition to a few difficult, to nearly impossible, uphills. The trail may be short (4.1 miles +/-), but provides a rigourous workout for the intermediate cyclist. The trail can also be riden both ways providing for a challenging diversity.

Customer Service

I recommend taking the 4.1 mile trail north of the horse corral.

Similar Products Used: I would recommend riding at Scott County Park in Iowa. Not nearly as rigorous as Loud Thunder, but can provide a nice relaxing ride for a casual ride.
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3
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Zach   [Dec 17, 2000]

I feel the quad city area is very lucky to have this trail. So at times there may not be signs does that make this trail a bad one? This trail has been improved greatly. With hard work from a select few this trail has come over a huge cosmetic change. There are horses that share the trails here so beware. The land is big and in the fall when the leaves fall the area is beautiful. Its a good place to take the family for the weekend do a little camping and mountain biking

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4
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Dean Mayne   [Dec 20, 2000]

The only trails open to mountain bikes, are the multi- use trails South of the Ranger's house, (West & South of Lake George). The trail has recently been marked with numbered yellow flex poles and begins just SouthWest of the Ranger's house. There is approx 6.5 mi. of bidirectional single track, making a total of 13 mi. if you do it all in both directions. An out & back route from the Ranger's house is a challenging 8 miler. The trail winds in and out of several deep ravines and presents many technical climbs, descents and creek crossings. I always get a great workout, whether I'm pushing it or just taking in the views of the lake, but beginners can be quite overwhelmed. We always escort our new riders, and never ride alone. We strongly support IMBA trail rules and always yield to horses and hikers. Our local mountain bike club maintains the trail year round, generally meeting the second Sunday of the month from 8 am to 2 pm. I'd rate the trail about a Pro Par 6 or a Sport Par 10, if you count the possible number of dismounts anticipated in technical areas.

Customer Service

Loud Thunder "State Forrest Preserve" is located approximately 10 miles West of Milan, Illinois off route 92. Another route is heading East from Muscatine, Iowa. Parking is available on top of the hill above the lake, or near the horse coral when the camping areas are open.

Similar Products Used: 1) Sugar Bottom, Coralville, IA 2) Jubilee State Park, Peoria, IL 3) Scott County Park, Parkview, IA
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3
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