Espenscheid - Trail, Cherry Valley/Rockford, Illinois

Espenscheid - Trail, Cherry Valley/Rockford, Illinois

DESCRIPTION

3 miles of single-track, moderate on technical scale, lots of turns, twisting your way between trees. Some log stacks, roots, dips. One-way trail.

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 25, 2013]
Alex
Cross Country Rider

I felt like the trip out to this trail was a total waste of time. Reason being: trail was conducive to falling or breaking your bike. Branches were scattered about in a way that asked for you to lose your head or go into your wheel. That aside the trail has a few fun parts but its cut short by an obscene amount of u turns taking you up and down the same ridge at different points. At one point you could see where you were going to be shortly. It really takes away from the fun of riding (for me at least). To add insult to injury, you can see the road from several spots as well as hearing semi trucks driving past.

For a 3 mile trail, it had better rock to be worth going to; instead it felt like an after thought of the preserve. Every other part of the park seems more thought out and is worth going to check out; quiet, serene and surprisingly nice people made the rest of the park a winner.

Customer Service

There is only one route, one path.

Similar Products Used:

Rock Cut is a much better alternative and is only slightly further away from the suburbs.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 30, 2010]
superford4x4
Weekend Warrior

Very nice trail. it was re-routed last year and is now just under 3 miles. its about 3 miles if you leave the parking lot, ride 1 lap, and go back to the parking lot. but its all 100% singletrack. tight, twisty and hilly(for this area). it will give you a good workout, seems like every time you come down a hill with some speed there is a sharp turn or logstack ready to kill your momentum just in time to go up hill. trail is well maintained i believe by a fellow named Rick, nice guy, if you see him out there give him a big thanks, he walks the trails regularly to trim and move downed trees.

Customer Service

park in the first parking lot on the left, head up the hill on the other side of the road. take a right and go about 100 yards and you'll see the fork. you can go either way. its a bit easier if you go right as you'll encounter more logstacks going downhill instead of up. but i usually do a few laps in each direction.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 09, 2010]
Jeff S
Weekend Warrior

Great trail and very easy to get to. I also like the fact that its not super long, I rode it today for the very 1st time and enjoyed it very much and my son who is 6 made it the entire way without complaining about being to tired. The trail could use a little grooming in a few places but otherwise its in pretty good shape. One thing its July and every time I stopped to wait for my son the skitters came out very quick, so don't plan on stopping for a water break.

Customer Service

counterclockwise

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 21, 2008]
Adam Solko
Weekend Warrior

3 miles of thorns that will tear up your limbs. A couple of twigs lay across the trail, they may call them 'log piles". There were downed trees and no hills. I would never ride this course again.

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
[Jun 17, 2008]
snowboarder
Cross Country Rider

Actually, not bad. Better than I expected. If you have rode Palos, Palatine, John muir, Des Plaines or Rib Mtn, then it is not as good as those, but it's somewhat technical and different. Let's face it, we don't have much to choose from in IL, so I'll take it. Take the trail counter clockwise(go right) and you'll start out on easy stuff and end up with a great ride the last 1/4 of the track. I didn't mind the tight trail with trees, that's fun. However, I ended up with about 20 or so straches to cuts from brush. Some grass on the trail on spots. I rode early June,so the trail probably gets a little better as its gets ridden.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 05, 2008]
nikwashere
Weekend Warrior

Not only was it my first time at big E, but also my first ride of the season and first real ride on my new build.

My initial thoughts are, wow, how did this end up in illinois?
The trail as all reports say, is very twisty, tight singletrack. This ride is fun, in both directions. I found clockwise to be a little faster of an overall run, but either way shouldn't take you more than a half hour to complete a lap, it is about 3.5 mile long, based on what others have said. The trail switchbacks the small hills available to give you some nice fast descents and some twisty uphills. There are log jams throughout the trail and the trees are CLOSE!! keep your head up and look down trail to see where it will twist next otherwise you will end up like an unfortunate stormtrooper. I even came across a few deer throughout my ride. There are no huge descents, climbs or hucks, but the tightness of the singletrack combined with the twists is a sufficient XC challenge. No real need for full suspension.
Do a few laps, go both ways and for the area there is no way to be disappointed. You have to rate it based on its own accord, this isn't whistler or the glentress.

Thanks to all that have made this trail a success.

Ride On!

Customer Service

on a weekday, like when i went, you will probably be the only person on the trail. Go both ways.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Apr 11, 2004]
BlastPrimo
Cross Country Rider

Visiting friends in rockford and they took me here. What a great trail. Short loop (3.3 miles) but good place to work on keeping speed through tight corners and some nice log piles. No major climbs, but some hills to make sure it isn't a flat ride.

Customer Service

Follow the path right across from the first parking location off of Perryville.

Similar Products Used:

Rock Cut

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jan 12, 2004]
bykpedlr
Weekend Warrior

Local bike club just added two more sections pushing it over 3 miles of technical single track. Nice place to work on single track skills, tight and twisty. Don't get caught looking around, you need to keep you're eye's on the trail or else eat bark! Check www.RCtrailcrew.org for night ride dates.

Customer Service

clock wise or counter cw

Similar Products Used:

Rock Cut State Park. Kettle Morain.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Dec 01, 2003]
Bill
Cross Country Rider

Tight twisty singletrack, no demanding hills but the closeness of the trees in relation to the trail will keep you on your toes. The Rockford club has really done a nice job of using every inch of space available. Well thought out trail, seems very much designed to IMBA specs.

Customer Service

Loop trail, back and forth. Shortness (3 miles) is the only drawback.

Similar Products Used:

Rock Cut

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 31, 2003]
old OI Punk
Cross Country Rider

Great place for Rockford area Mt.B'ers to go for a different ride. Lots o' turns and twists, some areas you brush elbows on trees on side of trail if you aren't paying attention. After you have rode a few laps, try picking up the pace, it will test your manuvering skills! The trail has a few unique features, such as an arching tree over the trail. A "sink-hole", a few dips and some areas that are a tight squeeze, requiring finesse. This trail is the result of WORKING WITH the county forest preserve. Local Mt. B. club, that I am a member of, (Rock Cut Trail Crew, www.rctrailcrew.org) built it with blessings and the O.K. from Winnebago Forest folks.

Customer Service

ALL of the trail!

Similar Products Used:

Rock Cut State Park, Kettle Morrain.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
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