Moraine Hills - Trail, Wauconda, Illinois

Moraine Hills - Trail, Wauconda, Illinois

DESCRIPTION

This is a state park that is open for mountain biking. All of the trails are wide crushed limestone trails. It is not a real technical place to go riding but there is some good mileage along with some rolling hills to make it interesting. This is also a great place to go fishing after a ride and a nice place for xc sking in the winter. Take the people who don't like mountain biking here, as it is good for beginners.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jan 15, 2004]
Technically Singletrack
Cross Country Rider

Serious potential for singletrack here! there's old singletrack that i explored a bit that was wicked. some decent elevation on this one singletrack trail, all marked closed to bikes. Lukcily i didn't get a ticket but i heard of people getting tickets. This place could be turned into a pay-for mt bike park like kettle if they wanted to.

Customer Service

singletrack offshoots but beware, i've heard of people getting tickets. I was lucky.

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[Apr 05, 1999]
Rob Pecor

Consists of 3 loops. The Red Loop is the main loop at 3.7 Miles. The Yellow and Blue loops branch off of the Red loop and are 2.0 and 3.2 miles in length respectively.

Trails are crushed limestone and some area's of paved. Most of the trails are 6-8' wide. In April '99, the trails were in pretty good shape, a few area's had alot of divots.

Some larger hills here. About half of the Red Loop is all up hill, and very challenging if you save that part for last. Park at the Kettle Woods area for ending up hill.

We took our 2 children (2 years and 1 year) in a bike trailer and had no problems hauling them.

Great place for beginners, as you can do one loop or more depending on your fitness level.

Customer Service

Take all 3 loops for a nice hilly, and scenic route.

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Go about 45minutes south to Glen Waterfall (Around Argonne labs).

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[Jan 26, 2000]
Randy Schlack

I've ridden this trail over 500 times, mostly at sundown, when the deer and other animals are out (geese, rabbits, turtles, skunks, coyotes, etc.). Have seen up to 17 deer on one ride. They often jump across the trail just in front of you or even run along with you. Keep your eyes out for the deer, especially at dusk and while night riding (use good lights). The trail is usually open until an hour after sundown.

Riding this trail "quickly" gives a terrific workout due to the constant curves and hills, but be careful of the hikers (another reason to ride later besides the beautiful sunsets and the animals). Trail periodically gets pretty washed out due to rains (e.g., late '99), so be very careful on the soft and rutty curves if you're going fast. The trail is maintained only once or twice a year.

While on the "dam" loop (along the Fox River), take the short trail to the dam to add a bit to your ride (and maybe visit the refreshment stand or the WC).

This is a great ride and one that will never bore you as long as you keep up your pace.

Customer Service

All 3 loops = 10.25 miles and takes about 42 minutes riding briskly (14mph average).

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Though the new Fox River trail between McHenry and Crystal Lake is all paved and mostly straight, the first mile out of Crystal Lake is wildly hilly and has some wicked curves. Another good "workout" ride!

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[May 16, 2000]
Tim Kalina

Some beginners from work asked me to take them here (I am an advanced rider and sport-class racer). This is the first time I have ridden these trails. This is ground zero for off-road biking. The crushed limestone is so hard packed that it's almost like concrete. In fact, some sections are paved! Very easy and only moderate rises (you can't call them hills). Unless you are an absolute beginner with no skills or fitness you won't have much fun here. Road bikes and cross bikes would be fine here. The scenery is very pretty thou and a plus for beginners is that the trails are one-way so they won't have to worry about bikes coming the other way. Also, the shortness of all the loops makes it easy to adjust the riding distance to match beginner's fitness levels. This would be a nice place to take the kids for a short ride, then take a hike in the nature preserve.

Customer Service

All the loops as they all are very short.

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I usually ride Kettle Moraine or Palos so I can't recommend anything because I don't know the area around here.

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[Apr 11, 2001]
Kevin

It's a gravel limestone path. No challenge and not worth the drive unless you like to walk.

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Much better trails @ Kettle and Palos

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[Jan 02, 2003]
Tom

Nothing technical at all here! I usually ride here once a week strickly for distance. The only thing this trail system is good for is turning the pedals.

Customer Service

the whole thing twice...At least!

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