Saw Nee Key Forest Preserve - TRAIL

Saw Nee Key Forest Preserve - Trail, Yorkville, Illinois

Roller coaster steep single track. Mostly 5-10'' up and down hills; One trail has two 20'' 45 deg ravines. A lot of roots, few logs. Trails seem to be cut from time to time. Horses also use trails. The trails are rocky and dry out fast. Forest preserve is long and narrow running E-W. There are two long trails along either edge. There are at leasst 5 trails that cross between the border trails. The cross trails have the hills.

User Reviews (6)

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A from Il   Weekend Warrior [Aug 22, 2010]

These trails are the easiest in Illinois. Its hard to tell the difference between SWK and the fox river trail. Dust of that killer Next or Magna and get out here. There is a Walmart in Montgomery so you can get a 29er with disc brakes if you think you need it.

Customer Service

Anywhere, just pedal like your running from La Migra.

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5
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5
dkaros   Weekend Warrior [Dec 02, 2008]

The trail is 4 miles and located just off the river. Interesting layout with some of the trails being wide open, some along the river with minimal technical and some areas that are somewhat technically chanllenging.

The part that was challenging was a couple of areas that are a series of hills. They remind me of BMX type of hills. We rode on November 30 and conditions were a little wet but the trail was covered with leaves. The slight wetness made it difficult to ride because if you miss on the first hill, you will walk the subsequent hills. Also, all of us (4 riders) crashed at least twice because of the slight wetness.

We did check conditions and it was reported as dry and that it drys up quick. Also, I didn't think rained in the past few days.

I plan to go back under dry conditions. This trail was fun and challenging but I wish it was longer.

On one end of the trail there is a cable that has been cut or taken down. The other side of the cable seems to be private property. There is a pool there and a bunch of mobile homes. Stay out.



Customer Service

It is only 4 miles

Similar Products Used: Palos
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4
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4
ShredArpeggioMan   Weekend Warrior [Sep 01, 2008]

I have been trying to find trails like this in Illinois for a while! I have been riding at the John Muir trails in La Grange Wisconsin, and these trails put the John Muir trails to shame. (in my opinion, that is). These trails are the perfect combonation of quick singletrack riding, rolling rhythm sections, log crossings, hill climbs, and plenty of places to catch some air:) One thing that concerns me about these trails is the fact that there is no pattern to the trails. Meaning, you can ride them any way you want. Also, there are alot of 3,4 and 5 way intersections which could be a bit scary if youre not careful. But, aside from all that stuff, these trails are my new favorite! I cant wait to go back.

Customer Service

Park at the trail head, which is the first parking lot on the left (and the giant wood sign that says, "TRAIL HEAD" haha:) There is an outer trail that seems to outline the entire area, which is mostly rolling hills that are fun to blaze through at a high rate of speed. The real fun is the cross trails that connect from one side of the forest to the other. This is where all the steep stuff is at.

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5
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3
finerbiner   Weekend Warrior [Aug 04, 2008]

Go to this trail to work on your technical riding skills. The constant up and down twisty nature requires a commitment to speed with control that no other illinois trails can match. Crashes can be nasty because many trails are rocky and ride narrow ridge tops so wear your pads and have a blast. Unlike anything else in this area

Customer Service

It's hard to get too lost because the area is not that large. Ride them all. A map is available at cambr.org

Similar Products Used: palos
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5
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4
Hand/of/Midas   Racer [Dec 01, 2007]

very unique, worth the drive to check it out, a knoledgeable guide helps though. its great for working on skills. SS riders do well here, because you never get a chance to shift anyway.

Customer Service

good guide.

Similar Products Used: palos
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5
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5
Muddy D   Cross Country Rider [Oct 12, 2007]

A reforested strip mine that is loaded with mounds. This makes for constantly challenging trails that go over and around all the mounds. Elevation change isn't dramatic, bt the short climbs get steep none-the-less. The trails are like roller coaster rides, which is how they got their names: Anaconda, Wildcat, Colossus, .... The trails, which were originally built by equestrians, can be confusing without knowing your way around - there are a lot of places where shortcuts and connectors let you change up the route. But it's a blast to ride and gives you a really good workout. Get in on a group ride with the local group who maintain the place - CAMBr West – by posting up on their forum at www.cambr.org. The trails are in much better shape now than in the mid 2000's when they were rarely trimmed back.

Customer Service

Explaining the route takes more words than MTBR allows, so just go to cambr.org and check out the trail description in the Trail Guide (Northern Illinois section). Bring it with you, along with the trail map available there, and it'll help a ton.

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5
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4
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