argonne - Trail, burr ridge, Illinois

argonne - Trail, burr ridge, Illinois

DESCRIPTION

PRETTY TAME, BUT 9 OUT OF 10 PEOPLE WHO RIDE ARE NOT TRYING TO KILL THEMSELVES...ITS A NICE 10 MILE PATH THAT IS A GOOD WARMUP, OR A NICE RELAXING RIDE. ALL TRAILS ARE WELL MARKED, AND THERE IS SOME NICE SCENERY. I TAKE MY GIRLFRIENDS HERE ON OUR FIRST DATES TO SEE IF THEY HAVE THE DURATION. PALOS IS A SHORT HOP FROM HERE, SO IF YOU FIND THAT YOU DONT WANT TO DO THIS UNTILL YOU TURN 60, YOU CAN GET DOWN TO SOME REAL TRAIL RIDING OVER THERE.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 26, 2008]
hudley2244
Weekend Warrior

Is Argon any good anymore? I road it all the time in the late 80's and early 90's and all the single track were open and/or the rangers did not care. I remember it being good and fun. What happened? Is there any single track open? What wil they do if they catch a dude in his 40's? Just getting back in the saddle again after many years and want to know if it's worth my time.

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RATING
3
VALUE
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3
[Apr 06, 2004]
Bike-o-saurus
Cross Country Rider

I've only been here once because it was so incredibly chump. The trails are enormously wide, flat, and non-technical. I would bring my Aunt Debbie to ride here. I couldn't believe some guy was out here with a 2G carbon fiber bike. I'd eat scrotum fuzz if I couldn't do the whole thing on a road bike. If you want to actually go mountain biking, go to Palos. Or better yet, don't, so I can the trails all to myself. Bike-a-saurus Rex

Similar Products Used:

Three Ravines, Gravity Cavity, Stone House, Turf 1, Cemetary Hill, Ho Chi Minh, etc. etc. (i.e. Maple Lake Palos)

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
[Sep 08, 2003]
Dan
Cross Country Rider

It's a great workout, but it's not a technical (single track) ride. Keep the pace up and use some of the optional trail off the main loop for variety and extra mileage. The surface is finely crushed limestone, (similar to the IL Prarie Path) but there are some hills to get the heart rate up and there are only a few road crossings. I live near by so it's easy to get there a few times a week and get in 70 miles or so.

Customer Service

Counter-clockwise around the main loop with a right turn at the bottom of the long downhill past the Model Airplane field and continue along the tracks until you get to a grassy (fire lane) path that heads uphill to your right and follow it to the gravel road and hang a right back to the Main loop up by the Airplane field and continue. (about 12 miles per lap)

Similar Products Used:

-Palos North (off Archer & 95th St.) for the technical singletrack sections. (do the "3 Ravines" route) -Palos South (by the Toboggan Slides) if you want something in between singletrack and the nice

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jan 22, 1999]
Dan Wyszynski

i can leave my house on my bike,and ride to argonne, and enter behind the hindu temple. I follow that access road past the model airplane field and along the tall fence by the argonne bldgs. Follow that for .5 mile until you get to where it's chanined off,and take that grass double track around. There is also some hidden single track that is quite fun, some tricky descents, logs and other obstacles. Most of the time I'm out there it's just me and my killer v, and an occasional deer or deers. the singletrack is not well groomed but when the snow melts you can follow it pretty easily. overall it fun, close and something different but nothing compared to palos of jubilee in Peoria.

Customer Service

the crushed limestone double track is really easy, however, in the back sections by the waterfall and steel bridge there are some technical climbs that are fun but not much more to play on.

Similar Products Used:

Paols and Knoch Knolls in Naperville is okay, and out in warrenville near Rt. 59 and Butterfield Rd. there is a section on the south side of butterfield that i call the rolllercoaster cause of all ups and downs and weaves you do. Not alot there but it's fun and something different

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Jan 27, 1999]
"T"

First off, this trail is not called "Argonne". It's Waterfall Glenn. Secondly, ALL THE SINGLETRACK HERE IS CLOSED TO BIKES. So to the guy who posted that he rides it please stay off.

Why?

Because you're ruining the chances of it ever being opened. They were considering opening them up last year, but some boneheads keep making their own trails without any knowledge of water drainage or erosion.

If you want to show your stuff on the STEEP, ROUGH (for the area) singletrack, go south to Palos. But watch out for the closed trails their too.

I don't want to sound like some land activist, but we have enough problems finding good places to ride here. Lets try to keep the trails we have now open.

Customer Service

Start at the trailhead off Cass Ave South of I55. It's a 10 mile Loop so just follow the multitrack, limestone trail.

Similar Products Used:

Palos - There's no comparisons

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[May 31, 1999]
Steve

This is a good place to ride if it's been raining and Palos and the other trails are too wet. Everything here is 8' doubletrack with a crushed limestone base. The mileage is good but its not technical or anything. I always see cyclocross people out here (probably 'cause of the mileage.) If you new to mountain biking this is a good place to go. Its very similar to Moraine hills.

Customer Service

I-55 south to Cass Ave. south.

Similar Products Used:

I could tell you but if you live here you already know them all. (there's not much in Illinois!)

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Oct 04, 1999]
Joe Powaga

Nice easy white gravel trail. You really should go around twice if your serious about riding. It's a good warm-up for Palos.

Customer Service

Start at the trail head (west side of Cass Ave.)and begin going west (if you go east there are no hills). Just follow the trail

Similar Products Used:

Palos, Kettle Morain and Cheuamygan National Forest SP? (Wisconsin)

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Nov 23, 1999]
Bob F.

I've been riding this trail since I was little..many years..these aren't single track as the single track here is illegal, but it is an 8' wide crushed limestone (mostly anyways) trail that is easy to ride. There are some climbs (as good as you will find in this part of Illinois anyways). A good place to ride off road and away from traffic. Best to go during the week as weekends get busy with hikers, bikers, and horseback riders. About a 10 mile loop if you ride around the whole preserve. If it is technical or single track you crave, try Palos, Knoch Knolls, or Kettle Morraine. If you're looking for a good workout, try Argonne (Waterfall Glenn). Ride it twice! or three times! I give Argonne 5 stars for what it is meant for, riding.. nothing more, nothing less..Hopefully someday we will see the single track opened to mountain bikers!

Customer Service

start on the west side of Cass ave. just south of the frontage road and head west on the trail

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[May 01, 2000]
Dan

Good trail, a few tough spots. Not crowded, good for beginners/average riders. Also good for training, for it has a wide range of conditions. Go after it rains for even more fun!!!

Customer Service

(same as above)

Similar Products Used:

(none)

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Jun 06, 2000]
Dan

This is not a mountain biking trail. Being a roadie, it's a great place to keep in shape without having to ride on the road. I just do a few laps and it's almost like training on the road. Nice place to bring the family on a day trip or picnic. Trails are well maintained and not poluted.

Customer Service

Around and around

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RATING
4
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