Newton Lake - Trail, Ingraham, Illinois

Newton Lake - Trail, Ingraham, Illinois

DESCRIPTION

Mostly through the woods near the lake, lots of ups and downs, several steep ascents, some grass. Some of the climbs are really tough. Not very long but steep. Wide singletrack that can be ridden quickly for a great workout. Pretty smooth except for grassy sections. Several alternate routes exist.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jun 23, 2014]
oldfatdude
Weekend Warrior

************Trail is now closed. This trail was fun for 15 years or so, but is now closed. I'm thinking due to erosion and being built pre-IMBA, so unfortunately it wasn't very sustainable. Sorry to see it gone:( Maybe some of the local shops can work on getting a new set and/or rebuild.

Customer Service

None now.

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Nothing really close, except private property or fishing/atv trails on the Little Wabash River near Clay City. If you wanna drive a couple hours, then Brown County, St. Louis, and Southern IL are well worth the trip.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 07, 2008]
Anonymous
Cross Country Rider

just got back into riding. Been riding this trail for the past month or two. love it. it reminds me of the Sweet Williams Trail at SIUE in the early nineties. Very fast. Tons of ticks and wild life. Made for a 29er.

Customer Service

only one. Ride the last loop both ways

Similar Products Used:

SIUE (sweet williams/death ridge, its anything but deadly)
Chubb in Eureka Mo from W Tyson park side. It eats bike parts. One of the most technical trails in the US

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 14, 2008]
Anonymous
Weekend Warrior

4.6 miles(round trip)of rollercoaster singletrack. Out and Back with a small loop at the end. Alot of short steep climbs followed by equally short and steep decsents. The 2 largest and most technical decsents were basically unridable due to heavy rutting and erosion from the monsoon rainfall we've had this year. A thick wet leaf bed made it easy to get loose in some of the turns. This probably woudn't be a problem in a drier year. There were also a lot of sticks and limbs to slow things down. A little additional maintenence would make this trail perfect.

There are a few additional miles if you count the grass trail that runs along side the wooded singletrack, but I didn't ride it except for a few brief sections where the 2 trails intersect. Overall a great trail for this part of the state where good trails are hard to find. I will definitely be riding again.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Mar 27, 2006]
Anonymous
Cross Country Rider

This trail is close to home, so I checked it out. The trail is out and back and go in and out of the woods along the lake. The singletrack in the woods is first rate, and it is well maintained. The single track has lots of ups and down, and flows nicely through the woods. The single track is fairly techincal, and a interesting challenge to any type of rider. That's the good.
When the trails comes out of the woods you are riding on mowed grass wide and smooth enough to drive you car on. This is roughly 30-40% of the trail. For someone who prefers technical singletrack, these sections are boring.
This trail is an odd mix. The trail in the woods is technical with interest for for moderate to advanced riders and the trail outside the woods is strictly beginner like a ride across the golf course. If this trail stayed in the woods and was a loop with a little more distance I'd give it a rating of 5.
If your in this part of Illinois and have your bike, it's worth checking out. They do keep this trail well maintained, almost manicured.

Customer Service

There's only one way, out and back.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 25, 2001]
Anonymous

There are some surprises on this trail. Be prepared to plunge without much warning a few times. Be cautious first time through, then blast it when you know where the plunges are. Anybody can ride this, just be careful, trail is very smooth, but some sections will have you out of control if entered too fast. I have been riding only one year, still have not stayed on the bike for the entire circuit, more training needed.

Customer Service

Follow the yellow markers with arrows. On your way back to the trail head, under the power lines, go straight onto the grass instead of back-tracking left into the woods again. More wooded singletrack just ahead on a different course.

Similar Products Used:

Sam Parr State Park near Newton

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Jul 20, 2002]
Anonymous

Nice area that is hardly used, which is a shame. Nine miles of well-maintained trails (4.5 out and back)are designated specifically for bikes. There are also 12(?) miles of separate horse/hiker trails at the park. All run along the lake with periodic nice views and benches. Best time of day is dusk/evening. Tons of wildlife. Trail designers did a good job of creating a trail that fits many experience levels. Trail is actually almost two paralleling trails - the main 2-bike wide grass path runs nearly the whole way along the edge between woods and prairie, and the other is the single track through the woods (marked with yellow and black bike picture signs). They connect together constantly - variable lengths of the single track duck into the woods, then joins the grass for awhile, then back into the woods... The grass path is just a nice pleasant ride for the most part - almost any rider except for one VERY steep sandy hill with a sharp turn at the bottom that can't be bypassed - is still a "walker" for me. The single track is a mixture of winding woods paths and short hill sections, twisty at times. Gravel used at the bottom of gullys to patch water damage. No huge downhills here though.

Customer Service

More experienced riders will find the single track winding through the wooded areas more interesting. Newer riders can bypass most of the more challenging sections by staying on the grass path that parallels the trail - in particular skip the very first single track trail that breaks off from the grass path - can pick it up a bit farther down (my first major crash my first visit there). :-) Overall easy - moderate challenge depending on the sections you ride.

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The obvious - Kickapoo, Jubilee, Farmdale... Haven't been to Shawnee yet but its on the list.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[May 11, 2003]
Anonymous

Totally awesome for Bikers of all Status

Customer Service

I would Recommend the Grass Route to the left of the trail because it can give a good little bit of practice for ya the head into the deeper stuff which is totally awesome.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
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