Kinkaid lake - Trail, Murphysboro, Illinois

Kinkaid lake - Trail, Murphysboro, Illinois

DESCRIPTION

Fun technical singletrack, you must portage up some steep rock faces though. Most drops are rideable.

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 30, 2009]
Exige
Cross Country Rider

Road this trail today, started at the spillway, and it wasn't in great shape. In many places huge trees are down in the middle of the path and are very hard to get around because the steep hill on either side. Also, it was pretty over grown in a lot of spot with random holes in the middle of the brush making it almost too dangerous to ride.
However, when the trail was rideable it was a lot of fun but it didn't last long.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 06, 2005]
Anonymous
Cross Country Rider

I only got to ride the first 1/2 mile or so of the trail up from the dam, so consider this an incomplete review. My wife and I went swimming at the cool little swimming hole across the dam from the trail at the spillway, and I decided that on the way back down to the car I'd take a few minutes and check out the trail. From what I saw and rode, this is a place I definitely would like to see more of. Gorgeous setting, and the rocks are a fun challenge.

Customer Service

see Shawnee Mountain Bike Association's website, www.smbatrails.com

Similar Products Used:

Cedar Lake

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 26, 1999]
Anonymous

Bring a patch kit, some tubes and some bandaids. Leave your ego behind, you can really get hurt on this thing if you are too cocky. I dont know where to go once you get to the gravel road, i just turn around and come back the way i came. If you know about any different way to come back to the parking place, mail me or leave a post. This trail is one of the best in the area, and one of my fav's period. I have been to California, Moab and all around, and this is almost better than alot of that. 5 flaming chilis

Customer Service

Follow the intructions at the top of the page. Follow the GRREAT singletrack. It is faint in some places, but thats a good thing meaning not many people ride this hidden treasure. I dont know what to

Similar Products Used:

Cedar lake, kickapoo in oakwood.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[May 27, 2000]
Anonymous

This trail is not well marked, and you can very well find yourself lost quickly. The trail is extremely difficult to ride and is dangerous in some parts with steep drops off rock faces. The first downhill is extreme over a mile in length. Once you finally get through the brush, and rocks, and things sticking out of the ground, you will come upon Lake Kinkaid. At this point we were unsure of whether to carry the bikes up over a rock face and continue or where to go. It seems that the trail is lost at this point. We decided to turn back, which is mostly uphill!!! Very steep in places. This trail really needs t obe marked out, or some trailblazers need to get in there and figure out where it exits back to the spillway. Not a very fun ride. I would strongly suggest Cedar Lake to anyone who wants to bike this area!!!

Customer Service

The best way to access this trail is not at the spillway. Go past the spillway road until the road T's. make a right going towards Ava. Take the first gravel road on the right and follow it until it dead ends at the main trailhead and jump on.

Similar Products Used:

Giant City has some excellent rides (don't let the rangers catch ya!), Cedar Lake, and check out some of the fire trails at the Wildlife Refuge!

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
[Oct 03, 2001]
Anonymous

Ignore the previous reviewers' claims about the trail being unrideable. I've put in countless hours of work on this trail, and we lead a lot of trail work days out there as well. In the past year the trail has gone from an overgrown jungle filled with deadfall to the best trail in the immediate Carbondale/Murphysboro area. Though the trail doesn't have the big climbs and descents that Cedar Lake has, it doesn't have the erosion problems that come with them, either. The trail is full of quick, twisty rollercoaster ride hills, with plenty of roots and rocks to test your technical skills. About 4 miles into the ride you'll come to a dirt road-- turn right and you'll find a pretty little picnic area to take a break. The trail continues beyond the dirt road but we haven't done much work in this section as of yet. We hope to get this done in the not too distant future.

Customer Service

The most under-rated trail around!!! Kinkaid has at least five sections of great trail, with the Buttermilk hill section (spillway) being the most popular. To ride Buttermilk, park at the spillway and start at the top of the dam. The trail is an out-and-back, with a nice picnic area on the lake about 3 1/2(?) miles into the ride.

Similar Products Used:

Cedar Lake (not just the 127 side-- ride the less popular Rt 51 side too), Little Cedar, Johnson Creek, Fountain Bluff, and any one of the many sections on Kinkaid.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Oct 09, 2001]
Anonymous

This is a very challenging trail that has a lot of potential. This trail has some good dips and some technical climbs. The view and picnic tables at the end of the trail (for now) are a great reward for this demanding ride. This trail is constantly being improved and there is a lot more trail to be made. Enough cool part about this trail is the spillway near where you park, an awesome place to practice your bike handling skills at.

Customer Service

like the review below me states...

Similar Products Used:

Cedar Lake

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Sep 12, 2002]
Anonymous

An update for the trail-- it's been worked and is still being worked on. Now, when you ride from the dam, you'll find a short spur trail just past the double-track road. Turn right on that trail and head down the hill for a cliff jump and a refreshing swim! Still the best trail in the Carbondale/Murphysboro area!

Customer Service

Since this is pretty much a review of the trail as ridden from the dam, I'll leave it at that.

Similar Products Used:

Try riding from either the Buttermilk Trailhead (off of rt. 3) or Johnson Creek, which is a bit further west/north Of course, there's also Cedar Lake...

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Apr 17, 2003]
Anonymous

came down to siu and rode this for my first time. it was awesome. very underrated, i agree. i love the trails here in central illinois, but it was a nice change to actually ride on rock. if you follow the route in the description you cant get lost. it was technical, but well laid out and in great condition for this time of year. i definatly recomend this trail to the southerners of this state.

Similar Products Used:

cedar

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
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