Mountain Biking in Indian Road Woods, Chicago, Illinois USA

Trail length:
4 mi/6.4 km
Level of difficulty:
Out and back
Climb | Descent:
+100 ft/30.5 m | -200 ft/61 m
Chicago is the seat of Cook County, Illinois, USA. It is the third most populous city in the US and the most populous city in both the American Midwest and Illinois. Nicknamed as The Second City or Windy City, Chicago is situated on the southeastern shores of Lake Michigan, in the northeastern Illinois.

If you live in Chicago and wish to use your mountain bike in the city, there is a pretty difficult trail, where you can enjoy a great mountain biking session. The Indian Road Woods trail is a nice option, if you are looking for a singletrack nearby.

In its basic form the trail follows the river with a parallel trail on the higher ground above the flood plain for at least part of the trail. There is enough elevation change with +100 ft/30.5 m climb and -200 ft/61 m descent.

Roots and twists keep the trail interesting and you will find at least a couple of spots with woop dee doos and some jumps. The area north of central is one of these spots. There are a few spots, where you will come across some street crossings and a railroad crossing, so you have to dismount.

Keep in mind that there are lots of deer on the trail. Surprisingly this trail feels quite remote, although it is in Chicago and throws some fun obstacles at you. When the trail is dry, it is a good trail to get a quick singletrack fix close to the city!

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR FROM Springfield
214 miles/344.4 km, 3 hours 19 minutes
Head east on E Myrtle St toward S 5th St. Turn right onto S 5th St. Continue onto I-55 BUS S/I-55 Loop S/S 6th St. Continue to follow I-55 BUS S/I-55 Loop S. Take the exit onto I-72 E toward I-55 N/Decatur/Chicago. Continue onto I-55 N. Take exit 277A to merge onto I-294 N toward Wisconsin. Partial toll road. Take the exit toward Kennedy Expy/Chicago. Toll road. Merge onto I-90 E. Partial toll road. Take exit 84 for Lawrence Ave toward 4800 N. Turn left onto W Lawrence Ave. Turn left onto N Cicero Ave. Take the 2nd right onto W Foster Ave. Turn left onto N Riversedge Terrace. Continue onto W Berwyn Ave. Destination will be on the left.
BY CAR FROM Lawrenceville
270 miles/434.5 km, 4 hours 38 minutes
Head west on State St toward 11th St. Turn right onto IL-1 N/15th St. Continue to follow IL-1 N. Turn left onto IL-133 W/W Jasper St. Continue to follow IL-133 W. Turn right to merge onto I-57 N. Merge onto Interstate 94 W. Merge onto I-90 W/Interstate 94 W. Take exit 44B for Pulaski Rd toward Irving Park Rd/IL-19. Turn right onto N Pulaski Rd. Turn left onto W Foster Ave. Take the 2nd right onto N Riversedge Terrace. Continue onto W Berwyn Ave. Destination will be on the left.
Chicago O'Hare International Airport,
10.8 miles/17.4 km

If you wish to travel by train, Amtrak has stations almost in the entire Illinois. Take a train from anywhere in the US or Illinois and abort in Chicago – Union Station, IL (CHI). From there you can use the public transportation or rent a car.


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