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Trails are open or closed at park rangers discretion.
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Trail closing will be stated. If there is no statement the trails are likely open, but a call to the park office is a recommended second step just to be sure (563) 328-3282 ext 1. November through March the park office is closed and messages are checked a couple times per day.
These trails seem to be slower to re-open after rain than Sunderbruch or Illiniwek.
This featured ride encompasses all of the mountain bike trails at Scott County Park.
The trailhead starts at Pride Lake. There is a small parking area next to the lake and a larger parking area across the road.
The first loop is considered beginner level with plenty of room on either side of your bars. There are two intermediate loops that branch off and feature more climbs and descents as well as some man-made obstacles.
The second loop tightens up into some very narrow singletrack that will require the rider to tuck in to avoid hitting trees on the side of the trail. A more difficult loop named Cannon branches off after the pine tree straightaway. Cannon is considered the most aerobically challenging trail in the system due to it's length and the number of climbs in and out of the ravines. There are some new man-made obstacles on this trail that are not for the faint of heart.
The last intermediate loop is aptly named Pine Bowl. The entire trail surface is covered with pine cones and needles and will require the rider to pay strict attention in some of the tight corners or risk washing out the front wheel.
The final stretch back to the parking lot is fast and flowing, perfect for getting the heart rate down before heading out.