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Kickapoo State Park

Intermediate

Trail

11.3 mile 18.2 kilometer loop
95% Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 892' 272 m
Descent: -892' -272 m
High: 757' 231 m
Low: 599' 182 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 31% (17°)

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A great trail for casual to advanced riders.

Adam Aull

Electric Mountain Bikes Not Allowed

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Family Friendly Kickapoo Mountain Bike Trails offer both a Kids Loop accessed directly from the parking lot/trailhead. Additionally, a nearly 4 mile additional to the Trail 1 beginner trail was completed in 2019.

Do not ride when wet!!

Overview

Singletrack throughout and directional flow. All trails follow a counter-clockwise direction. The are plenty of features on this trail to keep the ride interesting. Log jumps, dips, climbs, and technical switchbacks.

Description

The Kickapoo system is made up of trail segments. They are as follows:
Trail 2 begins with a short, steep climb called surprise hill. Its relatively flowy with a large ravine crossing near the middle. The ravine decent and climb are moderately steep.
Trail 3 is highly technical with twists, turns, and short climbs. There are several skinnies that riders who are unfamiliar with this trail will definitely want to watch out for.
Trail 4 has wall ride turns, a drop section, water crossing, and a long climb called heartbreak hill.It follows a twisting and slightly uphill path along ravine tops.
Trail 5 is a loop. It has a number of steep dips, log jumps, and a few narrow spots. There is a fast, flowing section before coming to the playground.
Trail 6 is straight-ish, fast, and mostly downhill with a drop midway and a table top at the end. This is one of the fastest portions of the system.
Trail 7 has a fast off camber downhill turn followed by a tight windy climb. It continues along bench cut ravines with downhill, climbs, and jumps. Touted as one of the most exhilarating portions of the system.
Trail 8 starts out with a moderate descent and climb that lead to the '3 kings'. The '3 kings' is a series of steep climbs ending in a tight switchback near the end. Use caution.
Trail 9 begins on Haul Road just a short ride from Trail 8. It has a few ravine dips prior to the major ravine crossing near the middle. The remainder of the trail is moderately level and exits onto Haul Road.
Haul Road is a dirt/gravel road running alongside the west side of the system. It is generally an easy ride that has several modest up and downhill portions.
Heaven & Hell is complex with narrow, bench cut downhills and tight switchbacks. This leads to a quick rise and drop in the middle before the an arduous climb back to the top of the ridge.
Nirvana begins roughly in the middle of Trail 6 and is a fast, steep downhill that transitions into flowing singletrack which gradually climbs up to meet the beginning of Trail 8.
Playground Loop is on the interior of Trail 5. A climb sets the rider up for a fast downhill with jumps in succession. This is followed by another climb leading to a 2nd downhill with more jumps.

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May 11, 2020
Ben Lundy
Nov 10, 2019
Frank Jones
Nov 9, 2019
Susan Marron
Excellent conditions
Oct 14, 2018
Marty Tank
33.4mi
Oct 8, 2018
M C
Sep 1, 2018
Chuck Taylor
Aug 28, 2018
Scott Magee
Nice trails. Well maintained with natural and man made features. Flows nicely.
Aug 11, 2018
Travis Arnold
Very nice. A bit serpentine, but helps work on cornering. Downhill section fun w/ some fun and steep drops 9.7mi — 57h 39m

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  4.0 from 19 votes

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  4.0 from 19 votes
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End of Trail 9, beginning of Trail 2, closing the grand loop!
Dec 31, 2015 near Oakwood, IL
Trail 2
Apr 8, 2015 near Oakwood, IL

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