South System Descent
ElevationAscent: 2' 1 m
Descent: -160' -49 m
High: 771' 235 m
Low: 613' 187 m
GradeAvg Grade: 12% (7°)
Max Grade: 31% (17°)
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“A flowy descent from the South System Loop with three large wood berms and a short boardwalk.”— D. H.
Midway through the trail is a series of three wooden berms featuring steam bent deck planks. Riding the berms isn't mandatory. Two features have a flat inner deck and one has an inner dirt trail as a bypass. A word of caution: don't ride high on the berms if you don't have the speed. The front tire will wash out and you may go over the top. This is quite a drop on the first feature. Lean into the berms and they will take you where you need to go.
After the berms is a short boardwalk which spits you out into a fast and winding downhill section with a few small rollers and in-sloped turns. The trail ends along the base of the large grass hill heading back towards the trailhead parking lot.
Local Club: Quad Cities Friends of Off-Road Cycling (FORC)
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Land Manager: Rock Island County, IL - Forest Preserve District