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South System Descent

Intermediate
 5.0 (3)

A flowy descent from the South System Loop with three large wood berms and a short boardwalk.


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0.3

Miles

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KM

Singletrack

771' 235 m

High

613' 187 m

Low

2' 1 m

Up

160' 49 m

Down

12%

Avg Grade (7°)

31%

Max Grade (17°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

Features -none-

One-way only (downhill). Trail system is closed when trails are wet and during spring/fall freeze & thaw cycles. Check here for current trail conditions.

Description

A long descent, for IL, with a drop of ~100' from the upper South System Loop. The first section is pretty mellow with a small dirt berm shooting you into a blind right-hand corner. Another 50' down the trail, if the undergrowth isn't in the way, you'll have a great view of the approaching features and trail winding through the ravine below.

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.

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Curved wood berms at Illiniwek Forest Preserve on the newly rerouted South Loop descent.
May 9, 2015 near Hampton, IL
Wood berm on the newly rerouted South Loop decent trail.
May 9, 2015 near Hampton, IL
The Berms
Oct 19, 2015 near Hampton, IL

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Oct 4, 2015
Patrick Jensen
Awesome flow! Nicely maintained trail.