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North System Descent

Intermediate
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One of the area's longest, fastest, and most fun downhill trails.


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Map Key

0.4

Miles

0.6

KM

Singletrack

770' 235 m

High

604' 184 m

Low

26' 8 m

Up

176' 54 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

24%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

One-way Only (downhill) Trails closed when wet, during spring thaw, and freeze/thaw conditions. For current conditions check www.qcforc.org.

Description

This trail starts with a mellow downhill grade as it departs from the overlook loop and quickly gets steeper. A tight chicane turn checks your speed and leads into another short steep section before turning uphill to bleed off speed. A blind right-hand berm awaits over the crest of a ridge. You'll want to check your speed here. Immediately after this is a tight left-hand switch-berm which will set you up for a long flowy downhill stretch.

This section is narrow and weaves around many trees as it makes its way back towards the trailhead. It gradually opens up as you descend and a few rollers will appear as the gradient tapers off. After the rollers is a large 180-degree berm that can be taken with plenty of speed.

The trail flattens out and becomes more twisty after this point and will take you back to the Connector Trail at the base of the overlook stairway. The upper section of trail was benched into a very steep hillside so you may even get the feeling of exposure in some areas.

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Photos

Switchbacks a the end of the North Loop decent.
May 9, 2015 near Hampton, IL
Turfstone pavers armoring a steeper section with berm of the North Loop decent trail.
May 9, 2015 near Hampton, IL
Illiniwek Connector Trail bridges.
May 18, 2015 near Hampton, IL

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