North Shore Bike Path

CYCLE CHICAGO, SIGHTSEEING RIDE, NORTH SHORE BIKE PATH Starting in Lake Bluff and ending in Mundelein, this easy ride connects with no fewer than six other bike trails. Riding this path will help you flesh out your understanding of bike trails north and northwest of Chicago. It will also inspire you to explore these other trails, perhaps even to connect them in new, imaginative ways. Overall, the ride is suburban and lightly wooded. The trees provide some shade and protection from the wind. This is not one of the most scenic bike rides in the area but it’s one of the most important because it runs eastwest and connects with six north-south trails, some of which are major trails. That makes this path potentially very useful. On its own, this path offers a straightforward ride that’s hardly ever crowded with bikers or joggers. There are many pleasant stretches with trees and bushes, flowers and grass, and plenty to see along the way. But since it parallels Highway 176 you’ll encounter traffic, noise and utility lines much of the way. Take the road crossings, of which there are more than a dozen, seriously since the cross traffic is usually not required to stop. Don’t try to turn this path into a speedway. The east and west ends of the ride are the most attractive. West of Waukegan Road, where the trail alternates between paved and crushed stone, there are more crossings. Be careful at two particularly ugly ones at Milwaukee and Butterfield roads where you have to go north to Highway 176, cross at the light and return to the path. Use the button for the pedestrian crossing signal and walk your bike across these two intersections. Do the entire ride in order to get a glimpse of the beauty of the Mundelein Seminary, Carmel Catholic High School and Marytown at the western end. FOOD AND DRINK You’ll find food and drink along the way. ACCESS Take Metra’s Union Pacific North Line to Lake Bluff. Go west on Scranton Avenue to Green Bay Road, south to Center Avenue and east to Mawman Avenue. Or, take Robert McClory Trail (east of the Lake Bluff station) south 800 feet to the first trail intersection where the North Shore Bike Path merges in from the right. Ride that path back north and west and take a left after 1,000 feet at the first intersection to find trailhead at Center and Mawman avenues. By car, park at Center and Mawman avenues
Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Kid friendly
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Intermediate (Red)
Ride Duration: <1 hr
Fitness Level: Medium
Shared Bike Path - Paved
Shared Bike Path - Dirt
On-Road Bike Lane
Off-Road - Fire Trail
Off-Road - Rail Trail
Off-Road - Single Track
Off-Road - Downhill
Estimated Distance (Kms): 25.0
First Aid
Bike hire facilities
Bike servicing
Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle / uber
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