Deer Grove Trail & Palatine Trail

CYCLE CHICAGO, SIGHTSEEING RIDE, DEER GROVE TRAIL & PALATINE TRAIL This bike ride in Palatine links a relatively small forest preserve multiuse trail with an extensive suburban bike trail system. It’s a wonderful example of how connecting trails allow you to vary your route and enjoy multiple areas and diverse settings - all in one ride. Such variety keeps a bike ride interesting. Deer Grove Forest Preserve The main loop, the Red Trail, has several lateral cracks in the pavement, which will make the ride a little bumpy on a road bike. Quentin Road divides the preserve into two sections (east and west). The Black Trail into the western section is smoother and more wooded than the Red Trail. After an initial visit to get acquainted with the preserve, come back and explore the extensive network of almost 10 miles of mountain bike trails, some of which are pretty rugged. Be sure to stay on designated bike trails, however, since the preserve has suffered a great deal of damage and erosion due to mountain biking in unauthorized areas. Palatine Trail This trail is more linear, developed and suburban than the forest preserve trail, and it runs along utility lines much of the way. Nevertheless, it’s quite pleasant and scenic, passing parks and schools, beautiful homes and wooded areas. The trail connects with other trails, including the Arlington Heights Bikeway. The Palatine Trail crosses several residential streets and a few busy roads. At Hicks Road, it features a safe and convenient underpass. Wouldn’t it be nice if all busy road crossings along Chicagoland’s bicycle trails were replaced with such an underpass or a bike bridge! FOOD AND DRINK Plenty of water along the way, but no convenient restaurants or stores. Best to pack a lunch to enjoy at one of many picnic spots. ACCESS Take Metra’s Union Pacific Northwestern Line to Palatine and bike north on Smith Road to Dundee Road. Turn right; after 400 feet turn left on Pepper Tree Drive going into the preserve. The Pace #699 bus will get you to Dundee and Hicks roads, half a mile east of the entrance. By car, enter the preserve from Dundee Road going north on Pepper Tree Drive, half a mile west of Hicks Road and two miles east of Route 14 (Northwest Highway).
Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Kid friendly
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Beginner (Green)
Ride Duration: 1-2 hrs
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): 24.0
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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