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    As days get shorter and weekday riding opportunities fade some like to head to the trails after sunset. Below are the current policies of local parks regarding night riding and after dark trail closures.

    • Sunderbruch Park: Night riding is allowed at all hours. Park in the lot outside the main gates to avoid getting locked in!
    • Stephens Park: Night riding is allowed. Park is open until 11pm. Be off the trails before 11pm.
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    Trail volunteers dressed for success.

    How to prepare for a trail work day and some tips to make the experience more enjoyable.

    What to Wear

    • Long Pants
    • Long Sleeves
    • Sturdy Shoes/Boots with Chunky Tread
    • Eye Protection
    • Work Gloves

    Other Items to Bring

    • A light snack for longer (>2 hrs) work sessions.
    • Water. Plan on drinking 0.5-1.0 L per hour when working in hot conditions.
    • Sunscreen and a hat if working in open sunny areas.
    • Bug repellent, the DEET kind, and bug head nets if working in the thick of mosquito season.

    Types of Work

    Building

    Clearing & Grubbing - Clearing vegetation and debris from the planned trail corridor. Typically 4-6 feet in width. Stumps are removed that fall within the planned trail tread. Hand saws, chainsaws, & rogue hoes are best suited here.

    Benching - Involves digging into the hillside to create a flat surface for the trail tread. This flat ledge is called a bench. Rogue hoes and flat shovels do a majority of this work.

    Maintenance

    Rut Repair - Repairing footprints and tire ruts that hold water and keep the trails closed.

    Trail Trimming - Cutting back encroaching vegetation to open up the trail corridor using pruning saws, loppers, and string trimmers.

    Drainage Improvements ...

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    The green trail passes through a deep ravine with large Glulam bridge.

    The green trail passes through a deep ravine with large Glulam bridge.

    Dorrance Forest Preserve

    Want to get Involved?

    There will be plenty of opportunities for volunteer help on this project and the more help we get the faster the new trails will be ready for use. Click here to view the latest trail work day announcements. Click here to subscribe to the Dorrance forum (forum account required) to receive email updates about upcoming work days and the latest project developments.

    Summary

    Dorrance Forest Preserve is located right in the middle of Port Byron, IL making it a prime choice for recreation and specifically trails. This 80 acre park features moderate to steep terrain and is covered by large hardwood trees typical of the Mississippi River valley. The park is located just a short ride from downtown Port Byron making it a convenient recreation destination for locals or those just visiting.

    Trail Map

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    Planned Trails

    Three main loops of trail will be constructed at Dorrance. A green beginner loop, blue intermediate loop, and black advanced skill loop. Each trail will be around 1 mile in length.

    Check out our current plan for the Dorrance Trails. We gave this short presentation to the Village of Port Byron that outlines what we are doing at the park: Dorrance Trails Presentation

    Trail Information

    There is currently one short out-and-back hiking trail/road along the northernmost ridge paralleling Agnes Street.

    FORC is working with RICFPD to develop new trails at Dorrance. The new system is still in the planning phase but dirt moving is scheduled to begin spring 2016. Total singletrack trail mileage when completed is expected to be around 4 miles. Layout will be done as a stacked loop system, like many other local trails, with a main loop that is wider and less technical and a couple more technical/difficult loops branching off. Permitted trail uses are ...

    Public input is needed on WI DNRs decision to close the popular Over Lode trail at Blue Mount State Park as well as other future trail developments on the property.
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    Prairie trail segment at Geneseo Prairie Park.

    Looking over the prairie trail at Geneseo Prairie Park.

    Want to Get Involved With This Project?

    There will be plenty of opportunities for volunteer help on this project and the more help we get the faster the new trails will be ready for tires. Subscribe to the Geneseo Prairie Park forum to receive email updates about upcoming work days and the latest developments.

    Summary

    Geneseo Prairie Park (GPP) is located on the northern outskirts of Geneseo across from the Hennepin Canal Parkway Trail. There are ~55 acres of forested and restored prairie land at the park on which ~1 mile of old school doubletrack/singletrack hiking trail exists.

    Existing Trail Information

    Most sections of trail are easily ridden on a mountain bike but there are a couple of punchy climbs that might require a dismount. We recommend avoiding the Ike's Fen trail (closest to the canal) because it has many muddy areas, slick narrow boardwalks (ie. 2x6's laid on the ground), and a RR tie stairway that requires a hike-a-bike.

    Soils at the park are very sandy which lends itself well to fat bikes and quick dry times after rain.

    Small log over on one of the trails at Geneseo Prairie Park.

    Small log over on one of the trails at Geneseo Prairie Park.

    Trail difficulty falls between beginner (green) and intermediate (blue) skill level. Expect a couple punchy climbs, some tight loose corners, and a few small trail features.

    The existing trails are not well signed but trail maps are posted near common access points which are helpful. The trails are laid out in a network with many intersections in the forested area. It's possible to stitch together a large loop that will incorporate most of the trails.

    Trail Map

    Click here to view the trail map currently posted on the kiosk.

    Working Towards Sustainable Trails

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    Info about Stephens Park mountain biking trails in Moline, IL.
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    An example of the natural features to play on.
    The shoreline and river bottoms along and near Credit Island Park in Davenport is a fat biking paradise. No trail system exists, so it is bushwhacking, adventure and exploration at its finest. The summertime shoreline along Credit Island provides a rocky and sandy area to test your fat skills. Wintertime is the best time to ride, when local trail systems (Illiniwek, Sunderbruch, etc) may be closed or unrideable due to deep snow or the freeze/thaw cycle. This Credit Island area is in the Mississippi flood zone, therefore no trails are built or maintained. Upriver or downriver, ride the shoreline as well as the inland wooded areas, finding technical challenges such as downed tree trunks, logs, boulders and root systems upon which you can spend hours refining your skills. Be sure to take a moment to enjoy the views and observe the Bald Eagles that winter in the area.

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    FORC maintains eight trail systems within the greater Quad Cities area. Click the links below to see more information about each trail system such as trail maps, trail descriptions, directions, and hours.

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    Trail ruts caused by riding partially thawed trails.
    Trail ruts caused by riding partially thawed trails.

    What's the big deal with freeze thaw cycles?

    Dirt trails are extremely venerable to rut damage during the transition to and from winter because colder temps prevent the soil from drying. When soil freezes the growth of ice crystals push soil particles apart leaving large gaps that can fill with water when the ice melts. In a thawed state this dirt is much like a sponge and will absorb large amounts of water. It is also hyper sensitive to disturbance by foot/bike traffic and flowing water and will form ruts with little effort. Direct sunlight and above freezing daytime temperatures can thaw the top layer of frozen dirt and create an easily rutted, greasy, muddy mess on the surface. Overnight, lower temperatures refreeze the top surface of the trails, ruts included, and the process repeats when conditions allow (hence the name freeze thaw cycle).

    Why are ruts bad for trails?

    Expanding ice crystals loosen the compacted trail surface creating cavities that trap water. Result: a very thick mud when thawed.
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    The 206 trail weaves through branches of a large fallen tree.

    The 206 trail weaves through branches of a large fallen tree.

    Trail System Description

    After nearly two years of hard work and close to 1000 volunteer hours logged, six loops of new singletrack trail at Westbrook Park have been constructed. Two more loops are in the works but may not be completed until 2017. Riding all current trails will add up to a 5 mile lap. These trails were designed with sustainability and user experience in mind meaning lots of curves, gentle grades, good flow, and easy wayfinding.

    Temporary signage has been installed marking each loop and its difficulty rating until more permanent signage can be put in place. Trail blazes engraved with the trail number and difficulty rating can be found along the loops and were manufactured/donated by Custom-Pak in DeWitt. See the trail map for suggested riding direction (counterclockwise).

    The trails are marked frequently with blazes. Donated by Custom-Pak in DeWitt

    The trails are marked frequently with blazes. Donated by Custom-Pak in DeWitt

    The Trails

    101 - Beginner - The 101 loop is 1.3 miles in length, generally traverses the south and east perimeter of the park, and is the main gateway to all other trail loops.. There is a short climb 0.3 mi after crossing the Silver Creek bridge (going in a CCW direction) but minimal elevation gain through the rest of the loop. There are plenty of areas routed through tight woodlands featuring gentle sweeping turns.

    102 - Beginner - The 102 loop is 0.7 miles in length and begins by following the eastern boundary of the park before turning back along the the slopes of Silver Creek. Along the creek riders will encounter a short descent and climb, flowy turns, and gently rolling terrain.

    201 - Intermediate - The 201 loop snakes through the southwestern corner of the park and begins with a gentle climb to the top of a plateau. Once on top, the trail winds its way through open woodlands with minimal elevation change, transitions to a short turn packed descent, through a temporary stream crossing, and finishes along the banks of an undulating watershed. This trail is around 0.5 miles in length.

    202 - Intermediate - The 202 loop starts as a short climb to the top of a small bluff that overlooks the lowlands surrounding Silver Creek. Next comes a short zig-zagging descent down a gentle watershead towards a small feeder creek and follows it upstream to the south. Moderate rolling terrain with sweeping corners eventually get you back up to the top of the hill and reconnect with 101. This trail adds another 0.6 miles to the system.

    Stream crossing on the 206 trail.

    Stream crossing on the 206 trail.

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    Want to help fix the bridge and regain access to Sylvan Island?

    The City of Moline begins their 2-year goal-planning session on Monday, June 17, 2013, and some of what gets funded in the future evolves from goals sessions. It is important that city leaders receive input from the community about topics ...
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    Berm bridge on the Jubilee trail.

    Berm bridge on the Jubilee trail.

    Summary

    Sunderbruch Park is the crown jewel of off-road riding in Davenport, Iowa. Comprised of 99% singletrack trails, a full gamut of difficulty levels (green to black diamond) are incorporated into the seven mile trail system.

    Trail Information

    Sunderbruchís GREEN trails boast 2 miles of the most beautiful wooded scenery found in Davenport and test riders with a few small, beginner log crossings, one ladder bridge and one corduroy feature Our BLUE trails offer riders moderate changes in elevation, some rooted and off-camber terrain, a variety of corduroy sections and log-crossings, and large wooden berms and other wooden structures. BLACK Sunderbruch trails greet riders with fast descents and challenging climbs, creek crossings, some narrow winding trails, roots, skinnies, drops, and a plethora of logs. Sunderbruch has something to meet every riderís interest. You will not go home disappointed!

    Typical feature on the Jump Line trail at Sunderbruch.

    Typical feature on the Jump Line trail at Sunderbruch.

    Trail List

    • Kid's Loop (Beginner ) A short loop between the treeline and Blackhawk Creek near the parking lot. Geared towards younger riders with minimal climbing and easy to navigate trail. Enter/exit near the bike path bridge.
    • Kickapoo Up (Intermediate ) A quick climb from the parking lot to the top of the hill featuring a couple of boardwalks. Uphill use only!
    • Comlara (Beginner ) A gentle rolling loop with a few roots and a fun downhill run towards the end.
    • Farmdale (Beginner ) A longer beginner friendly loop featuring more roots, a few small log skinnies, and a little more challenge.
    • L.T. (Expert ) Widely regarded as one of the most physically and technically challenging trails in the QC. Stream crossings, drops, high speed rooty downhill runs, and a couple leg burning climbs.
    • Jubilee (Intermediate ) Fast and flowy section of trail with some climbing, drops, multiple bridges, and two large wooden berms.
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    Overlooking a lower section of the North Loop descent.

    Overlooking a lower section of the North Loop descent.

    Summary

    Set amongst the bluffs of northern Rock Island County, Illiniwek Forest Preserve features 5 miles of ultra flowy singletrack with the longest sustained climbs and descents in the QC area. The park offers a wide range of amenities besides the off road trails and is located on the Great River Trail bike path for easy car free access.

    Trail Map

    Trail Information

    Wooden berm on the South Loop descent.

    Wooden berm on the South Loop descent.

    The trail system is made up of five miles of purpose built single track trail which will satisfy riders of all abilities. The trails follow the natural contours of the surrounding terrain with many overlooks of the Mississippi River Valley and the park's deep ravines. One large ravine divides the park separating the trails into two distinct systems: the North and South ...

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    Bridge Closure

    The Sylvan Island trails are currently inaccessible without a boat and FORC is no longer able to maintain them. The city of Moline closed the pedestrian bridge providing access to the island portion of the park when critical structural problems were found during a routine inspection. The island will likely remain bridge-less for the next few years while the city of Moline works to replace it.
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    Boardwalk on the Tarmac trail.

    Boardwalk on the Tarmac trail.

    Summary

    The Scott County Park trail system offers the largest amount of singletrack at one location in the QC area. A full loop will be near 11 miles in length. The trails offer a variety of difficulty level from beginner to advanced and explore the diverse terrain and natural areas of the park. Trail character varies from open and flowy to extremely tight and twisty (bring the 26er!) with some short climbs and descents thrown into the mix. Be sure to try the many, optional, technical features along the way to add an extra challenge.

    Trail Map


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    Trail Information

    • Park View (Beginner 3.0 mi) Meandering paths through deep woods, open prairie and pine forest. With a small creek crossing thrown in for fun.
    • Long Grove (Beginner 1.76 mi) Open rolling wooded terrain, tall grass prairie segments, and "tunnels" through dense thicket. A 20 foot arched bridge takes you over Glynn's Creek.
    • ScoCoPa (Beginner 1.46 mi) Intermediate trail with tight, sharp turns and a fast downhill. Small roots, several small jumps and log skinnys lead to a challenging climb out at the end.
    • Tarmac (Intermediate 0.95mi) A couple nice climbs, long boardwalks, and a rewarding switchbacking descent through a large meadow overlooking Pride Lake.
    • Jumbo (Intermediate 0.48mi) Twisty and flowy with a few moderate climbs. A section of log rollovers and skinny's keep it interesting. An optional small drop brings you back to the main trail.
    • Bad Neighbourhood (Intermediate 0.18mi) Fun twists and turns lead to a steep 'pop-up' section that takes you out of the ravine.
    • Cannon Loop (Expert 1.84 mi) Short punchy climbs, narrow and twisty, and a few optional log ride features. This one will test both your bike handling skills and your lung capacity.
    • Area 51 (Advanced 0.61 mi) Many short and extremely steep climbs/descents through a stream bed, wooden ladder bridges, and numerous slow speed technical features. Bring your A game and a set of grippy tires.

    In addition to the singletrack trail system, there are also 5-6 miles of mowed grassy doubletrack trail that follow the perimeter of the park. These trails are open to equestrians, hiking, biking, and cross country skiing in the winter. There are also a few miles of hiking only trails located in the interior of the park. Check out the park overview map for locations of these trails.


  • Local Trail Conditions

    Sylvan Island

    Bridge Closed

    Sunderbruch

    Open

    Scott County Park

    Open

    Illiniwek

    Open

    Westbrook Park

    Open

    Stephens Park

    Open

    Prairie Park

    Open

    Dorrance Park

    Open

  • MTB Trail Etiquette

    • Ride Open Trails: Respect trail and road closures — ask a land manager for clarification if you are uncertain about the status of a trail. Do not trespass on private land. Obtain permits or other authorization as required. Be aware that bicycles are not permitted in areas protected as state or federal Wilderness.

    • Leave No Trace: Be sensitive to the dirt beneath you. Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage than dry ones. When the trail is soft, consider other riding options. This also means staying on existing trails and not creating new ones. Don't cut switchbacks. Be sure to pack out at least as much as you pack in.

    • Control Your Bicycle: Inattention for even a moment could put yourself and others at risk. Obey all bicycle speed regulations and recommendations, and ride within your limits.

    • Yield Appropriately: Do your utmost to let your fellow trail users know you're coming — a friendly greeting or bell ring are good methods. Try to anticipate other trail users as you ride around corners. Bicyclists should yield to other non-motorized trail users, unless the trail is clearly signed for bike-only travel. Bicyclists traveling downhill should yield to ones headed uphill, unless the trail is clearly signed for one-way or downhill-only traffic. In general, strive to make each pass a safe and courteous one.

    • Never Scare Animals: Animals are easily startled by an unannounced approach, a sudden movement or a loud noise. Give animals enough room and time to adjust to you. When passing horses, use special care and follow directions from the horseback riders (ask if uncertain). Running cattle and disturbing wildlife are serious offenses.

    • Plan Ahead: Know your equipment, your ability and the area in which you are riding and prepare accordingly. Strive to be self-sufficient: keep your equipment in good repair and carry necessary supplies for changes in weather or other conditions. Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear.