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Convenience!

By charharp8 in July, 2014

I love the Salt Creek Trail. It is close to my house and it offers a lot of great scenery and mileage options. You can ride the one way 7.7 miles from Brookfield Zoo Woods to Oakbrook area or you can ride the 27 miles from Brookfield Zoo Woods all the way to connect with Busse Woods. It is always kept clean and there are plenty of friendly riders to encounter.

Confusing

By wjc1954hotmail in July, 2014

Started in Elk Grove signs start to get confusing in Woodale,had to ask a local for directions.Got through Woodale had to ask another local.Trail is well marked from Woodale through Addison lose it at 83 and lake gave up and turned around.
In general,the guys that plan these trails ought to ride them to see how some of them don't match their maps or signs.

Wow

By ryanalf in May, 2014

I have ridden the northern sections of the trail many times. Today I was riding home from Downer's Grove and picked up the trail in Oakbrook Terrace. The trail was well marked, mostly asphalt and it went over or under all the busy roads.

Cool trail !

By importdoc in May, 2014

This trail is a great mix of forest preserves and urban riding.We took a round-trip route from Western Springs (Bemis Woods) to Elk Grove Village which showed 41.3 total miles on my GPS.

OK, But...

By danora11 in April, 2014

This is a nice map for showing what the trail looks like but you can not get the distance of a section of trail. I wanted to know how far a particular section was and this ap will not allow for that.

By holliel in April, 2014

Adventure!

By dickieshonda1 in June, 2013

Trail starts down the street from me in EGV. I love the views and the different types of ride adventure you get throughout the towns. A must for all bicycle riders!

Nice ride, but confusing....

By emandrews32 in May, 2013

We rode the short 7-mile original section of the trail starting at Brookfield Zoo for the first time. Most of it is nice, winding path through forests. This was in spring, so there were plenty of flowers blooming and riding through tunnels of honeysuckle bushes smelled wonderful. There were plenty of deer, birds and other wildlife to experience as well.

We, however, are used to riding a trail system in a less urban area that follows along a river bed, so has less street crossings. I understand that having a contiguous trail in a densely populated urban area with streets on a grid will cause street crossings. This section of the Salt Creek Trail, however, has several that are poorly marked or not marked at all. At the intersection of Cermack and Mannheim, the trail seems to disappear, with no indications at all. We only were able to continue due to directions from a jogger using the trail. The crossing at 31st street is also confusing and not marked, but we were able to figure that one out with a little head scratching.

Due to it's twisty nature and many crossings, it may not be great for hard core training. The fact that it doesn't allow for great speed, does make it ideal for families.

I would recommend this trail, but one should study the route first and not trust that it will be clearly marked.

By chubbycheeks in August, 2012

My husband and I have ridden this trail three times this year, once last year. We rode it regularly for years, but then moved away. I had heard it had deteriorated in the intervening time. Well if it did, it is ok now. It is asphalt, and some of the asphalt has buckeled, but I have seen worse. Good points: there are picnic groves where you can rest. Bad points: No water. When we rode the trail years ago, if the water pumps were not working,we would leave the trail at the Manheim Rd crossing and go buy a drink at a convience store or at the Jewel. The old outhouses have been replaced with port-a potties. The old out houses were cleaner!! The wells have been capped. You cannot even see where they were. The section we ride is from the Brookfield Zoo to Bemis Woods. There is a genuine toilet at the Bemis Woods parking area. Overall, the hill are gentle, and the trail is shady. I would submit pictures, but the photo system has a problem. It did work a month ago.

By chicago lefty in July, 2012

Salt Creek Greenway now complete

By clanders in November, 2010

Salt Creek Trail in the Bemis Woods Forest Preserve - wooded forest preserve paved path in good condition, but subject to flooding during heavy rains, especially in the spring. From the trailhead at Mc Cormick Ave & 31st street (just west of the zoo's north parking/entry), there are five major road crossings of busy roads only one of which is at an intersection with crossing lights, however, the others are well marked. This trail is heavily used by bikers, runners, and walkers.

The original 6.6 miles from the Brookfield Zoo to the western edge of Bemis Woods Forest Preserve has been extended to a 32 mile route that ends at the Busse Woods trail loop. The project is officially complete and it is possible to ride from the zoo to Busse Woods. The 0-mile is at the intersection with the Busse loop south to the 32 mile marker near the zoo. There are some on street sections along this route, but most is paved trail and some crushed limestone trail.

More info here:

http://www.1track.org/SCGT_w.html

http://geognerd.wordpress.com/2010/07/03/salt-creek-greenway-trail/

http://www.elmhurstbicycling.org/advocacy/pdf/map-6.pdf