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Desplaines River Trail - winter riding?

Old 11-15-16, 08:10 PM
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Desplaines River Trail - winter riding?

Just wondering how long DPR is available to ride. I'm assuming once it starts snowing that's it till Spring?
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Old 11-19-16, 10:32 AM
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You can ride it all year round including winter.
I'm new to this biking thing but I did ride it from North Ave. to Lake Ave. and back last winter and it was a blast.
I'd venture to say the South end of the trail (around Belmont) is better once the snow falls and temperature drops below freezing because you don't have the typical mud/swampfest caused by spring/fall rainfall; I'd expect the trail to only be nicer the further North you go (at least that was my experience riding it during the summer).

That said, I'd recommend studded tires because you can and likely will run into sections where the entire width of the trail is covered by a sheet of ice.

Here is a clip from one of my rides after 1st snowfall last year
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Old 11-21-16, 11:28 AM
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Old 11-21-16, 11:30 AM
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Few other examples of snow/ice conditions.
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Old 11-21-16, 11:31 AM
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Dress warmly and enjoy!
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Old 01-09-17, 08:35 AM
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Quick update: The trail is very rideable between Dundee and North Ave. It's all frozen hardpack with no snow anywhere and only few small spots of ice, which you can fully avoid. It is very different than it was this time last winter.
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Old 01-09-17, 09:24 AM
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This is where I grew up and had my first "off-road" riding experiences (from like 1975-81). Thanks for the photos and memories. I'll shut up and go away now.
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