Maple Lake is a 9.2 mile loop trail located near Willowbrook, IL and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round.
Pretty good. Liked the natural trails with some elevation changes, which was exactly what we were looking for. The trails were a bit hard to follow because you keep crossing roads. At one point I got a bit nervous because we had to walk a 1/4 mile on the road and we had our kids with us. The trails are popular for bikers so you have to keep an eye out and be ready to jump out of the way. We hiked the yellow trail 3 miles around the lake.
Well maintained trails
great place to hike or mountain bike!
This is the best place to go mountain biking lots of hill up and down muddy roads you named you can truly get lost every time I go I sped about 3 to 4 r recommend to take sum tools food and lots of water
This is the best natural-surface trail system in the Chicagoland area, without a doubt. Built and maintained thanks to the Cook County Forest Preserve District and thousands of volunteer hours from the Chicago Area Mountain Bikers (CAMBr), this trail system sits within 14,000 acres of hilly, wooded terrain. Considering the fact that this is the Midwest (i.e. no mountains), and Cook County is the second most populous county in the nation, this is a great mountain biking/hiking/xc ski destination. The trail map on this site includes a good chunk of the available legal trails, but there is far more to discover here. I suggest downloading a trail map from CAMBr's website to get started: http://cambr.org/SMF/index.php?topic=359.0
Look out for interesting features such as the site of the world's first nuclear reactor - buried underground now and marked with commemorative stones. Best place to park is the mountain bike staging area at Maple Lake East parking lot (95th Street, 1/2 mile west of 104th Ave). This parking lot is right next to the "yellow" singletrack, as well as the Cemetary Hill trail. Please only use the trails when dry or frozen solid. One other word of caution - because its so close to Chicago, this area can get busy, especially on weekends in the spring, summer and fall. Consider riding early in the morning or during the week for the best experience.