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Help for current best route to Vertical Endeavors and Two Brothers - anyone interested in climbing then drinking

Hello Chainlinkers,

I am wondering what the best current route to take out to Warrenville and if anyone would be interested in riding out there to go to Vertical Endeavors to go climbing and then to Two Brothers for some beer before riding back?

I've read good things about the Illinois Prairie Path and the DuPage River Trail, but don't really know a good way to get them from the city. Sometimes these bike route programs take me on roads that are not so ideal, so a little out of the way for a more fun ride is always preferred. I don't think riding Ogden all the way out would be that much fun especially with gear etc...I know others have posted some routes but some are fairly old and I am looking for more of a less Argo ride through cars speeding past me. Starting point I guess depends on who and how many might want to join. I'd probably leave from South Loopish or near Douglas Park.

VE is about 4 milesish from Two Brothers.

So any possible belay buds or new climbers thinking this doesn't sound totally stupid wanna join or anyone with previous riding out to Warrenville got the better know how for the route - please join or help if inclined.

thanks
Nate

Tags: 5.10, Route, Warrenville, beer, belay, brothers, climbing, two

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If I weren't nursing a sprained ankle I'd be down for that. If you want to do it in a couple weeks I'd be interested.

Prairie Path is definitely the best way to bike to Warrenville. There is no "good" way to bike to the Prairie Path from the city. I've done it several times, and each route has its own trade-offs. You should note though that if you are looking at old routes, Maybrook Drive didn't exist a few years ago. Getting to/from the eastern terminus is a lot nicer now that one can cut through Concordia Cemetery.

Another option is putting your bike(s) on the Metra and taking that out to Glen Elen or somehere along that stretch of the path.

And once you get out to Warrenville, you'd be well served to bring a GPS or a smart phone if possible. We get lost getting to Two Brothers pretty much every time.

 

The Prairie Path begins at the Forest Park Blue Line terminal.

Depending on how much climbing you want to do, some amount of Metra assist probably is a bad idea.

Tony Adams 6.6 mi said:

Another option is putting your bike(s) on the Metra and taking that out to Glen Elen or somehere along that stretch of the path.

And once you get out to Warrenville, you'd be well served to bring a GPS or a smart phone if possible. We get lost getting to Two Brothers pretty much every time.

 

That is awesome news! Thanks Adam! The old terminus at 1st Avenue(?) was pretty sub-optimally located.

Adam Herstein (5.5 mi) said:

The Prairie Path begins at the Forest Park Blue Line terminal.

No problem! I would definitely be interested in a ride out to Two Brothers.

Tony Adams 6.6 mi said:

That is awesome news! Thanks Adam! The old terminus at 1st Avenue(?) was pretty sub-optimally located.

Adam Herstein (5.5 mi) said:

The Prairie Path begins at the Forest Park Blue Line terminal.

What happened?

Cameron 7.5 mi said:

If I weren't nursing a sprained ankle I'd be down for that. If you want to do it in a couple weeks I'd be interested.

I meant to say, probably isn't a bad idea.

Cameron 7.5 mi said:

Depending on how much climbing you want to do, some amount of Metra assist probably is a bad idea.

Tony Adams 6.6 mi said:

Another option is putting your bike(s) on the Metra and taking that out to Glen Elen or somehere along that stretch of the path.

And once you get out to Warrenville, you'd be well served to bring a GPS or a smart phone if possible. We get lost getting to Two Brothers pretty much every time.

 

Crashed on the Dearborn bridge on my way to work Sunday.

Kevin C 4.1 mi said:

What happened?

Cameron 7.5 mi said:

If I weren't nursing a sprained ankle I'd be down for that. If you want to do it in a couple weeks I'd be interested.

The IPP can be pretty sloppy if the temps rise.  Some stretches become about as bikeable as a tar pit. 

 

The good news is that you can bike parallel to the IPP from Berkeley pretty much all the way out to Wheaton on bike path frontage roads and/or residential streets a block or two from the path.

 

From Wheaton to Vertical Endeavors an alternate non-path route on residential streets is available but a cue sheet is recommended.  Those not interested in rock climbing can kill time across the street in the Rock Bottom Brewery.

Having driven by the First Avenue entrance I would of never known it continued on the east side of First Ave.  Looking at Google maps it looks like you can go through the cemetery across a ped bridge and down Maybrook Drive.

Tony Adams 6.6 mi said:

That is awesome news! Thanks Adam! The old terminus at 1st Avenue(?) was pretty sub-optimally located.

Adam Herstein (5.5 mi) said:

The Prairie Path begins at the Forest Park Blue Line terminal.

Bummer to hear about your ankle Chris and you're probably right about too much riding before climbing. I like the idea of using the blue line at Forest Park as a meet up point for everyone before biking out to either VE or rock bottom. groundhog's day is on a Saturday (feb 2), this gives some time for Chris's ankle to mend and maybe some more time to get some more people. Hey maybe we can bike the Red and get a slice at Miguel's. what do folks say to the 2nd? And what time to start?

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