Slightly off-topic, but I've got some cross-country skis and was thinking of hitting the 606 this weekend. How's the snow cover at the moment? Or anyone else know of good trails I can get to via Metra?
The 606 was nearly totally clear of snow this morning.
Thanks. I might just try the lakefront. Best public transit option I could find is 2 hours each way, and I'd still need a $10 Lyft ride to get to the trailhead.
No skis on Metra? Boooo.
Weird, Metra doesn't permit skis? Even in the luggage storage area on the upper level of the train? That's really strange.
Yeah, I know. But then it's Metra, so it's whatever the hell the conductor feels like that day. Ended up renting a car and going out to the Indiana Dunes. Really nice spot. Only fell 4 times.
At least you got there somehow, and got to ski. Yeah, the operating rules for commuter trains can be odd at times(i.e. the prohibition of NICTD/South Shore in not letting bikers get off the train at low level stations, for their pilot bike program). You'd think Metra and NICTD would want to find a way to permit skis to be taken on the train, though!
If you hold them upright, they don't even take up any room! They fit on the bus just fine. Got some weird looks from people on the #81.
Went running on the 606 between Leavitt and Wood on Saturday and Sunday--was impressed how clean it was!
The Des Plaines River trail can be accessed by CTA, bus, and Metra. Or, you can ski at any of the city golf courses.
of course, you can always strap your skis to your top tube and ride to a trailend
I hit up the Marovitz course Tuesday PM. It was pretty nice. Though trying to go down Cricket Hill was a big mistake. I don't ride in the salt, too lazy to change out my drivetrain and no storage space for a beater.
The best groomed XC skiing is out in DuPage Co. They groom Herrick Lake, Danada and other forest preserves whenever they get snow. Both skate and classical grooming. Unbelievable in Illinois! With Cook Co. so retarded about winter recreation.
The best way to get to Herrick Lake is to take Metra to Naperville. I put my skis and poles in a cloth ski bag and have never had a problem bringing them aboard Metra, Pace or the CTA. Then connect with the #714 Pace bus on the south side of the station. Get off at the DuPage Forest Preserve headquarters on Naperville Road just north of I-88. The groomed ski trail is just north of the headquarters building, and winds around both Danada and Herrick Lake. You can even cut through to the Arrowhead golf course and go over to the clubhouse where they rent skis and sell waxes! Good luck.
Thank you! I'll pick up a ski bag for next season.