This is a quick and easy route from our store to Deer Grove East via the Palatine Trail.
There are a couple moderate hills. The Deer Grove East loop is about 3 miles around and is beautiful in Fall and Summer. This is restored Prairie in many areas.
There are picnic tables and shelters if you want to hang awhile and have lunch.
Head North on Smith Street, go West or left on the bike path. Follow it to Dundee and turn left to the intersection of Quentin and Dundee. There is a very good breakfast lunch place here called Jelly Cafe.
Cross into Deer Grove and follow the road to the first right and up to Quentin. Cross over Quentin, riding past Camp Reinberg and then you will see the Deer Grove East Loop. Each one is 3 miles, so happy riding!
This is my (Tom’s) favorite route. It is almost guaranteed that you will see a deer or two if riding in the morning. It is not crowded at all–a few runners, and no walkers—and you will see a few other bikers. The loop starts at Ela and Algonquin.
You get there by following the Palatine Bike Trail to Algonquin near Harper College. The road riding for a few blocks to Roselle and Algonquin is pretty easy riding and the only non-trail section.
There is a great Mexican restaurant called Tacqueria Maya near Roselle and Algonquin if you want to grab a cocktail and tacos after your ride.