below for descriptions of the best trails in Kansas.
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Best Mountain Bike Trails in Kansas
rocky routes through cedar forests … roller-coaster
hillsides … red rock canyons on sandy trails! Following is a
short list of the best-kept secrets in Kansas mountain biking (east
Yes, biking Kansas can be a challenge!
Crawford State Park (Fort Scott, KS)
The Drywood Creek hike and bike trail is a 7-mile circuit surrounding
Lake Crawford in Southeast Kansas. Rated moderate with technical
sections, the single track
is often level with a few steep inclines. The trail is most scenic on the
eastern and southern ends where it traverses a rocky, wooded bluff
overlooking the lake.
Riders will encounter stream crossings although none are likely to be treacherous
unless flooding occurs.
Elk City Lake (Independence, KS)
Eagle Rock mountain bike trail begins at the spillway where a sign and map
mark the trailhead and indicate sections designed for beginning, intermediate
advanced skill riders. Roller-coaster dips, switchbacks, head-on climbs and
log jumps provide a variety of experience for the rider on the 4.5-mile route.
views and boulders, old growth forest and native grasses are all a part of
Perry Lake State Park (Topeka, KS)
Originated to provide Kansans with a competitive course, many avid
riders agree the Perry Bike Trail system is one of the best and
most challenging bike trails
in Kansas. With steep successive climbs, switchbacks and many technical areas,
not to ride this trail without a “real” bike and a quality helmet.
These Kansas bike trails consume the peninsula and head up the lakeshore.
combine for more than 20 miles of single-track.
Tuttle Creek Reservoir (Manhattan, KS)
The Fancy Creek Mountain Bike Trail offers two
trailheads and 4-5 miles of challenging terrain for intermediate and
advanced riders. Scenery alternates from lake views high over the reservoir
to dark, cedar forest riddled with ancient limestone boulders. Upper
sections are very rocky and a few sections can be ridden by only the
most experienced. Technical areas and switchbacks interrupt flowing sections.
Intermittent streams are common.
Kanopolis State Park (southwest of Salina, KS)
Red sandy trails run at the base of rolling hills with red rock outcrops. Sandstone
pillars and arches, balanced boulders and mini caves hang over the Horsethief
Trail. The 25-mile, color-coded, multi-use trail system is open to cyclists and
offers some deep sand with slick rock outcroppings and shelves. Moderate climbs,
technical challenges and stunning scenery may take your breath away. There are
many water crossings on the trail. Cyclists begin at trailhead C.
Wilson Lake & State Park (west of Salina, KS)
Switchgrass Bike Trail has grown to 12
outstanding miles and earned its nickname “the roller-coaster.” Even
from the park road you can see the single track hover above ravines
and hug steep hillsides as it crosses the road for a wild, but scenic
Panoramic vistas, sandstone canyons, rock outcrops and lake views
are the payoff for this challenging single track. Three color-coded
are marked plus there are plans to add a loop for beginners.
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Outdoor Treasures (Trails books, a division of Big Earth Publishing)
©2013 Julie M. Cirlincuina