Forest City Trail

4.29 out of 5
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↑ 2,600 ft
↓ 2,500 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
This is a new trail built by volunteers and Route 66 bike shop. Counter clockwise or clockwise either way it's pretty easy. There are a few areas (creek crossings) that may be challenging for beginners but a slightly experienced rider will have no issues with this trail. Lots of rocks and not much elevation gain.

Update 6/17/14:

For 2014 Forest City is upgraded with an additional 1.5 miles of trail and a new downhill-only pump/flow trail. Updated maps are available at the trailhead most of the time, and also can be easily downloaded from
added by mtnspectreGnarly July 18, 2010
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (13)

May 18, 2015
Review: Unfortunately the trails were too wet to ride without the possibility of creating damage. I did ride the Monkey Barrel (conservatively) a couple of times (once in each direction) to get some dirt on the tires. This section was fun and in drier conditions looks like a fast track. The trail is wide enough to get some speed. I hope to travel back to experience the rest of the trail. Kudos to the maintainers for such a nice riding opportunity.

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May 5, 2015
Review: This truly might be my new favorite place to ride. There are various connecting trails that I didn't get to but the main trail was simply a blast. And very pretty. It wasn't terribly difficult but it was not too easy to make it boring either. I loved it. The other thing I loved was the lack of traffic. It was a well maintained trail. Well marked. Yet not crowded. It's a fair distance from me but worth the drive.

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October 21, 2014
Review: I ride the Trails at least three times a month. The layout is excellent and the trails can be ridden by most Mountain bikers with some skills. I usually take two laps of the larger loop. I enjoy the varying rocks and roots and seem to get faster every time I ride it. I would recommend this trial system to anyone who want to ride a well built system.

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August 15, 2014
Review: Some side loops more technical

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July 22, 2014
Review: This is one of the best places to ride that you've never heard of. Forest City has been layed out on city property a short greenway ride from the center of St. James. It features a lot of rocky terrain, many twists and turns, ledges, and a neat little downhill run that can be repeated by taking a gravel return route. The trail has different difficulty options clearly marked. The only drawback was that I never quite knew where I was while riding. This is usually remedied with a trail map, but none were available at the trailhead the day I rode.

Similar Trail: Binder Lake

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May 22, 2014
Review: It's definitely a beginner trail for the most part, but there are some alternate routes labeled as more difficult that are intermediate. These sections are more technical and a load of fun. If you live close by it is definitely worth it.

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June 1, 2014
Review: I'd have to place over all dificulty at intermediate, just based on the amount of rocks, and climbing. I agree that the tech options are all pretty much intermediate, or at least doable with practice by a duffer like me :)

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July 23, 2013
Review: Narrow trail lots of rocks but fast with a few short climbs here and there. Very well mantained.

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March 17, 2013
Review: Awesome trail system! We rode it clockwise and it flowed nicely. Lots of rocks. The trail tread seems to change every mile or so which is pretty cool. There is some climbing but none of the grades are too steep or extended. Excellent use of the terrain. This was my wife's first ride of the year and she loved it.

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November 3, 2012
Review: Sweet. Really nice. Trail can go ether direction. Starting at parking TH is back by drive way on E side or you can go down the cinder path till pavement and you'll see the other end on the RT. Trails are well tended with no debris, even the leaves were swept off . Lots of the trail is nice smooth woods riding, but at least half is rocky gnarly stuff to keep it interesting. Three sections labeled intermediate have bypasses but they each have an advanced section in middle(should be ride able, even if I endoed :( It's also a good long trail with lots of good climbing, but you could bail half way on the jogging path.Way fun if you like some ruff stuff. Trail maintained by

* Review edited 11/3/2012

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September 26, 2011
Review: Enjoyed the trail. Nice loop than can be done rather quickly. Very few technical challenges. Mostly level with some slight elevation changes.

Similar Trail: None at this time. Just moved to area and checking them all out!!

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Forest City Trail MTB Trail 4.29 out of 5 based on 13 ratings. 13 user reviews.
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