The Center Trails

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.19 out of 5
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Intermediate
15
miles

Singletrack
↑ 2,300 ft
↓ 1,800 ft
831
elevation (ft)

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Trail Description
About this trail
There is a nice trail system behind the Art Center. Trails are singletrack, hilly and somewhat technical. There is no official designation on their use, but it is on City land and thus should be legal. The trails have been used for years by cyclist and hikers.
added by Guest December 31, 2002
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Trail Q&A
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Q: any jumps or skinnies, drops? -Guest

A: Skinny yes. about 30' 2X6 span. Drops maybe if you want to go between trees over roots. I havn't seen it all.

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Reviews (26)
 

Granny Gear

May 26, 2016
rlogan3 Granny Gear  
 
Review: Wet and slippery, not good conditions. If it was dry, might be ok but I think it would be hard to get a hard workout as the trails are not designed for biking-more for hiking.

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Bunny Hop

March 11, 2016
515Bryan Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Only rode the upper trails but really enjoyed it. The flow is good and some nice challenges depending on how fast you are looking to go. The whole area is really neat area. You could take the family to walk or swim while you ride!

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Granny Gear

October 26, 2015
 
Review: So had a great day in Des Moines riding the Center Trails, the reason for a 4 rating is the proximity to Downtown, and the ease of connecting via paved trials (we hit Jasper Winery, and enjoyed their MadHouse Brew).

Word to the wise for out of towners like me. If you are looking for a nice ride with some hills and lung burning this is not the place. There is one nice loop with some terian and vert in the Ashworth park area. Beware that as soon as you get into the river bottom it is nothing but flat river bottom like Geroge Wyth, fun and flowy but....
This would be a great family trail..
Props to the club that maintains, trails were well marked, good bridges (in the Ashworth section) and good downhill (east side of the road in the Ashworth) do the uphill on the west side and enjoy the dh on the east side....
Would have been a 3* at best if not in down town Des Moines
The only similarity to GW in waterloo is the river bottom....GW has no flow no signage..fyi

Similar Trail: George Wyth-waterloo

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Trailblazer


September 28, 2015
jasfoto Trailblazer  
 
Review: Fun trails with some nice flow. Didn't get a chance to ride the lower trails closer to the river, but very much enjoyed the upper trails. I like how the trails flow along the ravines. Couple spots with some roots to give you a little challenge. Bet it's beautiful in the fall.

Similar Trail: Murphy Hanrehan in the Twin Cities

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August 7, 2015
Guest   
 
Review: Great rhythm sections, and nice flowing downhill, then turn around and head up the winding uphills. great trails!

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Trailblazer

March 9, 2015
Rob Ames Trailblazer  
 
Review: Where is this trail located. And where is this roller coaster section or the more intermediate sections. I drive to Des Moines for work would love to shred these trails...

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Granny Gear

November 8, 2014
Ben Johns Granny Gear  
 
Review: Rode the roller coaster today for the first time. A bit intimidating the first time through, but a blast the next time with knowledge of upcoming drops, climbs and bridges.

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Gramcounter

July 22, 2014
Hyrum1959 Gramcounter  
 
Review: Fun ride. Windy, timber trails, with some climbing, but nothing terribly difficult. Located in the center of town, easily accesible. Group rides on Wednesday evenings at 5:30.

Similar Trail: Gunn Park Trails

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Gnarly


October 28, 2013
mtbark Gnarly  
 
Review: The trails on the north side of the tracks are a bit more technical then those on south side. Most of the climbing is on the north side as well. The trails on the south are pretty much flat and flowing. The signage at the trail is not real good, it took me some looking around to find all that I did and still not sure I found it all. There are trails going every which way on the north side. The trails are not real technical and most of the climbs should not be a problem for someone who has been ridding for awhile. South side would be great for novice riders.

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Poseur

October 26, 2013
 
Review: Directions to the trailhead are correct and very easy. You cant miss it from the parking lot. Having someone who can show you the trails would help a lot because they start and stop on the paved bike trails so its difficult to pick it back up again after getting on the pavement.

The hilly side of the trail is just that, hilly. I was disappointed in the trail because I havent ridden it in a couple years and the hills have been used quite a bit, causing roots to be exposed. Roots kill your momentum when going up hills and killed my fun a little bit too. The downhill parts are fun and some of the corners are tight and come up on your fast. In the flatter sections there are some fun obstacles, a tetter totter, some skinny bridges, and a tractor tire buried half in the ground. The flatter part of the trail has a better flow, but I think it gets and stays soggy after rainfall. This trail (and all other trails in town) is leaf covered making cornering at speed questionable.

Fun trail with a lot of variety. CAUTION: this is a very busy trail, with people going both directions on bikes and on foot, it is not recommended to wear headphones while riding this trail ever and it is very important to watch for others. There are a lot of people walking the trail to look at the leaves, take pictures, and generally be a hazard for you. Stay safe.

Similar Trail: Sycamore trail, Banner State Park trail

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The Center Trails MTB Trail 4.19 out of 5 based on 26 ratings. 26 user reviews.
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