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Level: Intermediate
Length: 15 mi (24.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +632/631 ft
Total: 16 riders
 

Mountain Biking Adventist Academy Trail

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#9 of 35 mountain bike trails in North Dakota
#3,843 in the world

Start off the trail by going over the fence via ladder bridge. There are several of these scattered throughout the trail for getting over fences and water, and are all walkable or ridable, whatever you're comfortable with. The trail is singletrack through pasture. There are cows but they shouldn't bother you. This trail has nice twists and turns on the sides of hills, and up and down them. Nothing ever gets too steep, although some of the climbs are fairly long, curving around a hill. There are a couple sections going through some trees but are very short. Mostly it's just in open pasture. Although the recommended way is to start by going over the ladder bridge, it is reversible. In my opinion, this is just as difficult mile for mile as sections of the Buffalo Gap (Maah Daah Hey) Trail that I've been on. Bring plenty of water. You probably won't see many other people if at all, so that's a nice bonus also.

First added by twinsrule on Oct 31, 2011. Last updated May 11, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From Bismarck, drive North on 1804 until you get to the 71st Ave NW about 10 or so miles north of Bismarck. Take a left and drive until you find the Adventist Academy entrance. After this you will have to drive just another 1/2 mile down the road until you see a small lot off to the right of the road. You will also see a ladder bridge going over the fence.
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Rider questions

Q: I have not riddne this before, is there access to the trail off the highway? or in the academy grounds itself? I dont want to look like im trespassing by hopping the fence!

Q: Does it have any fun features like jumps and fast flowing berms or is it another xc style course?
A: Another XC style trail that mostly winds through a large cow pasture

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  • Josh L
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    XC all the way. Riding through the pastures with the cows was unique and added to the adventure. Signage could be a Little better and some parts of the trail are erroded. If riding in the summer definitely carry plenty of water.

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  • SingleTrackMind186
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    Hands down the BEST singletrack in the BisMan area. If you're man enough to get a little manure on your bike you won't regret riding here!

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  • twowheelfunman
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    I was passing through from Colorado and had fun riding this network. It hasn't been getting much traffic and it was even a little spooky being the only one and the academy is out for summer I guess because it seemed abandoned. :) A lot of work went into building these trails and it is appreciated!

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