Council Bluffs Trail

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.19 out of 5
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Intermediate
12
miles

Singletrack
↑ 1,400 ft
↓ 1,200 ft
1,303
elevation (ft)

Loop
Trail Description
About this trail
Great trail that circles a large lake in the Mark Twain National Forest located in the Council Bluffs campground. Has multiple trail heads located at the campground, boat ramp and beach area. Trail offers a variety of challenges but none to overwhelming for a beginner wanting to get their feet wet in mountain biking. A well conditioned rider can easily complete this trail in 2 to 2.5 hours. Also connects into the Ozark Trail if you desire a longer ride. Great scenery as it winds around the lake. A must ride! http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/marktwain/recreation/sites/council_bluff_trail/
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Recent Trail Check-ins     (4 total check-ins)
  ryancozart   on Aug 27, 2016
  Tony Buttice Sr.   on Sep 6, 2015
  heckmanlloyd   on Jun 17, 2014
  mtnspectre   on Apr 6, 2013
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Gramcounter


June 19, 2017
Midmoab Gramcounter  
 
Review: We rode this on Sunday the 18th after a pretty good rain storm. The trail was wet but in good shape. We checked with the ranger to be sure that riding would be ok. We rode in a counter clockwise direction from the boat launch parking lot. The first two to three miles was pretty rocky and rooted with obstacles seemingly pushing me towards the downhill lake side. Miles three through six were a bit more mild for obstacles but lacked flow. Many downhills were followed by steep inclines with rocks and roots. This is an ungroomed hiking trail that one can ride a mountain bike on...not really a designed bike course. Lots of fallen sticks and branches to avoid as well as high waster wash/debris at coves. With that said the last six miles are pretty mellow and fun. Variety of open prairie feel to alpine/moss covered rock gardens. Worth the ride.

Similar Trail: Knob noster for rocks

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Granny Gear

May 8, 2016
trcd25 Granny Gear  
 
Review: I recently moved back to MO and this was my first time here. Challenging, but awesome. Next time I would like to ride it in the opposite direction.

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Gramcounter

March 19, 2016
ryancozart Gramcounter  
 
Review: Great trail was awesome for the first 6 miles or so, if that's 12 miles I'm way more out of shape then I thought. No cell service so there is no way to track ride. The trail is not marked very well at all WARNING : do not attempt to ride this 1.5 hours before dark we got lost finally got cell service off the trail up a hill they had to send a search party but that was our fault. Other than being lost for 3.5 hours and almost dying I loved the trail however I doubt my loved ones will ever let me go back again. Big thanks to Bismark Fire Dept for finding us finally at 10:30 pm in the rain still somehow 10 miles west of our cars. A better marked trail would make this a perfect trail

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Bunny Hop


September 13, 2015
 
Review: Rode CB yesterday. Trail was in good shape after rain the day before. Shared the trail with a couple other more advanced riders and about 40 hikers. Great day to be on the trail.

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Bunny Hop


September 6, 2015
 
Review: 1st time on this trail. Definitely intermediate ride. Started at 7am and done by 945. It was dry and fun. Cleared every spider web along the way.

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Granny Gear

June 13, 2015
 
Review: First off no cell signal! Go with a friend or make sure someone knows your going. Take water! I made the mistake of not taking water. I'm from florida so it wasn't that bad. The trail for me isn't marked very well. I didn't have a way to track my ride but it's the longest 12 miles I've ever riddin. Great view the hole ride! The mix of loose to hard pack rock was new for me! Fun and fast!!!! I will ride it again!

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Bunny Hop

February 9, 2015
 
Review: Really fun trail!!! Rode Middle fork the day before I hit this trail and was bored, but this trail was interesting, really fun, hilly, and great views. A true mountain bike trail, not just a hilly road ride in gravel. This trail should be rated much higher than Middle fork, I was confused how people would rate a trail mostly by physical ability needed rather than skills. If you are in the Potosi area, be sure to ride this one before you do the others, and then when you hit the other trails and find after a few miles you are bored then you can go back to this one. If you are not bored on the middle fork, then you really do not like any technical stuff in a trail. Sorry if it sounds like I am bashing Middle fork but it is boring compared to Council Bluffs!

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September 21, 2014
Guest   
 
Review: Be careful during hunting season. Was there over the weekend 08/20/14. A biker was shot by a hunter. Its fall archery season. Hope he is okay.

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January 21, 2016
mongwolf   
 
Review: Are you giving such a low rating because of this supposed incident? Or did you not like the trail for some reason?

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January 17, 2016
Guest   
 
Review: I find this very hard to believe.

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Granny Gear


October 8, 2013
 
Review: This trail just received it's fall manicure. The corridor has been widened and the briars beaten back to the dirt. Fast, yet loose in a few of the lower lake cove off camber corners. Leaves are just starting to turn colors and fall. Best shape ever!!! (10/6/13) The only access point open during the Government Furlough is Enough Boat Launch located on the South end of the lake via Hwy 32.

Similar Trail: None.

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Trailblazer

July 7, 2013
 
Review: I started at the campground and went counter clockwise around the lake. The trail was well maintained. There are markers to guide you back onto the trail once you hit some roads. The trail has some very small sections that might make it an advanced trail. It has some of the best scenery I have found in a Missouri Singletrack.

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Council Bluffs Trail MTB Trail 4.19 out of 5 based on 16 ratings. 16 user reviews.
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