February 27, 2016
I visit Topeka occasionally because my wife's family lives here and this wasn't here first time I've brought my bike. I live in Delaware so my expectations weren't high for flat Kansas, but this trail was fun and we'll maintained. Whoever built it did a great job of squeezing as much as possible into a small area and tried to use what little hills were there effectively by snaking the trail back and forth. This created lots of short climbs and descents and some fun tight turns.
I wouldn't necessarily rate by his trail as intermediate but there are some fun tricky obstacles that could be a challenging for a beginner. It's mostly flat and the climbs that do exist are short. There are three sections marked with white, yellow and red paint on the trees. There are little arrows nailed to the trees that do offer some guidance but in the white section occasionally seemed to lead me back to where I started.
Enter from the end of 25th street and aim north at the remains of the old building and you'll find the white marked trail on the north east of the creek is a bunch of flowing singletrack that crosses itself a few times and has few obstacles and very little to really challenge. There are however a few very short downhill sections that are pretty fun. Head east at the ruins and cross the bridge at the bottom of the hill to the yellow marked trails which is also very flat but has some fun dips into an old creek bed, and a few fun creek crossings. This section is a bit sandy and has some open field. The red trail to the south end was much more fun. It had some rocks, roots, fast flowy sections, and a few steep rocky climbs(short but fun). Each little climb was followed by a nice rocky descent. I rode this section twice just for fun and the second time through there were some sections you could really rail.
All together I did almost 10 miles in just under an hour but that was doing the red section twice and doubling back on some of the fun stuff. It's not an epic ride by any means but for where it is made for an awesome afternoon ride. The trails conditions where great for February and the trails look well maintained with the exception of lots of trash. It's not in the best area of town and looks as though people may hang out back there sometimes.