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Level: Intermediate
Length: 0 mi (0 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: -
Total: 4 riders

Mountain Biking Elk City Lake

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#31 of 81 mountain bike trails in Kansas
#6,035 in the world

A precipitous rock bluff marks the north margin of the river for several miles above the dam site. The State of Kansas uses 11,680 acres of project lands for wildlife management and public hunting.

First added by TrailAPI on Apr 25, 2013. Last updated Apr 28, 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 Independence, 7 miles north on US 75, 4 miles west and 2 miles south on county road.
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  • AussieMatt   ✓ supporter

    Someone has been fixing this trail up since I was last here and they have done a great job. I couldn't even find half the trail last time. Seems like they need a bit more local interest though. Local bike shops I visited didn't even know it existed.

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  • GregInSticks

    Rode the trail in March, found that the left turn into blue intermediate was more of an overgrown goat trail and lost it about a quarter mile in. After trying again and staying to the right, I found the main section. It is only a little over a mile and learned that the locals ride it 5 to 10 times to get a ride in. However, I discovered they were building a new section and found it to be quite fun, if a little demanding on the climbs. It adds about 3/4 of a mile to trail, making the whole thing about 2 miles. Although short, it was a lot of fun.

    I would suggest parking just South of the trail before you cross the dam. If you park below where the sign is, you will find the climb up the grassy bank to be a rough start.

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  • MTBCrash29   ✓ supporter

    Parked at the lookout, Didn't see this sign but found some trails. Mainly for hiking I think, so I may have made it to the wrong trailhead. Lots of Rock.

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  • AussieMatt   ✓ supporter

    In addition to my previous review you just need to go straight when you get to the shelter and push through the overgrowth. You will find the trail that winds up the ridge to be mostly intact and rideable on your right. Sign posts are still in place.

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  • AussieMatt   ✓ supporter

    Has the potential to be a great trail if some work is done on it. I think all that would be needed is to walk through with a brush cutter and clear out the lower trails. Managed to ride up most of the difficult trail which switchbacks up the ridge. was quite fun descending back down. With some TLC it would be a good mix if beginer to advanced riding. Only short but you could just do loops. This is a great location.

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  • Adolfo Sanchez

    Heavily overgrown early summer 2014. Only saw flat singletrack following the spillway creek. Turned around after 1/4 mile

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  • Adolfo Sanchez

    Visited early summer 2014. Heavily overgrown, so turned back around after 1/4 mile. Saw flat singletrack following the spillway creek.

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  • Schmo

    This lake has a great landscape with it's tall rock bluffs, glacier limestone, Oak / Hickory woodland, and Bluestem / Indian tall grass. The trails here have a way of showcasing it all. The bike trails are not very long but display great change of terrain and technicality.

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  • Schmo

    This trail is in beautiful south central Kansas. There are large rocky bluffs, heavy timber, and tall grass prairie trails. The bluffs on this trail are to steep to ride, so you only go about 1/3 of the way up the hillside. You start off on a overgrown prairie trail that follows the Elk River. The wooded trail is somewhat technical with rocky inclines, nice downhill, and tricky sharp turns. All of this is packed into a small area. The trail could expand up the hill a bit more to make this a extremely great ride. The trail could be marked better to let the riders enjoy the hole ride without having to ride the same trail twice or having to guess your way around the trail.

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