Lewis And Clark Monument

4.16 out of 5
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↑ 1,100 ft
↓ 900 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
The trail begins on the north side of the monument for a demanding and hilly singletrack. You will find this trail to be technical and well built.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Trail Q&A
Rider Questions


Q: Does anyone think this trail is going to be rideable today? I'm just passing though but it looks very wet around here. -LongHaulBilly

A: yup

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Q: Is this trail one big loop -Tanner123

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Reviews (21)


July 21, 2019
addy87 Gramcounter  
Review: This is a compact, solid trail system. Many thanks to THOR for maintaining the system. I only got lost once but figured it out after I did a lap so it's marked nicely. For the Midwest, this trail has lots of climbs, drops and twists thanks to the Missouri River valley. Some of the downhills are challenging and the climbs can seem to be straight up. I cased a few hill drops and several were not walkable, meaning you're going down on wheels only. Also, there are two jump sections, one with a ride around and another one without that are for advanced riders. The drops are, if measured straight down, at least 6' in height but with speed, they're a lot more than that. As this is built along the bluffs above the Missouri River, there is a lot of elevation changes and as others have said, there are some tougher climbs. All doable for the intermediate rider. You can get up a lot of speed and that's needed to make it up some of the hills. All in all, great trail system and I can't wait to come back.


June 14, 2018
Review: Not for beginners. Fast up and downs, an active and widely used trails. A lung burner on a few of the climbs. Many optional wood features.

Granny Gear

September 29, 2017
Review: Fast and flowing

Granny Gear

September 1, 2017
bushho Granny Gear  
Review: I have just started mountain biking again since 20 years ago. The bikes are so much better. This trail can put your bike and you thru it's paces. There are lines for all levels of ability except really advanced. The trail markings could be better but I think if you ran they it a few times it would be OK. I live 60 miles or so away but will make it a point to get back as often as possible. Makes me want more of a full suspension trail bike than a cross country hard tail.

Granny Gear

July 5, 2017
Review: I really enjoy the heck out of this trail. Lots of fun. Wish it was a little better marked so you know your going the right way but overall it's a great ride


August 24, 2015
mongwolf Epic  
Review: Great trail as advertised. I rode it twice this morning. Very high on the fun meter. LOTS of technical nuggets with short steep ups and short steep downs and even some places to get some good speed though they are short. There are some good places to get a little air too. It is the kind of trail that you want to ride very aggressively, but it requires a lap or two to get familiar with it because your line of sight (at least in the summer) is usually quite short and it is quite narrow. So there is not much room for error. To nail the short steep ups, I definitely had to shorten my front shock. All in all a fun challenging trail.

The only thing lacking may be sustained periods/stretches of high speed. But this is a small urban park, so that is a bit much to ask for.

I will post a couple of photos of the trailhead to supplement what others reviewers have said about its location near the entrance/gate of the monument.

There is one steep llittle chute (see photo) into a little ravine that you don't want to miss. You'll know it when you see it. It is off to the side of the trail and has a dirt wall you bank up onto immediately after you drop into the chute. It also has a nice surprise hidden around the corner -- a big wooden jump. And that is followed a couple of more non-jump structures. Don't miss this part of the trail.


August 18, 2015
Jason_Kahn Gramcounter  
Review: I was driving from NY to Colorado and wanted to find a place to ride each day of the drive. I spotted this local on Singletracks and sought it out. This place is awesome! the quality of the built trail and the amount they have squeezed into such small acreage is amazing. The berms, jumps, pumps had me squealing like a kid. It's only downside is the limited number of miles. Expanded and this place could be a destination. Met some of the trail builders after my ride and they were great. If you're in the area definitely check this place out. You will be glad you did.


February 17, 2014
stumpyfsr Singletrack  
Review: Trail entrance is really easy to miss. Right after the gate look to the left for a little sign - this is an entry point. It's built on very hilly terrain but climbs are not too difficult. It's more like rollercoaster. Don't let Black Diamond fool you - even beginners could ride this trail.
Right now trail is rideable only in the morning when frozen. I think it would be muddy in afternoon.
In general, very intertaining system and I would recommend to ride it for those who passing by Council Bluffs. Never thought I could ride such a good trail in a "flat" Iowa


October 8, 2013
Review: Trailhead is almost hidden. Literally about 10 feet inside the gate to the monument on the left side. You have to drive in to park, then ride down the hill to the trailhead. No signs were posted to the trailhead at the parking lot either.

Not being from the area I brought my bike and decided to hit a bunch of trails in the area. This being rated the most difficult I made it my first day. The rating is right on, for a irregular, recreational rider this is a tough trail. Technical in the manuevering and steep both incline and decline. Cardio will be tested here. The climbs are not wildly steep but there are so many of them it will get anyone panting.

This ride had considerable "pucker" factor. Within the first 20 minutes you get moving downhill at a good speed and there are "steep consequences" should you go off the trail down the bank. The dropoffs/ steep banks along the downhill side the trail at some parts also make this an advance trail rating. This time of year the trail is covered in fallen leaves that make the downhills difficult to control, be aware the leaves will get between your tires and the dirt and you will slide if braking hard.

RECOMMEND RIDING WITH A GUIDE YOUR FIRST TIME. Ride with someone who knows the trail. The trail markings are great at first, then they get confusing and what was a tree branch barricade you then go over and it is easy to lose your bearings and your patience.

Similar Trail: Banner State Park, Indianola IA; Decorah MTB system, Decorah, IA


September 3, 2013
Review: So far this is my favorite trail this year its really fun and fast. It just has great flow who ever built this did a great job. The only thing I would like to see is a couple of 1 foot tall rollers 5-8 feet before a couple of the drops for some fun flowin step downs. Btw the trail head is wrong in the description. It is right at the entrance on the south side stay to the left the exit is on the right.

Lewis And Clark Monument MTB Trail 4.16 out of 5 based on 21 ratings. 21 user reviews.
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