Memorial Park Trails

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AVERAGE RATING
*****
4.76 out of 5
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Intermediate
5.0
miles

Singletrack
↑ 500 ft
↓ 600 ft
821
elevation (ft)

Loop
Trail Description
About this trail
The trail system has excellent signage marking the one-way green (easier way), blue (difficult) and black (most difficult) trails. The trail system allows you to follow the green trail loop throughout the park. Along this trail you will have the option to add distance and difficulty by taking one of the many blue or black trails. Once you finish each of the blue or black trail sections, you'll end up right back on the green trail close to where you detoured. This trail has a lot of technical features with many tight switchbacks and short steep climbs. There are a lot of miles of trail creatively packed into the mostly wooded area.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (29)
 

Granny Gear

April 24, 2018
drgevock Granny Gear  
 
Review: I love this trail! It has a lot of great features and is always well maintained. Now that the weather is nice I hope to ride almost every day. I highly recommend local residents check it out... and it is definitely worth the trip for out-of-towners.




Granny Gear

April 14, 2018
Chrisxc Granny Gear  
 
Review: Very nice job on the trails. Always wish it could be bigger for how nicely it was maintained. Wish it had more tech.




Granny Gear

February 19, 2018
ricd Granny Gear  
 
Review: I take in this trail every time I come back for a visit. The recent addition of the berms and rollers has improved the flow and thrill of this treasure of a trail and is a huge asset to the city of Ottumwa.




Granny Gear

November 27, 2017
Reedski Granny Gear  
 
Review: Visiting my wife's family and brought the fat bike. Had a great time on the trail. Awesome use of the land and terrain available. Had a nice chat with Jim, who was doing trail maintenance. Thanks to all who make it possible.




Granny Gear

November 14, 2017
joe031110 Granny Gear  
 
Review: I am really excited about all of the changes that have been made to the trails over the past few months. I am thankful to have trails that are this amazing right here in Ottumwa. I look forward to seeing what they come up with next!




Granny Gear

July 7, 2017
Gnar_man Granny Gear  
 
Review: We drove from Cedar Rapids, to camp at Lake Rathbun. On our way we rode Memorial Park Trail Saturday, July 1st 2017. It was very dry, dusty and had lots of debris on the trail which took some of the fun out of the ride. We never saw another rider. The trail is well built with some fun little sections but it has too many tight turns where you can't carry your downhill speed into the uphill climbs. Excellent job packing 5 miles of trail into a tiny area, but that is the problem. No speed or fun flowy runs. I have ridden almost everywhere in Iowa and this is not the #1 trail in Iowa. On the way back home July 4th we stopped and rode it again. Still no riders. Still dry with lots of twigs on the trail. Rode it quicker but still grumbling about the 180 degree turns at the bottom of hills just to climb back up again. It is well marked and I like the 1 way direction. (CCW) Would probably ride it again if going that way, but would never drive 2 hrs to ride it.




Trailblazer


June 19, 2017
 
Review: Singletrack mountain biking in SE Iowa! I was surprised to this ride pop-up on Singletracks. First - big props to those that have created/maintained the trails here. Second - the trails are fairly well marked and easy to follow. Unfortunately, its a very compressed space and, although the trails are laid out to maximize the fun, the result is a nice little roll through the woods - but don't expect anything longer than 10 yards before you slow to crawl around a tree, a tight turn, etc. All "green" trails - although the "more difficult trails" are marked - they seem to be generally a tight turn followed by a "steep" climb (of about 10 yards). All-in-all a nice little singletrack excursion, but you'd have to do 3 or more "laps" to make this a "ride" with nothing technical other than an occassional root.




Granny Gear

May 16, 2017
cdierking Granny Gear  
 
Review: This trail is awesome. The folks that maintain it and care for it are second to none. This is the trail that got me into mountain biking.




Granny Gear

February 15, 2017
andyrq11 Granny Gear  
 
Review: I'm a Colorado local and I rarely write reviews. However, when driving through Ottumwa one day, I was looking to loosen up the jets and found this gem of a trail and had to chime in. Listen up mountain bikers: this trail will WORK you! Jammin' jumps, dabbn' dips and whoopee on the whooptedoos. Get ready to smile ear to ear, you won't be disappointed.

Similar Trail: Rocky Ridge, Hartman Rocks




Granny Gear

January 28, 2017
 
Review: Rode this trail while visiting from germany! Best trail ever!



Memorial Park Trails MTB Trail 4.76 out of 5 based on 29 ratings. 29 user reviews.
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