Manhattan River Trail (MRT)

3.81 out of 5
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↑ 200 ft
↓ 200 ft
elevation (ft)

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Trail Description
About this trail
I rated this trail a 3 for technical rating because if you only ride the singletrack it's pretty easy with some steep ups and downs, log piles and tight turns. But if you choose to be more daring there are other treats along the trail like log rides, skinny bridges, dirt jumps, gaps and drops. I work with others to keep this trail free of erosion, fallen trees and general overgrowth, even during the summer monthswhen weeds usually get nasty so it's always fun to ride.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: Someone should cut down the leaner across the wooptydo. Sun in my eyes, didn't see it at all going real fast, broke my helmet. Ouch! -chuck theiling

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Recent Trail Check-ins     (58 total check-ins)
  Schmo   on Dec 26, 2019
  Geoff Doyle   on Sep 21, 2019
  Geoff Doyle   on Sep 20, 2019
  scottxpc   on Sep 7, 2019
  TrishTris   on Mar 26, 2019
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Reviews (15)


December 28, 2019
Schmo Singletrack  
Review: Just a good fun fast trail with great flow. Love the dips and verticals. Really gets the heart pumpin. Very well maintained. Liked the little BMX hideout in the center. No skills needed to ride this one. Just an easy fun ride!

Similar Trail: Leewood, ESU, Shanganunga trails

Granny Gear

July 3, 2019
Lbose Granny Gear  
Review: Fun, fast, flowy trails for all level of riders. The western portion of the trail pass the bridge has more technical features.


December 4, 2017
Review: Not highly technical, but well-maintained and has a mix of challenges. Very flowy and fast. Good cardio ride. The trail furthest from the river is slightly slower and more technical.

Granny Gear

June 25, 2017
hgldr Granny Gear  
Review: Smooth dirt trail so you can go fast. Lots of places to catch air and some steep verticals. The scenery is beautiful.

Granny Gear

October 24, 2016
kobiskie4 Granny Gear  
Review: This was a great intro for a new rider I had along with me. Wish this would have been around when I was growing up in Manhattan. If you're a more advanced rider you can ride it fast and still get something out of it. Don't pass it by just because it's rated beginner.

Granny Gear

June 16, 2016
blakehs Granny Gear  
Review: fun for going really fast. easy but fun riding


December 30, 2015
Midmoab Trailblazer  
Review: This is a beginner trail with very few technical areas. That said we enjoyed a short, maybe 2 mile portion of the trail multiple time during a rainy afternoon this past May. I am sure there are more challenging trails in the area but we were looking for something that we could introduce inexperienced riders to. Had fun.

Similar Trail: Bonnet carre Louisiana


June 15, 2015
getgreedy Gramcounter  
Review: Interesting and fun trail with some fast sections. Dirt base with some rocks (more to the south end of trail). Not a lot of elevation change since it is next to the river. Several areas of steep creek bank to bed to bank runs were fun. Good time.


August 8, 2014
BeanSoup Gramcounter  
Review: Overall I thought this was a decent trail. For the majority of the trail it is fairly fast and flowing. This trail has no climbs but does offer many hidden jumps that are right off the main trail. I felt like I enjoyed the parts of the trail that were right along side the river, other than those parts the trail is fairly short and nothing to crazy. This trail is basically a more narrow version of the Lawrence River Trail. If you want to extend the ride a bit, you can get to the end of the Trail and hop on Linear Trail (pavement) which will take you to the Pump Track for a little jump fun. This makes the total distance of the ride 13 miles, which I recommend or you will fly thru MRT and end up saying "thats it?"

Similar Trail: Lawrence River Trail

Granny Gear

February 9, 2014
alexmadde Granny Gear  
Review: Great track for beginners with optional obstacles for the more advanced riders


Granny Gear

May 18, 2014
Guest Granny Gear  
Review: The trail itself is a fast flowing trail. Very easy and for beginners. Not an ounce of technical difficulty in both sections, but was fun. Trail is well maintained. Good for a few quick miles.

Similar Trail: None. Never been on a trail that was so smooth

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