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Level: Intermediate
Length: 4 mi (6.4 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +61/61 ft
Total: 34 riders
 

Mountain Biking Murdock Park Trail

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Head down the paved trail. You will see four wooden benches. You want to go in between them. At this point it turns into a dirt trail and heads down a hill that curves to the left.

First added by bhamilton on Jun 9, 2008. Last updated May 1, 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 18th St. Turn into murdock park, and then take the next left. That takes you to a parking lot behind a school. From there you can head into the woods via a short paved trail.
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  • brianmcr
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    Poorly marked. I found a couple spots where some junkies had previously been getting a high from spray paint...not a nice feature. Technically challenging.

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  • midwestmtbiker
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    I love this trail. It is technical very challenging with plenty of roots, tight corners, power climbs, and tight up and downhill turns. It's not a course that I am necessarily going to blaze around on (ampitheatre is great for that) but it is a great course for developing technique and improving one's power and endurance.

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  • RealtorNate
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    Decent trail system, but poorly marked. There are several places where four trails converge and you can't tell where to go. Took the wrong trail several times and thought I was headed out but was actually headed back to he parking lot. That said, the trails were fund to ride, and have some advanced features. I would ride again when in the area.

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  • Brad price
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    This is a pretty nice place to ride for as small as it is. I was there 3 hours and got in a grueling 5.75 mile.

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  • Bubblehead10MM   ✓ supporter
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    Nice trail for a very small park. Trails are out behind (North) of the Murdock school. paved path starts in N.W. corner of their parking. As stated you want to ride with the arrows, it flows poorly the other way, and often has very steep drop ins you don't want to try climbing, unless you're just like that ;) Most of the trail follows well but did get turned around some where by 13th hole I think it was, so find a map. It's at least a high intermediate, for many, very tight switch backs, drop ins, sharp climbs, roots, etc. It is pretty scraggly in places, but they've clearly been working on up keep and marking. And they pretty much filled that little valley with trail up and down the hills.

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  • prudogg
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    Murdock has been rerouted in a few places and orange color flashes have been added. The trail is routed counter clockwise and is not a novice trail.

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  • prudogg
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    Murdock has had a couple reroutes added, and orange colored flashes have been made to show direction. Most of the flashes have been added to the area cut up by the Wabash Disc Club. The trail direction is counter clockwise and is not a novice trail.

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  • srvst
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    I'm relatively new at this, but I was pretty disappointed in the trail this weekend. I didn't quite understand what they meant about the frisbee golf, but some of the holes are cut into the woods and they have paths that cross the MTB trail multiple times. As for the rest of the track, it is very difficult to follow and has many sharp turns with no real areas to let the bike run. I also think that compared to other trails I have been on, that it is poorly maintained, although hardcore bikers may just say it is technical.* Review edited 9/10/2012

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  • prudogg
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    The trail has been over run by the Wabash Disc Club. About a 1/3rd of the trail was taken by the club with the permission of the Lafayette Parks Department. If you have ridden this trail ride it again and again. Be sure to go to Lafayette City Parks web site and voice your opinion on massive destruction from the clear cutting for the disc golf fairways.

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  • *****

    Trail has a vast amount of potential. However, it is poorly marked, not well maintained and lots of trash laying about. Not a fast trail but very twisty and fun once you figure out where the trails go.

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  • treky92
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    Very tight and twisty sections of trail make it somewhat technical and tough. I would have never guessed the trails were back there, but they ended up being rather fun. The only downfall is that there is no real markings for the trails.

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  • nv2605
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    as others have said...its a suprisingly nice trail and rather long given the area. It is very tight and slow moving, so the flow is bad. If you like speed this is not your trail. has some good technical stuff that can get a beginner into trouble.

    Overall a decent trail

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  • Timothyfluegge
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    Surprisingly nice little trail system: There's something for everyone here. But nubz beware; there's plenty of opportunity for misadventure.

    One downside is there's not much flow to the system so you never build up a lot of speed. Great trail, a few good climbs, definitely a good workout.

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  • los315
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    Very suprised to find a a trail like this in Lafayette. Great in and out single track, some good climbs, couple of drop ins and plenty of logs to jump.

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  • jsyn1992
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    great trail i try to ride it every weekend.

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  • prudogg
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    New reroute is ready to ride. But, wait till its dry! There are new ruts(deep tire ruts!) on west side of park from someones bad decision. * Review edited 3/11/2009

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  • prudogg
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    This trail is a favorite of mine in the Lafayette area.
    I ride there every chance I get. There is additions since the last review and one more in the making. See you there!

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  • bhamilton
    *****

    Sweet singletrack located right inside of lafayette. lots of tough climbs that turn and twist. Some of the tightest switchbacks I have seen. A couple of jumps, and log crossings. Overall tight and twisty. Not for a beginner. Its about a 35 minute loop.

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