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Level: Intermediate
Length: 12 mi (19.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +487/ -481 ft
Total: 20 riders

Mountain Biking Pipestem Trail

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#7 of 35 mountain bike trails in North Dakota
#3,564 in the world

The trail is an 8 mile loop with short steep climbs and technical downhills. Half of it is single track and the rest is a mowed path. Beginners can stick to the first 4mile outer loop and the next 4 miles will keep the experts entertained.

First added by searsandrewj on Sep 2, 2004. Last updated Apr 30, 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
Head north from Jamestown, ND on 281 approx. 3miles. 281N will bend to the left and there will be a green sign that says, "Pipestem Reservoir." Turn left and follow the road approx. 1mile and the trailhead will be on the left.
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  • [email protected]

    The trail takes you in and out of trees, over rolling hills and up and down ravines. My favorite part of this ride is the part where you come along the pipestem creek. It was very beautiful that day.

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  • garrettsullivan87

    With more traffic the mowed over trail could become better hard pack. It just doesn't look like it gets a lot of bike traffic. But the part winding through the wooded sections were fun. Like others have said bring bug spray. Several fun sections of winding downhill sweeps. Beware the big rocks sometimes hiding in the overgrown grass on some downhill grass sections.

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  • snaploon

    Very little singletrack. All of it was mostly mowed. Road 12.5 miles. And it sucks. Would have rather road Copper Harbor. The bend cut isn't complete in the areas that it does have. And a feels like it follows a goat path at best. Did not find good markers as to say where you are. And secondly did not find outer loop. Riders beware. Serious little flying bugs. Looked like I had small box.

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  • Michael Bond

    Rule #1 on this trail...bring bug spray. Not used to bugs coming from Colorado. They practically picked me up and took me away! Also a good portion of the trail is unshaded, so avoid if it's hot and wear sunscreen.

    As other said, trail starts out as a mowed path. Immediate thoughts were...this is going to be boring...I was wrong.

    Lots of good fun twisty single track in the trees. Whoever built this trail did a great job squeezing so many fun turns into such a small area.

    Only complaint were some of the steep pitches. Some were just a little too steep, but hey, this is North Dakota. You don't exactly expect to find a really fun trail in such a flat state.

    Well worth the pit stop if you're passing by.

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  • Bubblehead10MM   ✓ supporter

    Awesome trail system. There're basically 2 loops on the Gear Grinder to the S. and an out and back North Ridge. I did the iner loop 1st. I think they were trying to kill me with hills. It just keeps going in and out of the trees then back up the hill and down again. at least 10 BIG climbs and many more little steep ones. I kept hoping the next one would bring me to the milk run out. I walked a lot. GPS says only 901 ft elv. gain, I think gps lies. After a break I realized I'd missed the outer loop. So back I went. Outer loop is Much nicer for tierd legs, but still included some long steep drops, a couple rock gardens and a bit of climbing. very scenic down by the river. 3 miles 390 vert. more aproachable, for us old people. North Ridge starts off sper road N of the office/parking. It's like 85% ez level ride in the grass and trees. but has plenty of boom and grind hills. The water was a little high and the trail disapeard a few times, into the lake. I got just past 4 mile marker when I gave it up at a blockage. Took rd back. :) I think I'll do this one again some day...when my legs have been bad and need punishing. Close to the big road. Out house by the trail head and some tables but no water.

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  • twinsrule

    I went on this just a couple days ago and loved it. For a first timer, the trails intertwine in lots of places but as long as you're on the trail you should be fine. Makes great use of the small area of land that it's on, including nice tree sections and some by the water. Some nice fast descents with good hard climbs to follow.

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  • legless

    A really fun trail that has some somewhat technical descents immediately followed by really tough steep uphills that can be a killer. The trail has a couple wide bridges and the only natural obstacles are secure round rocks on the trail, nothing big and the trail isn't too tight at any point.

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  • bridgerboy

    I just wanted to say that the length is 8 miles not 3.

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