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Level: Intermediate
Length: 100 mi (160.9 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +602/ -578 ft
Total: 30 riders

Mountain Biking Potters Pastures

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#1 of 35 mountain bike trails in Nebraska
#738 in the world

Cattle trails cut into sanhills- lots of canyons, sidehills, and pastures

First added by Wader-opelli on Nov 28, 2010. Last updated Nov 2, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: yes
  • Lift service: no
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: no
  • Restrooms: no
  • Fat bike grooming: no
  • E-bikes allowed: yes
  • Fee required: no
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Getting there
south from I-80 Brady exit to Brady-Morefield road. approx 1 mile past the end of the pavement, trail head/parking on left- contact Cycle Sport in North Platte for more info
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  • Jacob Butler

    Very poorly maintained, nice scenery with a few fun sections, but most of it was unrideable.

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  • jlodaniel

    Finally found a spot near North Platte where you can hike through the hills and canyons....everyday of the year. Although it's well known for its biking trails, there are many who hike as well. Camping sites supplied with firepit and firewood! Unbelievable views. What a blessing to the community!

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  • Scott737

    It has a nice scenery view! The markers can be confusing. There are some good trails and some aren't. Some trails aren't well maintained such as knee deep rutted, tall grass completely covered, and hanging over grown branches. Fortunately I'm used to these like that and I'm able to figure where the trails heading. Cattle or horse riding also created some difficulty mtb riding. But bottom line, I still enjoy it a lot and admiring the very remote scenery.

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  • 77win9798

    Stopped overnight in North Platte on the way to Black Hills and got a guided tour by Paul, a local rider & trail builder. Awesome trail system with a great variety of fast flowing sections along the canyon floor and scenic ridge runs. Has some challenging up the canyon walls and valleys through wooded forests. Has something for every level of rider from beginners to technical climbers & downhill bombers. Very well marked & mapped system with water available at several points. 2 camping areas in the property with water at both & electricity coming soon. Will be back to ride again!

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  • GTXC4

    Loaded with potential. Stopped here on the way back from riding Utah and Colorado, wasn't too tired to ride it though. John Fisch is on point, but something I have to add is if people who ride this go out and help with this network, it could really be something. For the most part, this place is well marked, maps are provided, and there are even First Aid kits provided throughout the network. Spoke with a local and he had nothing but great things to say about Mr. Potter. Greatly appreciate anyone who buys land so that people can ride on it. You can also camp here, and there is firewood provided. I didn't use it, but if I go back and camp, I'll bring my saw for a downed tree to pay back. If more people get in on maintaining this trail, it could be the coolest thing in Nebraska, because it's potential is endless. I made the most out of it.

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  • John Fisch

    Kudos for developing such an extensive trail system in the only hills for a hundred miles in any direction. However, the climbs, while not long, did seem to be hardly worth the effort for the very brief and uninteresting downhills. The area seemed to receive little use (at least from bikes--no shortage of bovine use though, plenty of cowpie dodging), so many trail sections faded in the grassy meadows. Most intersections are well marked, but sometimes it's hard to find your way from one marker to the next. In some places, the cow paths seemed more legit than the actual trails. The soft, sandy soil erodes quickly, leading to deeply rutted trails perfect for banging cranks. In one place, we saw 4 parallel trails because once a rut gets too deep, a new braid is formed. The most frustrating part was that the area is mostly pasture with relatively few treas, but the trail would be routed so close to the rare tree that it was impossible to ride the actual trail because of the branches extending across it.

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  • LivingLarz

    My wife and I stopped by and were fortunate to bump into Paul, a local. He took us on a few trails to judge our skills then showed us all around for 14 miles of fun. Unique and a blast. The cattle trails are what make it unique. Worn from years of use and some of the trails are steep, deep, and tight. Rubbed our handlebars on the sides. Two Dogs, TNT, the original, First Way, Wicked Ridge, Hornitos, and 6 Guys are a few of the memorable trails. We balked going down MoJo.
    Something for everyone. A must stop if your are nearby.
    There is a large area for free camping. There is water, outhouses, picnic tables and a fire pit at New Camp. Old Camp is a little more secluded and rustic. Wish we had time to stay a couple nights.

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  • the olsons

    Fun day as a family. Husband got to see more of advanced trails before joining myself and 7 and 9 year old sons. Fun trails in this hidden gem. Trails in ruts that are occasionally a pain. Found in app as a way to explore area while in biking road trip from Minnesota to Utah and any time in area with bikes, will definitely be back. Beautiful land and fun adventure.

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  • Jim Talbert

    Spent an hour or so riding Potter's Pasture today. Rode the green and really enjoyed it. Nice ride, kinda wish I would have tried a couple blues but only had a little time. This would be a great place to spend a half a day exploring. Some good climbs and some great, fast downhills as well. Wish I would have tried a few more technical areas, but there is always next time. Trails like this make me anxious to keep improving my skills. Thanks for putting out a great trail.

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  • meggen

    Awesome place to go if you are in the area. Miles and miles of trail for all levels of experience. Well marked trails unless the cows knock the marks off the post. Download the map and you shouldn't have a problem finding your way around the pasture

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  • gregval   ✓ supporter

    Stopped on way to visit family in NE. A strange mix of trail types. The "green" trails are largely open meadow trails, pretty flat. Although sections climb pretty steeply, although those sections are usually highlighted as "red". The "singletrack" is cow-trampled trails, so can have "deep" areas, some as deep as 6'. The troublesome areas are those about 18" deep; still narrow and can be difficult to pedal through.
    Each trailhead has a set of maps, showing loops of green, blue and black difficulty. I tried to do the blue loops, starting at the west trailhead. Got lost a bit and had to improvise. Having said that, the intersections are largely well marked, and if you download a map from the North Platte bike shop site, you shouldn't get lost.
    Also, some cow pies in the trails to avoid, and of course cows. Usually they scurry when you get close, except the mother's with calves, which have to be shoo'ed a bit.
    Trail goes up/down pretty frequently, so you will do lots of elevation. The elevation gain is indicated on the various map loops by the local bike folks. The green loop stays usually on the wider areas, although there will be some climbing. I went up a trail not on the map; (can't recall the name now, starts with "T"). It had quite a bit of wood plank sections, and would be a blast going down.
    Certainly was a fun ride; would definitely recommend it if you are in the area.
    A little more detail on how to get to the west trailhead; exit I-80 at exit 199 (Brady), then south on Banner Rd for 2.7 miles, take right on Brady-Morefield rd for 6.7 miles. At this point, continue on the dirt road for 0.6 miles. Trailhead is well marked on the left.

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  • Bubblehead10MM   ✓ supporter

    This is something a little different. No Sierra (forgive me:) Cow Pasture. Apparently it's leased out for grazing about half the year, no cows there today but ample evidence. the terrain is steep sided ridges, and the trail is all cow path except some bulldozed tractor tracks. It was a lot of fun and I wish I had had more time. there's plenty of trail to stay interesting for a couple days at least. I wouldn't go down I-80 and not stop if I could. The trails are very narrow, and some times deep to the point of trouble, a real challenge, and lots of elevation change. It's at only about 2600 ft so no acclimation needed. More info and link to blog at http://www.nopcyclesport.com/dapasture.htm also camp sights, they have water on sight and primitive out house at camp sight.* Review edited 4/28/2012Tons more trail, then I mapped, do more nexxt time. just don't blow by on 80 without stopping. * Review edited 5/5/2012

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