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Level: Intermediate
Length: 6 mi (9.7 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +236/185 ft
Total: 66 riders
 

Mountain Biking Rhett's Run

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#48 of 158 mountain bike trails in Missouri
#3184 in the world

From what I've heard, this trail was designed by the guys who did the '96 Olympic trail near Atlanta. The trails are scattered all over the place and it would have been a lot more fun if someone who knew the trails was leading. The trail is mostly tight, twisty singletrack through forested hills. The scenery is beautiful (even though I went in the middle of February). There are some sweet rocky sections. I think this trail has the potential of being very fast. However, when I experienced it, it was a bit tacky. You definetly need to hit up this trail if you're in Columbia!

Before you go
  • Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • Restrooms 
Getting there
Take the Stadium Road exit off of I-70 on the West side of Columbia. Go North on Stadium Rd. (about 100 yds) to its intersection with Business Loop 70. Turn right on Bus. Loop and go about 1/2 mile to the entrance to Columbia's Cosmo Park. Study the map posted just inside the park on the left side of the road. Follow the park road past all of the soccer fields and park at the very back of the park at the Harris Shelter. A memorial granite boulder inscribed with the trail name is placed at the trailhead, about 200 ft. away from the shelter at the edge of the woods (East of the softball diamond).
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  • wgbalossi
    ****

    Fun trail, consists of switchbacks through a larger gravel trail. Hard to follow at times.

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  • Chris12
    *****

    Road this 9/22/19, excellent experience, well marked, good design, limited technical, some climbs but not bad, enough downhill to get some speed. Trail was well groomed. I'm not from columbia but I'd bring my bike back for another run. Did see one copperhead, but he was minding his own business. I'd recommend this trail to anyone interested in riding mtb.

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  • JoshStroud
    *****

    Great trails to start or to have a lot of fun and as an experienced rider. Nice wooded areas and difficult but fun rocky sections. Well marked except a few intersections, but you wouldn't be lost for long cause they loop together a lot.

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  • battlebeetle
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    Trail is decent but very poorly marked. I've ridden it multiple times and still seem to get turned around or end up on a connector trail. I'm not sure how Singletracks lists 6 miles of trail. I would place it more like 2-3 miles. Trail is mostly flat and can be ridden fast. Minimal technical sections and this trail can be ridden by beginners without a problem.

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  • T.J. Dreyer
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    Fun place to ride that's easy to get to for most Columbia natives. There are tons of really tight switch-back turns, and some pretty good climbs as well.

    I do wish that the trail was a little wider as it gets pretty tight when everything is green and that makes some pretty big turns really hard to see coming. Also wish there were a couple jumps.

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  • KBarb
    ****

    Great trail network with good variety. Agree with other reviewers that the trails are poorly marked, but I had fun exploring.

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  • Matt Flanigan
    ****

    Great trail and a go to for Columbia. Very rocky in some sections, and if its wet at all, which seems to be often, its a pain. Still a must ride in mid-missouri

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  • Mark Alvarez
    ****

    This is one of the best trails designed for mountain biking around. Its proximity to town is the best hook. This is a nice short ride that I visit whenever weather permits a mid day ride. Make sure to visit the quarry with the rock circle, its hard to miss.

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  • Eric Poehlein
    *****

    Most technical trail around. Anybody in good shape will have a blast. Not for the beginner really. I think I fit as a novice and it was as much rocky, rooty, hair pin turn action as I wanted. A total Blast!! Right next to the interstate too.

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  • HD
    ****

    Just back into Mountain biking after 15yrs and had never ridden this local trail...very impressed. A few very fast sections as well as some very technical/rocky stretches. Most hills are manageable for an intermediate rider like myself. Very fun ride, had a blast and will definitely go back soon. Had to stop a few times to get my bearings but as long as you follow the signs and/or map available on a phone you'll find your way around. With a few stops to make sure I remained on rr, rode in about an hour.

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  • heckmanlloyd
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    There has been an additional mile or so added to the trail system. Some trail rerouting has been done to prevent erosion and to add some flow. Signs have been added to make navigating the course easier. With the updates, the trail has better flow and a few more technical spots and it's not as easy to get lost anymore. With it being less than 3 minutes off of I-70, this is a recommended stop.

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  • heckmanlloyd
    *****

    I agree that they need to do some updating. They have completed some major re-routing, but the trail maps are still of the old trails. New trail markers have been put in place recently to help with trail direction.

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  • heckmanlloyd
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    This trail has the potential to be a lot of fun. I went in late May and it was too wet. Seems to be a fairly fast singletrack. There are many side trails that can easily drift you off course and temporarily dis-orient you. Follow Parkside Drive and park in the last parking lot before the road turns to gravel, there is a trail map posted there. There has been some maintenance to the trails sometime during the 2011-2012 winter. The parks department seems to being some decent upkeep on this trail this spring/summer. They have posted some better directional signs, but it's still easy to get turned around. There has also been rumors of an additional mile or two being added.* Review edited 5/18/2012
    Update: The trails have been updated and re-routed over the Spring 2013. A new man-made rock garden (more like a rock pile) has been added along with about a mile of new trail using part of an old land fill. New markers have been added to lessen the pain being lost.

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  • chris1911

    Trail info:
    http://gocolumbiamo.com/ParksandRec/Parks/Cosmo_Park/cosmorhettsrun.php

    Best map i could find:
    http://gocolumbiamo.com/ParksandRec/Parks/Cosmo_Park/documents/cosmo8x11.pdf

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  • chris1911
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    Awesome trail! Love the terrain. A nice mix of roots and rocks. Some parts are more rocky than others and the climbs were fairly easy. Wish i would have had someone with me who knew the trail as it was quite confusing, with lots of intersections. I think i was going against the normal flow most of the time, judging by the directions the signs were facing.

    One thing that ruined a lot of the fun was the spider webs. Lots of them. I was, however, there during the week and didn't see anyone else on the trails. I bet on the weekends it is fine.

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