Scales Lake Park Trails

4.35 out of 5
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↑ 500 ft
↓ 100 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
This trail is fast and difficult. YOU WILL EAT IT, SO WEAR A HELMET AT ALL TIMES! Maps are available at the park entrance, but they're kinda scetchy. This is a really fun trail.
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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: How much does it cost -Guest

A: last year was $2 for MTN biking.

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Reviews (18)


June 7, 2018
Review: Trails are great--they are beautifully built and well maintained, but the signage and maps are pretty awful. Some local needs to make a current map, make that correlate to Singletracks, MTB Project and Trailforks, and then finish adding signage to all intersections. Some trails are very braided so visitors have NFC what's going on. This place could be an MTB destination, but someone needs to step up.


November 22, 2017
Review: $2 parking for the day, pay at the guard shack. Park in the gravel lot out front, trail starts immediately behind guard shack (past the baseball fence). There is a kiosk at trail head, but it's useless. Trail map is way outdated. Proceed to the left to start your ride, it takes you to an amazing skills/obstacles course that you can tinker with or ride past. Continue behind this and start having fun with the main trail that begins to circle the lake. This trail is not beginner friendly. I'm somewhere between a beginner and intermediate rider and found myself in over my head during parts. The first half was fun and flowy, but the back half was way beyond my skill. I ended up on Teddy Bear, which after the ride I found out was an expert level trail. What made this trail a 3 star versus a 4 or 5 is: Trail markings are utterly confusing. It almost appears as if someone came in and put new markers in but left the old ones. Some trails are marked with arrows (most were pointing in all different directions or falling off the tree), other spots were marked with trail names and difficulty ranking, and some trails split with no markings at all. I found myself dumped out onto a road a few times with no indication on where to go next. I don't mind exploring a bit, as that's part of the fun of mountain biking, but I was on a time crunch as I was just passing through the area, so getting lost or spending extra time finding the next trail was not preferred. And without an adequate, up-to-date map at the trail head, it makes it even more aggravating. With that being said, don't let my negative undertone deter this ride for others who are looking to check out Scales. There are quite a few positive things that I'd like to share about my experience here: The trails are in pretty good condition, lots of man made features to test your skill on, lots of flow and heart stopping drops, pretty views of the lake and some fun wooden berms!


March 3, 2016
scotthess Gnarly  
Review: Park in lot directly left behind gaurdshack. Check kiosk for updates. Arrows point you counterclockwise in a loop. ALL wood features are built in the opposite direction. Check out newly constructed skills park. Nice work out there guys!

Granny Gear

December 12, 2014
calwes Granny Gear  
Review: Great trail evan wet. I suggest running clockwise. It seemed much faster that way.

Bunny Hop

July 13, 2014
Review: just rode this today. and i got to say, after the crew has cleaned up after the recenent storm this track is one of the funnest short tracks we have road. compared to Ben Hawes's fun level its right up there. little more climbing and the wood obstetrical are amazing and need more. i think the tetor tator needs to be greased up so it swings down a bit quicker for inexperienced rider like my self who never get to play on such things in west ky. i got up it and stood there for a sec and flipped over head first. but other then that i love this trail.

Similar Trail: Ben Hawes.

Granny Gear

March 25, 2014
Review: I love scales. This is my home trail. I try and ride here at least twice a week. Never gets old. Plenty of Technical areas. There is a 5 mile loop, and a few trails that bump off the loop. Not hard to get a good workout here. Counter Clockwise and Clockwise are both equal fun. Enjoy.

Granny Gear

January 19, 2013
therook Granny Gear  
Review: I really like this trail. It's the first trail I ever rode on

Bunny Hop

July 25, 2012
ned3323 Bunny Hop  
Review: It was a fun trial, it is a little difficult to follow as it is not marked well. Lots of up and downs and you will have to pedal hard on the uphills. Really enjoyed the trail and there are some sections for the really advanced rider!


May 13, 2012
treky92 Gnarly  
Review: This is a very fast and fun trail but it is rather short. The guys that work on this trail have added some fun sections and technical elements though and keep the trail in great condition. Not worth driving too far to ride due to the length, but definitely a fun ride.

Similar Trail: Northern Indiana trails


July 24, 2010
Review: this is a really great trail network. fast & tech.

Scales Lake Park Trails MTB Trail 4.35 out of 5 based on 18 ratings. 18 user reviews.
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