April 28, 2017
This was my first time getting out on my mountain bike and this is a great place for a first ride. Mostly smooth and flowy with a good variety of terrain from prairie to pine needle covered forest floor with some roots and rocks for flavor. The North summit trail is the longest with all riding terrains offered in that trail. Pretty flowy and easy for the most part. If you go to the very top of the North Summitt trail things can get dicey for a beginner as there are some huge rocks/boulders with some descent drops but they are easily avoidable. If I had someone with me I definitely would have ridden this area more but by myself I didn't spend much time there. In the future if I have someone with me this would be a place I would go to get some practice on intermediate obstacles.
The Sunset trail had some very muddy sections and is mostly wooded. Going counter clockwise around this is mostly a climb through the woods, clockwise is some fun downhillish terrain with some switchbacks.
The South summit is the easiest of the 4 trails but offered a couple wooden boardwalk type features that are fun. Some mud there too but not terrible.
The sunrise trail was my favorite. Mostly needle covered ground through cedars and pines and at a couple points you feel more like your riding through a mountain path in Colorado instead of in Topeka KS even if only for a couple hundred feet. Fun both ways.
Many of the other review talked about it not being well marked. This must be an issue they recently fixed as I had no issue and anytime you ran into a trail there were always markers. These trails ride quick and I rode them all twice in a less than 1.5 hours. It had been dry for a few days but there were still some pretty muddy parts and I would guess there are sections of the Sunset trail that are rarely dry. Overall a great place for a quick leisurely ride or a place to cut your teeth on trail riding.