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Level: Intermediate
Length: 4 mi (6.4 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +115/114 ft
Total: 17 riders
 

Mountain Biking Skyline Park - Burnetts Mound Trail

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#48 of 78 mountain bike trails in Kansas
#10038 in the world

Sweet little singletrack with some nice flow. Great view from Burnett's Mound. There are some rocky climbs to test your skills, some prairie trail, and wooded trail as well. Mostly dirt, roots, rocks, with some downhill and lots of tight turns. There are no trail markers so it was trial and error on trying to ride the whole trail. Real fun trail to ride!

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • No Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • No Restrooms 
Getting there
Coming from either north or south, take the Kansas turnpike to the 470 exit. Follow it west to SW. Gage Blvd and turn south. About 1/4 mile turn west on SW. 35th St.. Follow 35th till it ends at SW. Skyline Pkwy and turn north (right). Just after you start on SW Skyline Pkwy on the left is the park entrance and trailhead. There is no parking lot and the drive is gated off.
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  • cjhelms
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    I never rode this trail before Azura Credit Union started working on it, but it's pretty fun now. The single track is alright, but I probably would only ride at Maclennan Park if not for the trials area. This area is at the intersection of the north summit trail & the sunset loop. They have an elevated skinny, respectable jumps, very fun seesaws, & a techy rock challenge. Enough to get yourself hurt. There is also a pump track, but it is very loose & the rollers are not well built. If you jam some wood under the last seesaw, you can make it into a fun little drop to add a little variety. I love this area & I hope they add more to it. Great place to work on your skills. The sunrise loop is a pretty fun little single track with some neat wooden features. I would recommend riding counter-clockwise. The top of the north summit leaves you with a couple of fun, steep, short downhills down to the street with a few jumps people seem to have thrown in. There is also a little rock garden down one of them. All in all, definitely worth a ride if you are from around Topeka.

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  • Bearsclaw2
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    I rode most of the park. They have done leaps and bounds more work on this trail set. There is now a technical course with tetter totters a pump track and a elevated skinny line. There are also some trials rocks set up to play on. The description on this trail needs thrown out and rewritten. Great fun I when out in the snow for an extra level of sketchy ness. Great for climbing. The north trail has a set of Burms on the east side makes for a hell of a climb and a damn fun downhill. This park needs more some more grass to grow in because of the new construction on it. But in time it will be a great trail.

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  • rynoman03
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    An older trail that is getting a facelift. Azura Credit Union adopted these trails and plans to spend close to 150k on it over the next 3-5 years. A new parking lot near the trail head was just completed around the first of May 2017. Trail markers were put in place sometime last year. We constructed a boardwalk area through some soggy areas. A pump track is in the works, and a skills area is planned as well. We would like to incorporate some trail feature optional offshoots for the mountain bikers if possible too.

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  • frantic29
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    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.

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  • getgreedy
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    This is a fun short ride with some flow on the east side. There is not a lot of technical and the ride is only 3 plus miles but it is interesting to go one way then the other to see both perspectives. Great view of Topeka at the top.

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  • Maxnremie
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    Great little trail to get a ride in before thanksgiving dinner! We are in town for the holiday and found this little gem. New bridges are a great addition and the trail looks well maintained!

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  • dmviergever
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    Intermediate is probably being too fair. This was a simple ride, even though it was pretty muddy. We haven't had rain for a while so I figured it to be dry, it wasn't. I ranked it really low because it is hardly marked and in about 45 minutes I somehow managed to be covered in ticks. I much prefer the gov mansion.

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  • Schmo
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    I really enjoyed riding this trail even as short as it is. I like the change in landscape. You will go from a prairie trail of loose dirt and rocks to a wooded trail of tight turns and roots. There are some tricky climbs as well as some gnarly windy downhill. Nothing to hard just a great workout and just plain fun. The view from Burnett's Mound is spectacular. You can see for miles. The trail could use some markings so you don't end up doubling back on a trail you already rode.

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