Smithville Lake Trails

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.42 out of 5
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Intermediate
12
miles

Singletrack
↑ 400 ft
↓ 300 ft
876
elevation (ft)

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About this trail
Network of trails that coexist with a soon-to-be paved multiuse trail. They are great XC single track. Not super technical, but not boring either. Lots of wildlife. Trails can be confusing, check out Earthriders.com for maps that are updated periodically. These trails are very much a work in progress. Watch for additions and improvements over the coming years.

Recommended route? Ride it all. They are a lot of fun and much love has been put down into them.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (12)
 

Gramcounter

November 6, 2016
ITP78 Gramcounter  
 
Review: Great trails

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Granny Gear

June 15, 2016
 
Review: Rode this track today, great ride lots of corners, tons of roots and rocks, rocks, rocks, more tech than you might think. The black diamond trails will kick your ass but it's worth it! Absolute be back!

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Granny Gear

May 25, 2015
CuzinMike Granny Gear  
 
Review: I've been riding these trails for years, and they are a blast for everyone from beginners to advanced riders. The majority of the trails are intermediate-level flowy singletrack, though there are a pair of beginner loops at each end of the trail system and a few advanced trails near the lake shore.

The singletrack snakes around miles of paved biking and jogging trails, so it's a great place to bring beginners to experience a little dirt, then bail to the pavement when they need a break. There are no real sustained climbs here, so it's very popular for singlespeed riders.

Riders in search of gnar probably won't be too impressed with Smithville, but it's well worth a trip if you just want to ride fast, flowy singletrack 30 min from downtown KC.

Similar Trail: Stocksdale/Walnut Woods

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Granny Gear

May 23, 2015
kayakerfan Granny Gear  
 
Review: I would say most all the trails are relatively easy to intermediate. I am a beginner-intermediate level rider and I was able to navigate all trails relatively easily, that said, they are challenging and ridable at the the same time. My brother and I throughly enjoyed our afternoon, the trails were better than we expected, and we'll definitely be back.

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Granny Gear

May 23, 2015
kayakerfan Granny Gear  
 
Review: I am an intermediate rider...
These trails are challenging, yet they are very ridable, with any experience at all you'd never need to get off your bike. They are ideal for beginner to intermediate riders. Hardcore riders expecting trails requiring advanced skills would be disappointed.

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Granny Gear

April 1, 2015
 
Review: Great set of trails that flow good once you've gone through them a couple times. It is well maintained through out the year but gets wet and stays damp threw the spring almost no matter what. Probably want to grab one of the maps in the parking lot before the ride because people tend to take down signs from time to time. Overall very happy with the trails and the fact that its a ten minute drive from the house.

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Poseur

August 20, 2013
dcteater Poseur  
 
Review: Been here twice and thoroughly enjoy every second of my time at this trail system. The paved multi-use is a nice touch and keeps a lot of hikers off the MTB trails. Some rocky portions that challenge. Hills not too difficult but will get your heart pumping. I love riding through the cornfield area for some reason. Some areas are pretty fast which adds challenge and is fun. I think this is my second favorite place to ride in the greater KC area of KS and MO.

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Bunny Hop

June 19, 2013
ameryan Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Trails were varied in type and terrain, with most in the shade of trees. Rolling dips and turns, with roots and rocks, rock step jumps and log obstacles add interest. Fun, some challenges if you want them. Well maintained .

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Granny Gear

July 23, 2012
smithoskii Granny Gear  
 
Review: This is a good trail. It's pretty quick single track in some places (although there are a few berms that need to be put in place), and some fun log obstacles. There's a couple places with TONS of ~3'' rocks scattered on the trail, which is fun and easy if you keep your speed... or bumpy and annoying if you can't find a line or simply don't put the effort into your pedals. I got lost. Yeah, they're confusing, but if you just keep riding, you'll find the paved trail soon enough. I didn't see the whole trail (since I got lost), but my favorite section was the "Posson" something or another. Good log obstacles and a couple "sweet jumps", which were fun, but gave about the same amount of lift as the side of someone's driveway as it meets the curb at the street. T'was fun though.

Similar Trail: Clinton Lake North Shore Trails (Blue trail)

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Trailblazer

January 6, 2010
Bwpaulk Trailblazer  
 
Review: Started mt biking a year ago and make the drive to Smithville from Kansas City on a regular basis. A great set of trails. Fast and flowing with a few tech areas and log crosses, but nothing brutal like Swope or Killcreek. With 10 miles of singletrack along the lake the scenery is great. Trails cross several times over paved multi-use paths which allows one to vary the course and get back to the trailhead quickly in case of a breakdown. Don't see a lot of crowds, most of the hikers stay on the pavement. The maintenance is outstanding; someone actually raked leaves from the trail last fall; a nice touch.

Similar Trail: Landahl, Shawnee Mission Park, Lawrence River,

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Smithville Lake Trails MTB Trail 4.42 out of 5 based on 12 ratings. 12 user reviews.
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