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Level: Intermediate
Length: 12 mi (19.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +1,008/604 ft
Total: 123 riders

Mountain Biking Sugar Bottom

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#93 of 98 mountain bike trails in Iowa
#144 in the world The website does a good job at describing the trail and offers maps. There are plenty of log hops and switchbacks to make this a good place to ride. The roots in the pine section can be painfull on the backside, so be prepared. You can easily ride the entire system without being too worn out. Just pick a starting point and go,.

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
I80 to exit 244 to Coralville
. Start out going Northwest on N DUBUQUE ST toward N FRONT ST.
# 2. Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto N FRONT ST. 0.7 miles
# 3. N FRONT ST becomes MEHAFFEY BRIDGE RD NE (Portions unpaved). 4.8 miles
# 4. Turn RIGHT at PARK ENTRANCE shortly after MEHAFFEY BRIDGE. Follow twisty road. 1 mile
# 6. Parking lot and trailhead are at bottom of hill.
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Mountain Bike Trails Near North Liberty, Iowa

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  • ervspanks

    Passing through on a road trip for work and this was the perfect place to stop and take a break from driving! Road most of the 200's and 300's on the Fatty and had a blast!

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  • agirlcyclist

    Loved this trail. Awesome signage. A little bit for everyone no matter the skill level. Even bike cleaning hose near parking lot. Plan to return again and again while in the area.

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  • Chrisxc

    Enjoyable trail with fun difficulty, second best park in Iowa. Bugs can get bad next to the lake.

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  • c-hawkzROLL

    very good trail system. i was impressed how well the trails were marked and taken care of. i skipped the 300series trail amd managed to get backtracked trying to find the parking lot. i was hot and tired the beach and swimming area wwre a nice perk. it felt great on a 90 degree day.

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  • JoZo

    Spent Thanksgiving weekend riding every trail. Very nicely laid out! I really enjoyed the alternate routes off most of the trails. The flow of the trails is really well thought out. The difficulty rating system seems to be relative to the trails in the park. Even the trails marked most difficult are rideable for most riders. Nothing too crazy technical. Something for everyone!

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  • czuithoff

    Great systems of trails. It's worth camping nearby and taking a couple of days to explore.

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  • solidstunts

    Local trail for me. I ride it about everyday that I can get out there. Nice Midwest singletrack. I highly recommend going here if you are in the area. I usually do all the trails while I am out, but I definitely would recommend 101x, 204, and 304.

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  • Sarah Thomas

    These trails are awesome, with good signage. Really fun and various skill levels. The bike washing station is a great feature, and it was nice to swim in the lake afterwards.

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  • KyChris

    Great job on this trail. Great flow and off shot trails for every skill level. What was also great was jumping into the lake and hitting the beach shower afterwards. Wish I could of spent a couple days there. Great place.

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  • KyChris

    Great job on this trail. Great flow and off shot trails for every skill level. What was also great was jumping into the lake and hitting the beach shower afterwards. Wish I could of spent a couple days there. Great place.

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  • b45t4rd0

    I lived in the area for 6 years and hit this trail system everyday I possibly could. The flow is second to none. As previously stated ICORR has done an amazing job with this system. It is constantly evolving and under immaculate care. There is something here for everyone. Flat out amazing.

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  • gregval

    Wife and I had a good ride, although it was the day after a light rain. The trails were a bit soggy/muddy, but open. Hit some slippery spots, tires got packed in, certainly on the north trails. Ran down the gravel road to clear.
    Green trails were mostly smoth and flowy, a few roots, no rocks. The blue trails were basically the same, except some slight climbs and descents. Make sure to call before coming, to make sure they are open. A few trails were closed, likely due to trail damage/muddy spots.
    We are from CO, so midwest trails don't have the big climbs, but also few rocks. We like the midwest trails, strongly suggest you stop by and ride this one if you can.
    Nice bike cleaning station with hose, to clear any mud on bike.

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  • Ken Barker

    Excellent xc trail system. It is nothing short of amazing what ICORR has managed to do with so few volunteers. Classic Midwest singletrack with improved flow over time / with reroutes and the addition of some technical trail features.

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  • blundar

    Some of the best trails in the Midwest that I have ever been on by far. They are always very well maintained. The "fishbone" 1-way layout of the trails is so intuitive. Even the beginner trails are very fun and varied enough to keep all the rides interesting. The number of trails and number of miles available there makes it so that I do not have to do the same routes every time that I go there.
    Very highly recommended and well worth the trip if you have to travel to get there.

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  • Jared13

    Mostly uni-directional trail system. Mostly beginner to intermediate trails, some advanced trails. If people get in over their head, everything is walkable. It looks like it's in the process of being re-routed to be more "IMBA'y." Lots of fall lines have been taken out and switchbacks put in. Mostly short, punchy climbs with roots and turns adding to the fun factor. One large, steep hill (Cyclocross hill); momentum is your friend on that one!

    Definitely a must ride in Iowa.

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  • RoadWarrior

    Fun trail system, Lots of twisty one way single track. Central gravel road for easy bail out. Main "Green" trail which all the other "More Difficult" trails loop off of. Can make a 12 mile loop without repeating anything. Takes a lap or two to get the lay of the trail, then you can start to fly ( it's all one way). didn't find anything very technically difficult, however riding it fast will keep you on your toes, or into a tree, and the pine needles are slippery! They are in the process of building skills/ terrain section, so more fun to come. Bike/ body wash at the TH.

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  • dgw2jr

    Great trail system! No equestrians allowed so no worries about horse poo! Trails for beginners to advanced riders. 201 is my favorite!

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  • Hawklock77

    Awesome trail system. I've been going for the last 3 years and haven't gotten tired of it yet. The trails are slightly modified every year to keep you coming back for more. Trail difficulties for every skill level. Great spot located on the lake along with camping grounds. Give it a try and you won't regret it!

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