Swope Park Trail

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Exquisitely built trail covering rocky and rooty sections along the hillside of Swope Park. The recently completed Phase 5 adds a series of progressive trail features including drops, jumps and bermed turns. Phase 6 should be completed by the end of 2014.
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Trail Features
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  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: Does this camp have any tent camping? -az2wi

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Q: How many miles is it -Guest

A: Total is around 13 miles but it will beat you up and feel like more. They are days away from adding phase 6 which will include multiple rock ledge drop offs, flow and fun. This will add another mile or two. If you complete all of the trail you will more than likely be worn out.

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Granny Gear

November 23, 2016
SimonLewis Granny Gear  
 
Review: I've been around the country and ridden hundreds of trails and this trail system has some of the most technical trails out there. If you want to become a good mountain biker in the woods this trail will definitely get you in the zone. Awesome for a trail bike such as a camber and a couple sections would be nice to have a stumpy fsr, but it's rideable on xc bikes no doubt!

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Gramcounter

September 25, 2016
Midmoab Gramcounter  
 
Review: My 17 year old son and I rode this on Saturday. It has been on oir list for over a year, but each time we were in the area it rained. This trail does not disappoint! The map available on the websit calls the lower blue trail "intermediate", which compared to other similarly rated trails, is an understatement. We ride quite a bit throughout mid Missouri and can definitely say that this is the most technical trail we have experienced in the state. With that said, the trail is rideable if you focus and take your time. It is also a blast! The upper green trail allows for plenty of turn out opportunities and is fast and flowing with few technical challenges. Summary: we loved this trail and hope to get back soon.

Similar Trail: Knob noster for rocks

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Bunny Hop

August 1, 2016
cspargen Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Swope Park is a great track that combines sections of trail that flow well with other sections that test your technical prowess with rocks and roots. 8 Pin Alley and Sweet Luv are both located on the east end of the park and are a blast to ride. Sweet Luv has a DH only line with a succession of 3-4 foot drops. The locals reference 8 pin alley as a section that left one of the original builders with 8 pins in his arm after a crash. Whether that's local folklore or not, the tendency of that occurring is higher than most sections of trail you'll find in the good ole midwest.

Similar Trail: William Landahl Park

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Epic


April 8, 2016
John Fisch Epic  
 
Review: Holy Massive Minefields of Ledgy Limestone, Batman, this is a tantalizingly techy trail! Rocks, rocks and more rocks. Rocks to step up and rocks to drop off. There are also some fast, buffed out areas, but this is the place to come and show your rock chops. Remember, momentum is your friend, especially in 8-Pin Alley.

This is probably the best trail inside the beltway of any city big enough to have a beltway. Unfortunately, much of the trail is very close to that beltway and the noise of city traffic is your constant companion--put what's under your knobbies is positively prime.

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Singletrack


February 24, 2016
Schmo Singletrack  
 
Review: I read all the reviews and studied the photos but I had no idea how spectacular this trail really was. This is the ride of the year for me. The technical rock canyons, the fast dirt single track, the wicked hair pin turns, the gnarly climbs, and bitchen down hills blew me away. I named my Fuel EX 7 29er Diablo for good reason. It took me to hell and back on this ride and made reservations to do it again next year. I love the landscape out here. The view from the tops of the bluffs to the old camp grounds you won't get board and it will keep your heart racing the whole ride. Great maintenance and awesome layout.

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Singletrack


February 25, 2016
mongwolf Singletrack  
 
Review: Thanks for the great review Schmo. I had been wavering a bit about whether or not to target Swope as a ride when I travel back East sometimes. Now it is definitely on the trail wish list. Here is a link with a good map of the trails for those like myself who are new to the trail: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B_8740k2esMCRUdPR0JZZWlRRGc/edit?pref=2&pli=1

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Granny Gear

February 21, 2016
KBarb Granny Gear  
 
Review: Swope Park is an awesome trail. Hats off to the folks who designed and built it. I'd love to chip in and do my share sometime. Please message me if you know how I can get involved.

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Bunny Hop

February 17, 2016
 
Review: I really enjoy most parts of this trail. There are definitely parts that are well beyond my skill level though. That means a fair bit of hike a bike for me. Plenty of good flowey stuff to be found here too.

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Trailblazer


January 15, 2016
 
Review: A funny thing happened on a recent trip to Swope. Though it wasn't THAT funny at all really. Just seemed weird that it all happened at once.

On the trail I met a rescue party carrying a guy out who had crashed and injured his leg. Then I get to the trailhead and find a runner who had fallen and sliced her hand open. And shortly thereafter a woman I know came back down to the trailhead with a broken finger from a crash.

I guess you could say Swope is a challenge. And it'll sucker punch you a good one if you're not careful. The reason 8 Pin is called 8 Pin is because one of the designer/builders of the trail -- who is an expert rider -- augered on the trail and the resulting break in his hand required 8 pins. Another funny story ... though not that funny ... I broke my hand on 8 pin. Damn rocks.

Here's the thing. If your technical skills and form is up to snuff, the rocks, roots and chatter (or what seems like constant up and down) will flow pretty well for you. If you or your bike aren't ready, it feels like it doesn't flow in quite a few places because you'll be working so hard. But, trust me, it does flow. And it'll make you a much better rider.

Thing is, slow down and focus and you can ride most of this. There are some long stretches of non-technical, beautifully flowy trail here. But there are enough step ups and chunky rock sections waiting to send you over the bars and into the limestone. Some of it very sharp.

Swope will work for the less experienced. But it's absolute bliss for intermediate and more advanced riders wanting a good (hard) technical run.

Similar Trail: Clinton Lake

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Gramcounter

October 21, 2015
ITP78 Gramcounter  
 
Review: Lots of fun

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July 24, 2015
Guest   
 
Review: Riding swope was pretty much the highlight of the 4 years I lived in KC. Last year I moved to a pretty amazing place for riding with no regrets- but I still miss these trails(and landahl). The trail builders made magic happen and you can't find anything quite like it anywhere. Special!

Similar Trail: Landahl

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