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Level: Advanced
Length: 12 mi (19.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +925/950 ft
Total: 17 riders
 

Mountain Biking Trail Of The 4 Winds

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#103 of 165 mountain bike trails in Missouri
#14,423 in the world

From the trailhead ride approximately 1 mile where you can go either left or right. I recommend going right and riding the trail clockwise. Going left will give you a lot of technical uphill portions with roots and rocks. This trail is also open to horses and they do use it a lot, which is evident by the churned up trail in spots and adds to the technical aspect of the ride. There are numerous connector trails to bail out on or add to the distance of the ride. Warning! Lots of ticks during the summer and make sure you have spare tubes or patch kit and pump.

First added by mtnspectre on Jun 3, 2009. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From Kaiser take Hwy 42 South about 2 miles to the enterance of Lake of the Ozarks State Park. Take State Park road 134 approximately 2.5 miles to the well marked trailhead. There is parking on both sides of the road.
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  • Showe
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    This could be a good trail. That being said it's not well maintained. It is shared with horses and there are rutted out places with Sliding Rocks. If you don't mind walking your bike periodically it really is an interesting trail with a lot of hills and Valleys. Be careful about which Trail you are on. The North Loop is a shorter 4-mile Loop, and the South Loop is a longer 12.5 Mile Trail. I did not ride the northloop although this was my plan. It is very easy to miss the left turn onto the North Loop ending up riding 12 miles instead of 4. In the summer take plenty of water. I forgot to mention there are several downed trees on the longer 12 mile route.

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  • Greg Siemiller
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    Wasn't too bad. Trail was pretty washed out and maintained. The scenery was amazing

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  • cjt1316
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    I rode this trail today. It needs some TLC, due to the weather the trail is muddy in some areas, the horseback rides don't help the trail, its full of rivets makes it hard to control the bike.

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  • ***

    I got a lot of ticks. I rode the right way, got done fast, I rode the left and was fun and exhausting. A few technical hill climbs. A tough trail to ride

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  • CFM   ✓ supporter
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    I haven’t been on this trail for several years. Just a few minutes into the ride I remembered why I stopped coming. This trail has some sections that show the promise of the terrain it is built upon . . . winding tread through the rocky, wooded hills or glades providing the type of riding experience all mountain bikers seek. Then abruptly it will drop straight into a drainage and immediately uphill on the other side. Because of the poor layout and heavy horse traffic (there are stables on the loop) these runs into and out of the drainages have long since lost all traces of soil and consist solely of fist sized rocks loosely gathered in the severely rutted tread held in place by the occasional root. Over and over the ride switches from the sweet flowing sections to these washed out drainage ditches and back again. These climbs and descents certainly provide a technical and physical challenge but not the kind you can call “fun.” I understand that efforts have been made to improve this trail but it only seems to get worse. Complete reroutes of steep runs are needed and word is that the State Park personnel have resisted. With better laid out trails in the area (Honey Run) don’t even waste your time on this one. Just leave it to the horse traffic, they don’t seem to mind the trashed out sections.

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  • heckmanlloyd
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    This trail needs maintenance. It is shared with equestrian traffic. They have rutted most of the creek crossings. The trails have been routed straight up and down hills. So between the horses and improper drainage, erosion has taken its toll on what could be a fantastic trail. I would not recommend this trail to anyone until they fix it. There was a washout so deep, you could drop my 29er into it, and not see it.

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  • drewjensen
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    This was my first single track ride ever. It is very scenic and challenging. At 12 miles, it is a great workout. A lot of rocks, so drains well. Highly recommend if in the area. Stop in Oz Cycles as well. Great shop and lots of info on area trails.

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  • mtnspectre
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    Ridden counter clockwise is a killer. Lots of technical uphills with rocks, roots and mud. The downhills are fun. Looking at my elevation from my garmin, riding it clockwise would be a lot easier (ups aren't as steep). There is a right turn about 200 meters from the trailhead that would allow for a clockwise ride and avoid a tick infested area. Downfall? Horse traffic, which means horse p***.

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