July 14, 2014
Well, I was impressed with this trail build. They made good use of the land and for the first run, it's worth the try again and again. With just under a 3 mile loop, this trail affords what I would say is a 3-part mix of; Swanson, Jewell, and Lake Manawa Trail systems. Very creative with the bridges, log crossings, dips, climbs, tight turns, jumps, low level limbs and in some instances trees, and that cool little descent where you can ride on top of the tree. You even do a few prairie crossings. Obstacles range from a few feet, to the 4 inch root. My 3 year old had a blast out here and climbed the hill up to the parking lot alone! This has something for every level and age. The network consists of easy and difficult described above. The only thing I would not agree with is the Black Diamond rating, for my 3 year old (who wanted to do them) yes, for an intermediate rider, no. None the less, it is a good time. When you see CAUTION signs, that is to look out by intersections or where other can be coming from the opposite direction. Haven't had an issue with that. Very fun and a great addition to the area. I look forward to see it's expanding development in the future!
Be Advised: There are ticks when you get out to the North prairie doubletrack that runs parallel with 370.
Swanson Park, Lake Manawa