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Level: Beginner
Length: 26 mi (41.8 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +332/263 ft
Total: 51 riders
 

Mountain Biking Wilderness Park

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#31 of 39 mountain bike trails in Nebraska
#10845 in the world

Wilderness is nothing too exciting or challenging, but it is a lot of fun, and has a lot more variety
than one would think. One could easily ride for many hours on this trail, and actually end up a little
lost since it can be quite the confusing network of trails. It's mostly lush scenery, expect to see
deer but not too many other riders. It stays pretty quiet.

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
There are several entrances to Wilderness Park that I know of. There is one off south 14th street, one near the 27th and Satillo St. intersection and one on Old Cheney road near Highway 77. You can also get to these singletrack trails via walking trails.
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Mountain Bike Trails Near Lincoln, Nebraska

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  • LeakyPipe
    ***

    Very flat, and collapsed bridge near the Cordwell Stream down south from old Cheney.

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  • agor777
    *****

    Great ride, clean, well taken care of, scenic, and quiet place to ride on the west side of the creek.

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  • addy87
    ***

    This is Lincoln, NE so it's flat. But fast! Like the other reviewers noted, there is nothing technical nor challenging on this trail. Great for going fast and spinning the wheels. I rode most of the trail and the only tricky part was on the west trail where it goes to connect back up with the east trail and you cross two creeks; somewhat steep and rocky. The signage is nice but it only tells you the trail allowed usage (MTBs, hikers, horses or some combination of that). The main trail isn't marked and it's easy to get lost, which I did. Overall, just an easy fast trail.

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  • agirlcyclist
    ****

    It is mostly flat, shared by a lot of hikers. Signage lacking, so easy to get lost if you don't know trail well. Nice when mowed, too much poison ivy if not mowed. Green, easy trail.

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  • AB Coleman
    ****

    Perfect trail for people who have entry level hardtails. Nothing really challenging, but a root or 2 can catch you off guard if you don't pay attention.

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  • Quinten Ross Roberts
    ***

    Good wilderness trail but that's about it, good condition and all but I would like some more challenge to it. Very easy trail for someone who wants an easy ride.

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  • ****

    Not difficult, but its still a nice ride in a nice setting. Plenty of mileage to ride. It does stay tacky for a while after it rains, so take that into consideration.

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  • GTXC4
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    I came down from Omaha on Aug 17, 2013 and I too am both disappointed that I made the drive and embarrassed at the same time. Flat, winding because they made it that way, but I say again, FLAT. Boring. Not only that, but the trails are marked for hiking, biking, & horseback. With the bridge being chained up, your trail is short, unless you ride on the walking trails. I left and I'm not going back unless they do something. Lake Manawa is mostly flat too, but fun because of obstacles. They could do something with this place if they wanted too.

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  • danecl16
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    I really did not like this trail at all. Super flat with not a lot of flow. I came down to Lincoln from Omaha specifically to ride this trail and was very disappointed.

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  • tshbn20
    ****

    Just like the description says, the trail is nothing unexpected, but it really is a nice trail and has some neat spots to it. I saw two deer, one went right across the trail and stopped very close to check me out. This trail also connects to many that span Lincoln.

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  • *****

    I enjoy this trail i rode part of it fir the first time in fall of 2011 Great time. Took my 10 and 7 year old sons and they enjoyed it as well.

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  • RoadWarrior
    ***

    Fun, easy, non-technical ride through the woods. Parallels the Jamaica Rail Trail (crushed limestone trail) To acess all the ST requires some riding on the Jamaica, and as of 9-11-11 the bike bridge across the Salt River was closed (clain link fence closed!) Use Jamaica Trail and W. Old Cheney Rd to get to west side trails.

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  • stevethousand
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    There are two main trailheads to this park: Pioneers Road, West of 14th, and South 14th St, South of Yankee Hill Road.

    Each trailhead has a parking lot, but no amenities.

    The trail itself is flat, and transitions between wooded areas and open meadows. There are multiple wide bridge crossings. This is a flat, easy beginner trail, but the loads of turns make it a fun ride for any skill level of rider.

    From time to time, it gets muddy or washed out, and because it is so flat, the drainage is slower than at most trails.

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  • Netguy10
    *****

    Wilderness is a favorite of mine. This is a mixed use trail with bike, horse and foot paths. Most intersections are marked and the trails overlap in spots. The trail wanders along with the meandering Salt Creek that runs through the park. Sections north of Pioneers Road were under reconstruction last I checked.

    Most of this trail is simple single track with a good variety of flat trail and dips. Several bridges cross the stream and the trail crosses (generally dry) stream beds twice on the southern end, making for some technical climbs. The park also contains the Jamaica trail, a flat limestone trail on old railroad grade. Often riders will take wilderness trails in and return on Jamaica for a quick trip back to the starting point.

    The trail is 26 miles of winding trail. Only one street crossing at 14th street keeps you focusing on the ride. Generally this trail is a 2-3 hour ride. Being sandy dirt, it gets muddy after a rain but the trails dry quickly in most areas.* Review edited 9/13/2008

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