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Level: Intermediate
Length: 11 mi (17.7 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +277/181 ft
Total: 152 riders
 

Mountain Biking Winona Lake Trail

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#7 of 98 mountain bike trails in Indiana
#317 in the world

This trail has some awesome singletrack! Jumps galore and loads of nice free riding and technical challenges. Trail caretakers are very sensitive about riding direction. Follow the arrows and don't ride backwards (learned this the hard way while trying to practice for a DINO race).

First added by TMac on Apr 30, 2006. Last updated May 2, 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
Take US31 south from South Bend to US 30 E. Go to Warsaw and turn right on Center St. Once in Warsaw (at the Bob Evans intersection), proceed for 2 lights on Center, and turn left on to Argonne Rd. Go to the stoplight, straight ghrough the intersection and it will become Park Ave. Follow Park Ave. through Winona Lad, past City Park on the right, over a bridge, and then next road on the left is Boys City Dr. Follow Boys City Dr. to the main entrance of the Winona Lake Trail System. Parking is located inside the main entrance.
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  • INBRDLVR
    *****

    I rode this trail system nearly every week for the five years I lived in town. It is very well maintained and includes flowy singletrack, technical areas, short climbs, and several jumps and features. There are berms, rock gardens, bridges, several jumps, sandy sections, skinnys, log rolls, and even a couple drop-offs off old cabin foundations. In my opinion, these are some of the best trails in the state! The trails offer the opportunity to run several laps in quick succession. When you're done, the town of Winona Lake is a beautiful place to stop for a bite to eat and some drinks. Check out the Boathouse restaurant, Cerulean, or Kelainey's Sweet Dreams which are 60 seconds drive from the trail head.

    A few things to be aware of:
    •You can carry a lot of speed through these trails, so keep an eye out for family groups, hikers, dog walkers, etc. - especially through the numerous blind turns.
    •I have seen countless riders get yelled at by the locals for not wearing a helmet. This is private land and an injury could mean closure of the trails for good, so people take it very seriously.
    •I have also seen countless riders get yelled at for not following signage and biking in the wrong direction. Again, these trails are fast, and going the wrong way could result in injury to yourself or others.
    •There are metal gates at the entrance to most trail heads to close the area to traffic if the trails are wet.

    This trail system takes you through several ecosystems, including old fields, pine groves, deciduous woodlands, creek beds, rocky/rooty areas, etc. Be safe and I hope you enjoy these trails as much as I have!

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  • reid.jay425
    ****

    nice work on these trails... best I've found since moving here from west coast...

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  • irv0735
    *****

    This is a very well maintained trail that flows nicely. More difficult options with some surprising climbs are available before meeting back up with the main path. Beautiful scenery and wildlife cap it off. Countless squirrels, chipmunks, birds and even a family of deer were present for my spring ride. Plan to ride when it hasn't rained for a few days, as it had rained the night before my ride and there were some areas that I had to be very cautious to not damage the trail and even wiped out on a tricky downhill due to my bad tires and the soil that wasn't completely dry yet.

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  • ned3323
    *****

    Great trail system, good technical area and some fast sweeping areas in the woods.

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  • outlander   ✓ supporter
    *****

    Beautifully maintained trail system. Routes are well marked. Fun, flow with the right mix of technical features.

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  • jgibson7336
    *****

    Great set of trails. Good mix of soil types, jumps, steep climbs and decents for northern IN! Always very maintained.

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  • Andy Bodine
    ****

    It's a nice intermediate trail where you can fly through the downhills with berms on the side to maintain speed. The climbs at times might be steep, but are rewarding with a downhill part after it. It is technical at some times and improves skills with drops. There are lots of trails here to ride, and even a paved trail that stretches for a few miles. Trails are well marked. I gave this a 4 star because at the end of one particular trail, there was a large tree across it that needs to be cut up with a chainsaw. I picked up a few sticks along the trail, as well. Overall a nice and fun trail from experienced to beginner riders.

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  • LucindaInGA
    ****

    Great group for stacked loop trails. A lot of trails packed into a small space. Smooth but with a few roots and short climbs. Easy to do laps of your favorite loops. Trails well marked and maintained. Lots of options for more challenges off the main trail. Just a whole lot of fun for all skill levels.

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  • bboehman
    ****

    Ride this trail every year in the DINO series. It is a lot of fun and it is one of the trails that makes me hurt the most during the series. They continue to improve it and it really has become one of my favorites of the series.

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  • Nathan Deaver
    ****

    Very fun place to ride. Fairly technical as far as tight turns and sand. As others said lots of jumps and fun little challenges. Kind of got turned around at first but figured it out pretty quickly. Fun place to take the wife and kids.

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  • JLovette
    *****

    I love this trail! Depending on how my mind is, or what I want my goal to be, I can easily choose how challenging I want to make my ride. I'm a lower intermediate mtb rider and I feel like there is something new every time. The condition of the trail, as others have stated, is on point and managed very well.

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  • joshdmorris
    *****

    The trail teams that keep this trail up have done a phenomenal job. From the flat, quick runs, to the downhill technical, you will not be disappointed in what this trail set has to offer.

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  • jeramihuff
    *****

    Extremely well cared for trail. Very fun and flowing. Some very nice climbs and descents. Overall very fun trail.

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  • Brad price
    *****

    this is a very nice trail system. There are some nice jumps and crossover bridging large downed trees. with nice places to go around if it's over your skill level. I Took the wife with me so I had the advanced line wile the wife took the beginner line. Works out great for all skill levels. Very nice people who provide this riding place. Hats Off KVC.

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  • Kerryarose59
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    Hats off to the KCV and trail maintenance teams. Addition of new berms and continual trail maintenance keep this place fun and entertaining for all skill levels. The rebuild of the Sweet Darling loop is great!

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  • Bubblehead10MM   ✓ supporter
    ****

    Gr8 trail. Definitely not expert over all though, most of the "expert loops" are pretty good, fun intermediate level stuff. terrain is generally pretty hilly especially on side loops. I got good exercise but not exhausting. :) Definitely feels like there's an active comunity taking care of the place, new bridges, new berms. lots of fast down hills, with little drops in them. Real gem.

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  • Tim Yoder

    It depends on what sections you ride. There is easy 10 miles if you hit all but the advance sections.

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  • Joe Lampen
    ****

    This is the very first trail I ever rode a mountain bike on, so it has a special place in my heart. However, it is a really fun, twisty but smooth flowing trail that meanders through a creek valley and includes an open field loop. There are several places to take either moderate or advanced alternates making it fun for riders of all skill levels. I've taken kids as young as 6 out on the trail. Though the trail makes the best use of its elevation changes, there's not a significant amount of climbing. Climbs consist mostly of short punchy steeper climbs that still present a good workout, but nothing that's going to require long sustained efforts. Without that, I give it a 4 out of 5.

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