10 Trails You Like More Than Me – 2017 Edition

Potter’s Pastures, Brady, NE

While Potter's Pastures has some interesting segments, most of it is this less interesting slog through grassy sand hills (photo: Bubblehead10MM)
While Potter’s Pastures has some interesting segments, most of it is this less interesting slog through grassy sand hills (photo: Bubblehead10MM)

For years, Potter’s Pastures was ranked the top trail in Nebraska, so I was keen to incorporate it into my journey across I-80. Upon leaving the interstate and heading south, the otherwise flat Nebraska terrain got hilly, so I thought there might be something to this place. The parking area was nestled in a pretty little treed area, and we set out on the trails with high hopes.

What we found was most of the trails badly eroded in the sand hills. It appeared that once a rut got too deep, people would start riding parallel to it, and then another rut would form.  In places there were three deep ruts running side-by-side. When there was rideable singletrack, it was often blocked by piles of cattle droppings. Often it was hard to tell what was a legit trail and what was a cow path. I suspect there are ways to string the best trails together into a decent loop, so I might like to go back with a local familiar with the area, and I offer sincere kudos to the locals for carving this network out of the prairie hills in the first place, but for a drive by ride, it just didn’t work.

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