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Lake Shore Trail

Intermediate

Trail

11.5 mile 18.5 kilometer loop
Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 335' 102 m
Descent: -335' -102 m
High: 1,185' 361 m
Low: 1,077' 328 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 15% (8°)

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Trail shared by Paul Stahlschmidt

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Beautiful riding at Council Bluff Lake

Paul Stahlschmidt

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Description

Following the contours of Council Bluff Lake, the Lake Shore Trail is a Missouri favorite. There is very little elevation gain, but short ups and downs around the the lake provide great fast-paced flow. Technical challenges do exist on this trail including several rocky sections. Nearly all of this trail is singletrack.

There are several places to start the 11.5 mile loop; this outlined route begins within the Council Bluff Lake Recreation Area at the Wild Boar Hollow Boat Launch, where a $3 day-use fee applies. Another trailhead worth noting begins at the Wild Boar Ridge Campground which has direct ride-in/ride-out access. Showers are available at the Chapel Hill Beach, open in the summer.

Other rides to consider in the Mark Twain National Forest include the Ozark Trail (a spur to this is located approximately 1.5 mi. in on this route), and the IMBA-Epic Berryman Trail, about an hour north.

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May 2, 2020
Alex Ogburn
Trail was wet in the bottoms but in great shape overall. Trail has a number of great techie sections and has little traffic to contend with today. 11.5mi
Dec 5, 2018
Brandon Chilton
12mi
May 12, 2018
James Brow
This is a really nice trail, Worth the drive for me.
May 7, 2018
Tyler Deason
Long hard rocky trail with grate lake cues and a snack bar at the end 12mi
Apr 30, 2018
Terry Young
12.4mi — 1h 45m
Oct 1, 2016
Sky Tracker
Rolling singletrack around a beautiful lake. A little rocky.
Sep 12, 2016
Sky Tracker
Oct 11, 2014
Bill Cahill
Burnin at the Bluff Race 39mi

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  3.9 from 13 votes

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#138

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#6,445

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Lake view by the dam.
May 12, 2018 near Bismarck, MO
Lake view
May 12, 2018 near Bismarck, MO
Cool little wash.
May 12, 2018 near Bismarck, MO
One of the rock gardens.
May 12, 2018 near Bismarck, MO
Cool little wash.
May 12, 2018 near Bismarck, MO
A pond in the wash.
May 12, 2018 near Bismarck, MO

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