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Lewis and Clark Monument Trail

 4.5 (32)
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4.4 Miles 7.1 Kilometers



520' 158 m


-508' -155 m



Avg Grade (3°)


Max Grade (12°)

1,245' 379 m


1,016' 310 m


Shared By Phil Niles



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A challenging trail with fast flow, quick drops, and leg burning climbs.

Phil Niles

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Stay on the trail. Do not take blocked off side trails as some lead to private property.


Lewis and Clark is one of the first trails in the Omaha area and remains one of the favorites of local riders/hikers/runners alike.

Need to Know

Be prepared for lots of Orb-weaver spider webs crossing the trail in the summer/fall (depending on the year) if you are the first one to ride it that day. They are harmless, but you'll be covered in webs and spiders.


Ride: From the parking lot, head back to the park entrance and take the second trail on the right almost next to the gate to the park. This is the trailhead. The first trail to the right is the trail exit.

Head down the trail and enjoy the trip to the bluff bottom. From here, follow the trail along the tracks to a section of short steep climbs and narrow quick drops.

The trail then climbs up and flies down in loops along the bluff face. At one point you come to a bench placed in memoriam for Tony Naikelis - a trail building pioneer in the area. The bench overlooks Council Bluffs and downtown Omaha in the distance. Take a minute to catch your breath and take in the view.

The last climb will take you out to the trail exit through a long series of tight steep switchbacks. If you have extra energy at the top, hang a hard right back down to the trailhead!


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Sep 10, 2018
Estabon Platte
Crashed once pretty hard. Walked up hills a lot. With Rob. 4.9mi
Sep 1, 2018
Ben Coulter
1st time at L&C, super fun! Dirt was great, awesome mix of fast downhills, challenging climbs and flow. Lots of technical features and jumps. Awesome! 4.6mi
Aug 18, 2018
Willy Hernandes
Jul 29, 2018
S. Turner
Jul 4, 2018
Kristin Thomas
May 30, 2018
Randy Rosado
Nov 3, 2017
Randy Rosado
This trail is freaking awesome!!! My respects to T.H.O.R for making this awesome trail 5.7mi
Oct 22, 2017
Monica Flis
Tough slippery and technical climbs and drops. Had to walk many times due the slippery trail. Would not do it again.

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Top quality trail. NOT for beginners. Intermediate cyclists will be challenged on both the technical skill needed, and the sheer physicality. Having ridden out West in Colorado and Utah, the L&C trail is as fun and challenging as many of the best trail systems out West. But add humidity to the mix and it can be much more exhausting than usual. If you use the MTB app, you won't get lost Oct 1, 2017
I enjoy hiking on the trails and at times get "lost" but isn't that the whole point of being in nature!?! My dog leads the way every time and she takes me up and down steep hills and we always get in an awesome workout. It would be nice if the trails were better marked in regards to am I going against the flow of "traffic" or with it. Some trails are marked with arrows and if it's difficult. Apr 20, 2018
Very nice trail. Optional features next to trail and high speed flow in places. Tough climb on way out but fun stuff Jun 26, 2018

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