Lewis and Clark Monument Trail

 19 votes

4.4 Miles 7.1 Kilometers



520' 158 m


-508' -155 m


1,245' 379 m


1,016' 310 m



Avg Grade (3°)


Max Grade (12°)

All Clear

42 days agoUpdate

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

Phil Niles


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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4.4 from 19 votes

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Aug 10, 2017
Aron Gorham
Great conditions helped us enjoy this little gem of a trail network. very fun, flowy, ups and downs, twists and turns. A must near the Omaha Coun... 4.5mi
Jul 15, 2017
Corey Baumgartner
Jul 8, 2017
Leo Huse
Jun 22, 2017
Matt Heimerdinger
That whole thing about the orb weavers is apparently true in June too.
Jun 11, 2017
Chris Lamb
Two laps with Ben today - 101 degrees.
Mar 18, 2017
Marlon Freeman
Feb 18, 2017
Jay Williams
Sep 19, 2016
John Arnold
Lots of fun dips and turns. It will definitely make your legs burn! Only con is that the signage was nonexistent so I got lost a couple times

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All Clear 42 days ago

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it is fun but the last time I went it was poorly marked and I could not find my way out. Its been about a year and a half since Ive been there so hopefully they fixed that. It use to be awesome but since the floods it got all messed up. Again, hopefully that's fixed. Mar 1, 2015

Jason, L&C was never affected by the floods and it's prime and ready for riding action. Apr 1, 2015

This was a FANTASTIC trail. Very technical in spots. Really enjoyed the ride and the flow of this trail. Only issue I had is that the trailhead wasn't marked out very well. Could just be me but I blew past it a couple of times. Apr 14, 2016

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