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Lewis and Clark Monument Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

4.4 mile 7.1 kilometer loop
100% Singletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 520' 158 m
Descent: -508' -155 m
High: 1,245' 379 m
Low: 1,016' 310 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (3°)
Max Grade: 22% (12°)

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Trail 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.

Overview

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.

Description

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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Aug 27, 2019
Matt Ripn
lots of spider webs and some of the jumps come up faster than you may expect. Additionally, I lost my sunglasses. 3.4mi — 0h 40m
Jul 22, 2019
Craig Cotton
Jul 14, 2019
Steven Rainey
Jun 24, 2019
Waalkman Waalkes
A little tacky but good condition.
May 5, 2019
Ty Betzer
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

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Photos

Double black diamond bridge.
Oct 8, 2015 near Council…, IA
View from Tony's Bench
May 1, 2013 near Council…, IA
Black diamond area; stay to the left and jump off the rock on your way down! Fun!!
Oct 8, 2015 near Council…, IA
Banked turns.
Oct 8, 2015 near Council…, IA
This trail really was a blast! it was kind of confusing where to go at all the intersections but very fun!!
Oct 8, 2015 near Council…, IA
One of many drops.
Oct 8, 2015 near Council…, IA

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