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Lewis and Clark Monument Trail

 23 votes


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




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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.
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Dogs: Leashed

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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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.
Sep 23, 2017
Jeff Andrews
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.

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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
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

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