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Binder Lake Trail System

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.5 (8) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A ride that combines all four loops at Binder Lake.


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Map Key

13.2

Miles

21.2

KM

95%

Singletrack

732' 223 m

High

642' 196 m

Low

861' 262 m

Up

865' 264 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

9%

Max Grade (5°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Allowed

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Overview

Binder is mostly smooth singletrack with mild climbs and some technical rocky sections. Each loop has its own share of tight swicthbacks, narrow trees, and quick flowing descents.

Description

You can start from any of the trailheads, but the most common is to start from the old bait shop. This ride encompasses the Green Loop, Blue Loop, Red Loop, Yellow Loop. The trail flows best in a counter-clockwise direction.

From the bait shop trailhead you'll ride half of the Green Loop until a field. Stay right and it becomes the Blue Loop, which you'll ride about half of unit you come to a switchback right next to the road that is marked with a blue arrow pointing to continue down the switchback, and red and yellow arrows both pointing to exit onto the main road. Exit onto the paved road to access the Red Loop and Yellow Loop. Head right toward the gated entrance, and enter the Red Loop by riding over the bridge spanning the ditch on the south side of Rainbow Drive.

After the Red Loop you'll cross the ditch again with the same small bridge, then head right and ride on Rainbow Drive across the dam. Take the next left toward the campground. The trail starts from the gravel pull out on the left. After the Yellow Loop return to the Blue Loop by crossing the dam again and heading back through the gated entrance. Take a right into the woods to continue the switchback section on the Blue Loop. The Blue Loop will end in the field and becomes the Green Loop again once you reenter the woods. The trail is straight forward from there, finishing with a very fun flowing descent that pops you right by the bait shop.

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Shared By:

Bryce Mihalevich with improvements by Tyler Roberts and 1 other

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 8 votes

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  4.5 from 8 votes
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Photos

Green Loop
May 31, 2019 near Saint M…, MO
Binder Lake Trail can be spectacular in the fall.
Oct 29, 2016 near Saint M…, MO
Blue Loop
May 31, 2019 near Saint M…, MO
Green Loop
May 31, 2019 near Saint M…, MO
Green Loop to Blue Loop way
May 31, 2019 near Saint M…, MO
This is what you'll find at the information board.
Oct 26, 2014 near Saint M…, MO

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Mar 22, 2021
Colby Thompson
Little bit of mud but perfect riding conditions for us 3.6mi
Nov 20, 2020
Edwin Amaro
Aug 15, 2020
Daniel Matheny
May 28, 2019
Julio Tarazona
Minor Issues , Muddy , Great Ride — 1h 00m
Nov 17, 2018
James Brow
Sep 28, 2018
Anthony Schnack
Second time coming to Binder. Did the green, blue, and red loops 9.5mi
Sep 30, 2017
kurt schmidt
Aug 9, 2017
Rie Sasaki