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Little Clifty Loop

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8.1 Miles 13.0 Kilometers


777' 237 m


-746' -227 m



Avg Grade (2°)


Max Grade (8°)

1,411' 430 m


1,158' 353 m


Shared By Leslie Kehmeier


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One down tree on north side of loop. History

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The biggest loop and the heart of the Hobbs State Park trail system.

Leslie Kehmeier

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Little Clifty is the biggest singletrack loop at Hobbs State Park. Although the trail can be ridden in either direction, counter-clockwise is best to take advantage of a fun downhill section 3/4 of the way through the route.

Starting from the Piney Road trailhead, stay right to access the trail and contour parallel the road through a big open forest. The route eventually turns left to descend quickly to Little Clifty Creek.

After crossing the creek, the trail climbs steeply and then mellows out into rolling terrain. After crossing a road stay left at the intersection with War Eagle Loop. From here, Little Clifty continues along the rolling contour with several short climbs and descents. The route travels through beautiful forest becoming quite dense at times.

After passing another intersection with War Eagle Loop and Visitor Center Trail, the route parallels and then crosses Townsend Ridge Rd. The trail traverses a hillside before starting a quick steep descent back down to Little Clifty Creek.

The last bit of the route is a steep and grinding climb back up to road level followed by a fun (and quick) swooping section through the big trees.


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Feb 13, 2019
Barry D
hardtail no doubt lots of sharp rocks in spots not as rocky as reputation fast singletrack with no variables 7.9mi
Feb 3, 2019
Gypsy_ Haas
Oct 20, 2018
Stash Gordon
Trails are dry. 8mi
Oct 13, 2018
David Brown
Light/Moderate rain - trail was still in good shape 7.9mi
Oct 6, 2018
Dana M
8.1mi — 2h 45m
Jul 24, 2018
Freja Evans
Great ride, couple of trees across the trail but easy to spot 10.8mi
Jun 15, 2018
Andrew Lynch

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I recently rode this trail and found the trail surface extremely gravely. In some places it was over an inch deep of small to medium (golf ball) size gravel. I found it difficult to keep traction on climbs and sketchy on descents. I did not find this trail fun at all. To be fair, I am from the east coast where rocks are common, but they are embedded in the trail. My tires are for cross country riding. Perhaps if I had beefier tread I would have found the riding more fun. After 2 miles, my husband and I decided to turn around. So be aware that if you are not local, make sure your tires are right for the trail surface. Nov 10, 2018
Al M.
Kansas City, MO
Al M.   Kansas City, MO
Smooth, fast, and a helluva lot of fun. Not super technical, but if you're looking to go fast, this is the place. The downhills are surprisingly long but you pay for them with surprisingly steep and difficult climbs. A shorter travel bike or hardtail is perfect for these trails. Think of it as a mini Back 40, but equally as fun. Will be back for sure. Feb 16, 2019

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