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East Loop

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.3 (6)

A hill climbing extravaganza for central Kansas.


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Map Key

1.6

Miles

2.5

KM

Singletrack

1,594' 486 m

High

1,460' 445 m

Low

90' 28 m

Up

224' 68 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

10%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Description

This 300-foot high hill in the plains of central Kansas is a great location for hill climbing and some fast downhill sections. This trail is bi-directional and the locals ride it in a figure-8 to go both directions for a great workout!

History:
Spanish explorer Francisco Vasquez Coronado, in search Quiveria and the Seven Cities of Gold, came to the Smoky Valley in July, 1541. Coronado noted the fertile soil of the valley in his journal indicating it would be perfect for growing grapes.

The highest point in the Spanish Buttes located to the north and west of present-day Lindsborg is Coronado Heights. The hill, which rises 300 feet above the valley floor, is owned and maintained by the Smoky Valley Historical Association. The winding road up Coronado Heights takes you to a picnic, hiking, biking, and sightseeing destination which has been enjoyed by local residents and visitors alike for generations.

During the Great Depression, the federal government-sponsored Work Progress Administration (WPA) built eating and cooking areas of native sandstone around the top of Coronado Heights in addition to a castle honoring the Spanish explorer. The castle provides shelter with a large interior room featuring a table and a fireplace. It's topped with an open-air second-floor roof, accessible by stairs, providing a spectacular view of the valley and beyond. At night, the city lights of Salina, approximately 12 miles to the north, and McPherson, around 20 miles to the south can be plainly seen from the top of the castle.

Groups are welcome to use Coronado Heights for meetings, outings, and special events. Contact the Lindsborg CVB office for information on obtaining permission to use the Heights for these occasions. Informal visits and family gatherings are always welcome and do not require prior approval by the SVHA. Coronado Heights is patrolled by both the Saline County Sherriff's Department and the Lindsborg Police Department. The rules and regulations for the use of the Heights can be found in the Coronado Heights Use Policy.

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Andy Cramb

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 6 votes

#6706

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  4.3 from 6 votes
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Trail Rankings

#56

in Kansas

#6,706

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Fantastic views of the surrounding area
Jun 10, 2015 near Lindsborg, KS
Riding the second skinny bridge
Jun 10, 2015 near Lindsborg, KS
Lots of fun short descents!
Jun 10, 2015 near Lindsborg, KS
Lots of climbing in this side of the trail!
Jun 10, 2015 near Lindsborg, KS
It's surprising how much tree coverage there is on the North and East side of this hill!
Jun 10, 2015 near Lindsborg, KS
Lowest part of the ride....now you have to climb back up!
Jun 10, 2015 near Lindsborg, KS

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Jul 27, 2017
Ethan Ward
Awesome trail! Good drop offs and some fast sections that keep you coming back for more! 5.1mi
Apr 14, 2017
Rhett Heflin
Great condition 7.1mi
Apr 10, 2017
Rhett Heflin
Good condition, wet in only one spot but overall great ride 6mi
Jan 23, 2017
Andy Theimer