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Sheltowee Trace NRT: Section 26

Intermediate

Trail

8.4 mile 13.5 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 470' 143 m
Descent: -615' -188 m
High: 1,225' 373 m
Low: 1,034' 315 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)

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Trail shared by Chris Chaney

Notoriously good riding along Laurel Lake on the Sheltowee Trace.

Chris Chaney

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Beginning on KY 1193 where the Sheltowee comes out of Cane Creek WMA, this section of the Trace drops from the trailhead into some nice rollers before losing considerable elevation from the ridge down into the valley where the trail soon falls along the lake shore in its upper reaches.

Then the ride is a race to the dam contouring in and out of inlets and hollows on well-drained and super fun singletrack.

Take care when passing through the camping areas as there can be foot traffic down to the shore for fishing and boat access and watch for blazes and signs when crossing roads and when passing through the marina area so as not to lose the trail. When in doubt angle back toward the lake. The Trace is never far from the lakeshore in this section.

The Kentucky Mountain Bike Association has a long-standing New Year's Day get together beginning from the dam and riding north out and back as far as you dare before your appendages freeze.

You can begin at the north end where the Sheltowee crosses 1193 or at the dam. I like starting at the dam because you climb up to 1193 at the halfway point. The benefit of starting at the northern end is that you can also sample the more-technical section of the Trace to the north heading into Cane Creek WMA from the same trailhead.

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Feb 2, 2020
Joshua Clarke
8.4mi — 2h 00m
Sep 6, 2019
Ryan Russell
Kevin Degler — 0h 56m
May 26, 2019
Jack Chamiga
10.8mi
Apr 27, 2019
Julian Startzman
good riding for newcomers. trails aren't amazingly maintained but for the most part very fun 8.4mi — 1h 30m
Apr 6, 2019
Chad Abner
Didn't enjoy it. Climbs were jagged and downhills were tough to navigate. Bridges were in disrepair 5mi
Aug 23, 2017
Mike Seamore
10.9mi
Aug 23, 2017
Joey Atkins
10.9mi
Aug 15, 2017
Joey Atkins

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  4.6 from 14 votes

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Ripping the Laurel Lake singletrack at The 45
Apr 9, 2019 near North C…, KY
What a way to spend a day!
Mar 27, 2020 near North C…, KY
2015 KYMBA New Year's Day ride turning around and heading back toward the dam
Jul 8, 2015 near North C…, KY
It's only a climb if you're southbound. Don't ride on a full stomach!
Jun 21, 2017 near North C…, KY
On the 2014 KYMBA NTD ride
Jul 8, 2015 near North C…, KY
Having a blast on New Year's Day 2014
Jul 8, 2015 near North C…, KY

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