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Cheney Lake Main Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 3.3 (3) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A mix of single and doubletrack that is a great place for beginners.


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10.0

Miles

16.1

KM

70%

Singletrack

1,472' 449 m

High

1,425' 434 m

Low

185' 56 m

Up

185' 56 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (0°)

3%

Max Grade (2°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

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Family Friendly This is as beginner of a trail as it gets.

This trail is in a state park, so you'll need a vehicle sticker to park inside. Otherwise, you can ride your bike in for free.

Overview

Cheney Lake offers a great place for beginners to hit the dirt without the risk of any intimidating obstacles that you find on other trails. This ride is a 5-mile out-and-back with a couple of different trail options which allows you to mix up your ride! The start of the trail is at the southeast end, but you can jump in anywhere along the route.

Need to Know

Bug spray and tire sealant is a must!

Description

The southern third is through big cottonwood trees and has a mix of clay and sandy soils. Use caution when cornering on the sand as it's easy for your wheel to slip. Some of the trail was covered in wood chips years ago, but that doesn't seem to be the case anymore.

The middle of the ride is open fields with a few views of the water from a distance. These areas are mowed and well-maintained, but there's not always a tread.

The northern section of the ride shares a path with a disc gold course. Be sure to look out for players as you ride the trail. Unfortunately, the main trail has not been maintained past the course. Use caution when picking a line through many large fallen trees, piles of driftwood and tall prairie grass. You may have to carry your bike over a few sections if you choose to continue past mile four.

There are numerous trails back to the main paved road that can be used for a bail-out if needed. Bring plenty of water as there are no water facilities past the middle section.

Contacts

Land Manager: Cheney Lake State Park

Shared By:

Andy Cramb with improvements by Matt Rathbun

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  3.3 from 3 votes

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Photos

Bridge over the Spring Creek.
Jul 19, 2018 near Cheney, KS
Tall grasses
Aug 30, 2015 near Cheney, KS
Leaving the field and entering the woods
Aug 30, 2015 near Cheney, KS
A mix of dirt and old mulch chips that's no longer maintained.
Aug 30, 2015 near Cheney, KS
in the woods again!
Aug 30, 2015 near Cheney, KS
Looks like kids have built a fort along the trail
Aug 30, 2015 near Cheney, KS

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Aug 24, 2019
Matt Rathbun
Took the boy out with the co-pilot. Was a fun ride. Trails were a little wet in places, but not soggy. Overall ground was good and some cool air ju… 7.5mi — 10h 30m
Aug 10, 2019
Hilton Vd Merwe
Jul 29, 2017
Jay Bainum
rode this trail with my 6yr old son & we had a blast! Highly recommend this trail for beginers as well other skill levels.
Jul 10, 2017
Jessica Mounts
Trail is mostly dry, only a couple of wet areas this morning. 10mi
Jun 28, 2017
Jessica Mounts
Wilder parts of the trail were mowed recently, last week they were too overgrown to pedal thru. Previously muddy areas were dry this morning! 8.9mi