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Great Bend River Trail

Intermediate
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A mix of singletrack and doubletrack that uses the Arkansas River bank to create elevation features.


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8.0

Miles

12.8

KM

Doubletrack

1,903' 580 m

High

1,858' 566 m

Low

124' 38 m

Up

85' 26 m

Down

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Avg Grade (0°)

4%

Max Grade (2°)

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Description

This is a twisty-turny, out-and-back trail that uses the bank of the Arkansas River to create lots of short climbs and descents that will get your heart pumping if you ride it fast enough. The area is a free-for-all for ATV and MTB use. Unfortunately, the ATVs steal sections of trail that the MTB builders create when they find them and quickly turn them into sandy doubletrack.

As you get further from Main St., the sharing of trails diminishes greatly, but beware when the trails cross in a couple of areas. The ATVs have churned up the sand so bad it's hard to get through with a 2" tire. The rest of the trail is mostly packed and fast, but there are a few short sections that are soft and sandy.

It might be worthwhile to skip the first section of trail if you have a pickup and drive to the parking area indicated about 1/4 of the way into the trail. The first quarter of the trail is heavily shared with ATV trails that have taken over the singletrack. There were people target practicing that day in the area. Apparently, it's normal to shoot into the river banks; hopefully, they're not being stupid.

I've been told the best time to ride this trail is on a cold winter day at 8 am when the ATVs won't be out...I found a 75 degree day brings out all sorts of machines driving down the river.

Contacts

Land Manager: Great Bend, KS

Shared By:

Andy Cramb

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#169

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The entrance to the River Trail; a 20' deep ditch to practice your descent and climb skills in. There's a super smooth transition at the bottom, keep your momentum up, and you'll hardly have to pedal out!
Mar 7, 2016 near Great Bend, KS
Ride the wall!!
Mar 7, 2016 near Great Bend, KS
One of the many challenging features along the trail.
Mar 7, 2016 near Great Bend, KS
This trail uses the river bank over and over to create small descents and climbs.
Mar 7, 2016 near Great Bend, KS
A lot of the trail is dictated by fallen trees...drought has killed many large trees and flowing sections are changed to accommodate large new obstacles
Mar 7, 2016 near Great Bend, KS
It's hard to capture how steep some of these short climbs are!
Mar 7, 2016 near Great Bend, KS

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