This is one way to connect the three singletrack trails in Salina, River Woods Nature Area, Salina YMCA Trails, and Indian Rock Park.
At Indian Rock Park, there's a couple of washed-out sections on this trail that you should watch out for.
I chose a central point to start with good parking, the Bill Burke Sports Complex. The Bill Burke Sports Complex Trail
starts taking you south to the Salina Levee Trail, South
. This will drop you off at the River Woods Nature Area; don't miss your turn at Cloud Street.
The River Woods Nature Area is a great beginner's course, as there are few technical features in the area, but it's a fun area to get in the dirt. From there, you'll take the Salina Levee Trail, South
back to the Salina Trails and, unfortunately, on a couple blocks of a city street to reach the YMCA Main Loop
This is a fun trail that I recommend you ride clockwise, although there is no official direction. Watch out for trail runners...and spiderwebs. When you leave the YMCA Main Loop
, take the streets back to the Salina Trails to Indian Rock Park where this ride heads around the perimeter and then a short climb to the middle of the park where you can practice your downhill skills either on the Main Loop
, marked to the north, or the Staircase
You can take the Main Loop
to navigate the hill around to Indian Rock and then back up to the parking lot to do it again. Mix it up with any of the trails I've added on the map to make it your own featured ride. The Staircase
that will test your skills with lots of short drops down a descent!
Then continue back to Bill Burke Sports Complex Trail
...or do whatever ride you want to make of all these great trails. There is a master plan to connect the Salina YMCA Trails to other trails using the Smoky Hill channel, so keep your eyes open for this addition in the next few years!
David Johnson shares a very interesting history of Indian Rock Park at historyhawks.wordpress.com/…
. Please follow the link to read the story.