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Scales Lake Loop

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.5 (10) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Singletrack with unique flow in coal country featuring intermediate and expert trails.


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Map Key

7.0

Miles

11.2

KM

100%

Singletrack

478' 146 m

High

417' 127 m

Low

311' 95 m

Up

311' 95 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

8%

Max Grade (5°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

Family Friendly The skills area and trails make the park a great family destination. Our skills area has features to challenge all levels of riders. We also plan to add a new 2.5-mile beginner loop in 2017.

Open during park hours only. Helmets are strongly advised.

Overview

This loop is on old coal mine land that has resulted in a landscape perfect for mountain biking. The park also features the area's only MTB skills area with a pumptrack, dirt jumps, and challenge course.

Need to Know

This is a two-way route while the most common direction to ride the trail is clockwise. Follow the "loop" stickers.

Description

This ~seven-mile loop is very exciting but can be difficult for beginners. It features many quick ups and downs with short, steep climbs and descents. Keep an eye out for optional trails to extend this loop, such as Redline, Teddy Bear, and Dan Halen.

In addition to the Boonville Bike Club, the trails in Scales Lake Park are also maintained by members of the Evansville Mountain Bike Association.

History & Background

The Red Dome Coal Mine operated on this property over a century ago. With mountain bike racing in the park dating back to the early 90's, Scales Lake Park has always been at the forefront of our sport. Individual stewards along with groups from Bicycle World, the LA Dirt Riders, Boonville Bike Club, and the Evansville Mountain Bike Association have all worked together to make this park one of the best mountain bike destinations in Indiana.

Contacts

Shared By:

Brad Scales

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  4.5 from 10 votes

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Boonville Bike Club members shredding the trail!
Dec 1, 2016 near Boonville, IN
Dirt Jumps
Jun 11, 2018 near Boonville, IN
Goat Trail on a beautiful day
Apr 4, 2020 near Boonville, IN
Coming up to the drops
Aug 13, 2017 near Boonville, IN

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Oct 15, 2018
Tom Dirlam
Aug 17, 2018
Tom Mueller
Aug 5, 2018
William Dye
Jun 7, 2018
Dan Chandler
First visit, Time Approx. Super fun. 7mi
Aug 31, 2017
Kyle Brown
Aug 12, 2017
Christopher Barkow
I was very impressed with the trail system! It's easy to tell the trails are well maintained and well loved. The skills park and pump track rocked! 14.1mi — 1h 30m
Jul 4, 2017
kevin wright
Good ride 4.9mi
Sep 2, 2016
kevin wright
My hometown ride