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French Lick Loop

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.5 (8) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Buffalo Trace Trail and Waterfall Trail combined to make a mini-epic of climbs and descents.


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Map Key

8.8

Miles

14.1

KM

95%

Singletrack

867' 264 m

High

483' 147 m

Low

907' 276 m

Up

907' 276 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Overview

An eight-mile loop combining French Lick's Buffalo Trace Trail and Waterfall Trail. Riders will tackle moderate to steady climbs and enjoy fun sections of descending. Expect some areas of rocky and technical trail and a beautiful, if smaller waterfall.

Need to Know

The signage and maps for the area can be somewhat confusing for names, but essentially:
Buffalo Trace Trail = Green Trail = Trail 2
Waterfall Trail = Blue Trail = Trail 3

Description

From the parking area, follow the paved trail west and then across the golf course to reach the Buffalo Trace Trail on the other side of West Country Road 25 South. Head left to begin a clockwise loop on the mountain as mapped. To change things up, riders could head counter-clockwise, but this finishes with a shorter descent at the end.

The easy grades and clear tread at the start pass quickly and riders will soon find themselves at the intersection with the Waterfall Trail at mile 1.65. Turn left to transition to a rougher and rockier trail that will make you work harder through steeper climbs, a rock gulley and a stream crossing. There's also a nice small waterfall to enjoy!

Around five-miles, the Waterfall Trail ends back on the Buffalo Trace Trail. Bear left for a little bit of descending before the ride's final climb to the top of the West Side of Mt. Airie. All that's left is a couple miles of fast and fun descending with a few short climbs mixed in.

Contacts

Shared By:

William Ganis

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 8 votes

#1599

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  4.5 from 8 votes
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Rory the trail dog feeling the long ascents on Buffalo Trace Trail.
Jun 30, 2017 near French…, IN

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Apr 9, 2021
JD G
Technical. Abusive. Rocks. Flow.
Apr 7, 2021
Michael Rose
Oct 10, 2020
Casey Roehm
This is a fun little trail. 8.8mi
Sep 23, 2020
Mark Weaver
awesome trail 8.8mi
Aug 4, 2019
Patrick Veal
May 28, 2018
Steve Hoover
Jul 17, 2017
Michael Rose
Lots of elevation changes.... but a fun ride