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The Beach Ridge Bike Trail alternates the direction of travel based on the day of the week. Sunday through Wednesday ride clockwise. Thursday through Saturday ride counter-clockwise.
This ride follows the first 5.2 miles of what will be an 11-mile singletrack trail for mountain bikes, with six bridges and unique obstacles, such as an optional teeter-totter bridge.
Need to Know
- Monclova Road has a 50 mph speed limit so caution is advised when crossing.
- The Beach Ridge Bike Trail overlaps the Oak Openings Hiking Trail on the east sides of the Hognose Snake Loop and the Blazing Star Loop. This is the only part of the hiking-only trail that allows bikes.
From the parking area, head east on Wabash Cannonball Trail
. You'll soon find the entrance to the Hognose Snake Loop
on the left-side of the road, across from the Oak Openings Hiking Trail.
Hognose Snake Loop
starts out as winding singletrack that flows nicely through the forest. This leads into a doubletrack path before singletrack picks up along the Swan Creek. There are many downed trees in the surrounding terrain that leads into wetlands. Fortunately, a number of flat bridges keep riders out of some of the damps spots, but it can still be very muddy in this area after it rains.
At the northern end of Hognose Snake Loop
, a raised bridge heads over the wetlands. Head north across the bridge to access the Blazing Star Loop
, or bypass the bridge to start heading back to the trailhead for a shorter ride. The straight section of trail ahead is two-way until riders encounter another elevated bridge, this one has three rolls built into it. There's also an optional teeter-totter on the Blazing Star Loop
further along on the singletrack.
Once you've wrapped back around the bridge with the rolls, head south to return to the Hognose Snake Loop
and complete the rest of that loop back to the trailhead. This part of the trail opens up with sweeping turns that allow for a fast and fun run.
Shared By: Chris Nowak