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5.8 mile 9.3 kilometer loop
90% Singletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 63' 19 m
Descent: -64' -19 m
High: 1,080' 329 m
Low: 1,062' 324 m

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Max Grade: 2% (1°)

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This featured ride combines Sandy Wash, Sandy Flow, & Jaxon's Loop in a 5 mile loop.

Chris Spargen

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Family Friendly Flat terrain, progressive features can be ridden around or rolled.

Please stay off muddy trails.

Overview

This combines Sandy Wash, Sandy Flow, & Jaxon's Loop for a 5 mile loop that follows all the trails currently available in the OxBow Trail System. Wash is a little more tame and kid friendly (minus The Ridge) and Flow is faster and has bigger berms and features. Jaxon's Loop is much more technical and has some of the largest features within a couple hundred miles, including a 17 foot gap jump, 7 foot drop, & a shaved tree drop.

Need to Know

Cross over the Salt Creek Bridge to the east to find Sandy Flow. Sandy Wash intersects a gravel doubletrack trail that runs throughout the entire trail.

Description

This ride starts at the parking available at the lot on the corner of 13th and Silver Street. Head east until the start of Sandy Wash on the left. Continue north as the trail follows the north bank of the Salt Creek to complete a two-mile loop.

Although it's stuffed with many features of varying difficulty, the trail was designed with a wide-range of riders in mind. As a result, features that require dropping or jumping skills always have a ride-around, making this a great option for families and new ride as well as seasoned bikers.

Given the minimal elevation changes of the area's terrain, some features will require pedaling to attain the proper speed. This allows, and requires, riders to dictate how fast they hit a feature based on their skill level. It's recommended that first-time visitors complete the loop a time or two to familiarize themselves and get comfortable before committing to any of the more advanced features. In all, there are over 45 Technical Trail Features from beginner to expert to keep everyone intrigued.

Riders can further test their skills on The Ridge, an adjacent ridgeline that runs above the doubletrack that weaves through the Sandy Wash trail. Between steep jaunts flirting with double digit grades, and short descents that mixes in 2-4 foot drops/drop-ins, The Ridge provides the more experienced ride with an array of challenges.

If that doesn't appeal to your whole group, riders can stick to the easier Family Line that parallels along. Your party will be able to keep tabs on each other while finding the right challenge on the way back to the trailhead.

From the trailhead, continue east to Sandy Flow. This trail winds back and forth on the south bank of the Salt Creek to complete an almost one-mile loop.

At the start of the singletrack is a historic marker in memoriam for a pioneer child who lost his life. Past the marker, the trail is a bit more open than the nearby Sandy Wash trail on the other side of Salt Creek. Sandy Flow opened in early 2017 and provides a fun route with opportunities for higher speeds, the young nature of the trail will require more wheeled-traffic to bed-in properly.

There are around 30 technical trail features on Sandy Flow including larger berms, progressive jumps, and skinnies. Nearly every feature has a ride-around. Overall, the trail is a bit more difficult than Sandy Wash, but it's still approachable for newer riders. The western end of the loop connects to Jaxon's Loop, which adds about 1/3 of a mile of intermediate/advanced terrain and features (these features don't have ride-arounds).

From the trailhead, return west to the parking lot on 13th and Silver Street.

History & Background

Historic OxBow Pioneer Burial.

Contacts

Local Club: Trails Have Our Respect

May 19, 2019: Omaha Gives!

May 19, 2019: Omaha Gives! Countdown Party

May 19, 2019: Omaha Gives! Social

Land Manager: City of Ashland

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Jan 4, 2019
Jomari Pontillias
Early morning is the best time to ride while the ground is still frozen
Oct 22, 2018
Kody Ullrich
A few branches down but not too terrible. There's bridge construction out on the main road so you have to go a little out of the way to get there
Jul 14, 2018
Ryan Behringer
This progressive trail system has features for all experience levels with rollable jumps, drops with bypasses, and fun tech sections! 8mi
Dec 1, 2017
Marc Rosenholtz
Sep 17, 2017
Cory Sievers

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