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Maskenthine Loop

Intermediate
 4.4 (15) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A fun, rolling, and twisting trail in an unexpected place.


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6.3

Miles

10.2

KM

100%

Singletrack

1,635' 498 m

High

1,556' 474 m

Low

530' 162 m

Up

530' 162 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

11%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Allowed

Features -none-

Family Friendly Good variety, with ride-arounds for most of the obstacles and several bailouts make this a good course for learning to ride as well. There is also camping, fishing, and swimming at the lake area.

One Way Only: This is designated as a directional trail.

Overview

The trail at Maskenthine is generally considered to be one trail but can be split into two easily as you'll cross the starting point a little over half way. The trail is not flat but the climbs are neither very long nor very steep. There are a few climbs that should get everyones heart rate going.

The trail twists and dives through various tree groves, open meadows, and some fairly unique hedge tunnels that many riders enjoy. At this time, the trail length is around 6.7 miles with new additions going on periodically. The trail is directional and relatively easy to follow; the trail markers indicate the intended direction of travel.

Need to Know

Most of the soil is clayey and does not ride well with significant moisture, so please respect the dirt and only ride when conditions permit. You can consult social media for current conditions.

There is an optional trailhead and parking at the entrance to the area. Cross the road and find the connector then take a right when you meet up with the trail.

Description

The ride begins by crossing the road, going by the big sign on the left, and into the trees. Optional: the north side of the trail can be ridden first by taking a sharp right in front of the sign and following the trail down in the open meadow. Beware there may be some cross traffic from riders finishing up the southern portion of the trail.

As you get into the trees, you'll see a chalkboard/display kiosk on your right. Continue straight through the trees past the trail marker on your left if you're going the mapped way. The trail turns to the right (north) for about 50 yards before a couple twists and a U-turn and then heads to the south.

The trail winds through some trees and up and down a few hills, but heads generally south until it crosses an area near the frisbee golf course. Head back into the trees to the south where you'll find some optional obstacles to the right of the main trail.

Continue on the trail through tree groves where you'll find a couple rock gardens thrown in. After climbing out of these groves, the trail starts to make its way north again via some rolling hills before heading out into an open meadow. It then heads back into the trees and continues uphill towards the starting point.

When you get to the top, things should look familiar as this is where the journey started. Follow the trail to the right out of the trees and then left (north) down the hill in the open meadow. Sweep down this portion and follow the trail as it makes a hard right after it dives down into a creek area with large cottonwood and ash trees. A little ways in you'll see an optional elevated log ride for the daring individuals to ride. The twisty bridge is right after that (very slick when wet) and then the trail winds a little before climbing out into a more exposed area.

This northern area was devastated by a tornado in 2014. Thankfully, some devoted locals have gotten the trail back up and running to near its pre-tornado length though much of the tree coverage has been lost. The trail winds around the open and through some more hedge tunnels before it goes past an optional trailhead/bailout on the right near the vehicle entrance. It keeps winding more out in the open for a bit before it starts heading south again and back into the trees.

Shortly after, it shoots downhill and across the creek before heading uphill again towards the parking lot. This is the most difficult grade on the entire ride. Right before it gets to the top, it turns right and does some more winding in the trees heading part way downhill again before climbing out the last time to the kiosk.

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Jason Tollefson

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  4.4 from 15 votes

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Photos

Beautiful view of the lake
Jun 14, 2018 near Stanton, NE
Off-camber bridge
Aug 15, 2017 near Stanton, NE
Maskenthine Prairie
Aug 15, 2017 near Stanton, NE
View across the bridge. Also able to see the end of the elevated log ride.
Sep 15, 2019 near Stanton, NE
Parking just across the road
Aug 15, 2017 near Stanton, NE
The folks who built this trail did a great job cutting through dense brush and removing all the stumps!
Aug 15, 2017 near Stanton, NE

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Apr 6, 2021
Derek Pelc
Great trail 7.1mi — 0h 50m
Sep 7, 2020
Mike Johnson
Aug 30, 2020
Jacob Fedorchik
Mar 6, 2020
Alexander Flores
Nov 2, 2019
Alexander Flores
Good condition, dry trail just becarful with leaves covering roots of trees and pines in the ground it can make you slide. 6.3mi — 1h 00m
Sep 14, 2019
Eli McCormick
These are the first trails I've ever done. Trails were defined and the technical parts were fun to do. 6.3mi — 3h 30m
May 26, 2019
Levi Prestegard
fun technical trail with some address features thrown in. varies in difficulty. 6.3mi — 1h 30m
Oct 23, 2018
Derek Hays
First time on this trail and pleasantly surprised. Very fun trail, can’t wait to do it again! 6.3mi