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.
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.
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.
Shared By: Jason Tollefson