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greenBlue West Lake Marion Mountain Bike Trail

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Trail

2.2 mile 3.5 kilometer loop
Singletrack
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 110' 34 m
Descent: -110' -33 m
High: 1,045' 319 m
Low: 999' 304 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 8% (5°)

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Trail shared by James Beal

A network of trails and loops ranging from easy to difficult with advanced sections.

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Overview

Although this trail network is accessible to everyone and very rideable, it hides some highly technical black diamond runs, jumps, and tricks. Perhaps a third of the trails are designated black diamond, and for good reason—particularly at higher speeds and/or when catching air. About half the trail is blue level, fairly easy in nature.

Need to Know

The trails are well marked, and there are many combinations of trail segments and loops with small climbs here and there.

Description

The quick:

A well-built and fun series of trails with many different options for all skill levels. You can spend 20 minutes or an hour and 20 minutes looping around. Your favorite parts will be worth doing multiple times a ride. Since it's connected to the city trails and roads of Lakeville, it's easy to ride up to the trail and then ride in.

The details:

I can't imagine packing more trail into the available space! It's expertly built. Usually, new trails are cut and THEN technical details are added. In this case, there are already many dozens of bermed switchbacks, jumps, bumps, tricks, ride arounds, and even some hairy stuff. Lakeville lacks big hills and cliffs and ledges, but the trail utilizes the landscape beautifully and keeps it interesting.

If you are newer to off road biking, no worries! The Green Loop is smooth but will keep you going up and down. It's not boring!

Technically speaking, there are a number of big-ish jumps and high speed sections. But, this trail doesn't always favor speed. If you are a big-legged quadzilla and like to jam, you'll be surprised by the many tight spots and a few "whoas!" that throw your handlebars at you. There are dozens of smart berms, but many short radius hairpins. BMXers will thrive along with MTBers. It will be a great ride to practice accelerating after turns and tricks. I look forward to learning when to use the brakes on this trail, and trying not to skid.

If you want to spin and put on miles, this may not be your trail. But, if you want to actively ride, pick good lines, use your body's gravity, roll up and down with frequently little hints of air, and re-ride really fun sections, then you'll dig West Lake Marion MTB Trail.

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Sep 12, 2018
Chris Lindemann
Fun 'park style' trail 5.2mi

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  3.8 from 4 votes

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This system is much more than is currently on mtb project. I took a pic of the sign at the TH but it was quickly useless as there is an intersection every 1-2 minutes and none of the signs have trail names. The first 3 minutes of this trail were good, multiple options on trail. At the first intersection this trail fell aprt. Endless annoying flow killing 1 foot rollers, Im talking hundreds of them. Tons of poorly built berms that were super tight and compact/not long enough forcing you to slow down ( the opposite of a berms intent). Way more black diamond than the TH sign showed but then again the TH sign had 3-4 different shades of blue, so maybe some ended up being black? Regardless 99% of it had nothing for obstacles on it, just rollers. The tabletops I saw were steep and the table was short. The obstacles were poorly built. Lets just toss a boulder on the ground, or, lets put 4 boulders in a line but lets put them down at random, ( put down the biggest one in front (no run up), foolowed by the smallest and a couple, medium ones). Lets make a balnce beam out of some cinder blocks. Or near the beginning, a giant uphill rockpile with 3 foot, 1mph drop to flat instead of a downhill launch. Im not sure I rode the whole thing but pretty sure I did, but the whole thing felt so herky jerky and awkward, mostly from the little rollers and berms, and I think it was intended to be a flow trail, which is too bad. This is a pretty new trail with some fresh cuts, so I will continue to come back and ride occassionaly and change my review if things improve. Oct 21, 2018

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