Ford County Lake Trail
ElevationAscent: 137' 42 m
Descent: -144' -44 m
High: 2,483' 757 m
Low: 2,455' 748 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (0°)
Max Grade: 3% (2°)
“Great singletrack in an unlikely spot in Kansas.”— Andy Cramb
Family Friendly Not a difficult trail, children would have a great time here. Might be a little long for some kids, they need to be 10-12 to enjoy the distance.
As you start the ride, the first two miles wind around in the trees, but mostly gives you an opportunity to warm up before getting into the trees. Around mile three, you start riding through the old growth cottonwoods and surrounding trees that provide plenty of protection from the wind to make a cold day seem warm. The singletrack in this area is tight and twisty, just the way they like it. You'll definitely get to practice your flat-turn cornering skills here.
Once you cross the second bridge, you'll enter the area they call Billy's Playground, which is almost one mile of trail in a seven acre plot. This area utilizes many six-foot climbs and descents that will keep your heart pumping as you try to keep up with their fastest riders.
The trail used to continue on the east side of the lake, but as of 1-17-2020, three miles of east-side trails have been abandoned. A portion of the seven miles they have are ridden twice to create a ten-mile trail for their *every* Sunday at 2pm ride.
The soil is extremely organic and holds moisture for some time, but didn't rut. The locals don't seem to mind a little mud and surprisingly we weren't damaging the trail as it was only a little wet.
After years of fighting poison ivy, ticks and snakes in the summer, they have decided to make this a winter-only trail. 23 years since their start, their core group of less than ten individuals are still using the trails every week, all winter long. Be sure to check out their Facebook community, Ford County Lake Trails, and let them know when you're coming out. They would love to meet you and show you around!
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