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Platte River State Park

 17 votes

Length

5.5 Miles 8.9 Kilometers


90%

Singletrack

Elevation

626' 191 m

Ascent

-627' -191 m

Descent

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

1,187' 362 m

High

1,032' 315 m

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A challenging network of fast flowing singletrack cut into the bluffs above the Platte River.

Phil Niles

Overview

Do not ride the eastern half of the park 9am - 4pm from Memorial Day through October 31st. Horses use the trails at this time. Respect the restrictions.
Platte River State Park is one of the best trail systems in eastern Nebraska. It's a beautiful network of fast flowing singletrack cut into the bluffs above the Platte River. These trails wind themselves up and down the forested bluffs, across open fields at the crest, and rocket down gullies in between.

Need to Know

Park just left and down the hill from the park entrance or just right and up the hill by the observation tower. The map shows the route from the observation tower. It is preferred to start the ride from the lower parking lot that takes you by the little waterfall.

Description

The best route through is to take a left after the park entrance, then your first right into the parking lot. Hop on your bike and start pedalling through the mostly flat section past the waterfall, then up the last trail on the right. This will come to a wider gravel trail that will lead to the observation tower at the top, but take your first left 200 feet or so up this trail and follow it to a doubletrack on the other side of the bluff. This will lead you to the sweet eastern half.

If you're starting at the observation tower, head down the trail from the parking lot to about 3/4 of the way down and look for the right hand turn mentioned above.

The fun will begin after a grunt up the first hill (unless you enjoy hills, then the fun will have already started!) The trail winds down through thick vegetation (and most likely spider webs) and then climbs back up to make a left at the top, leading to an overlook of the Platte River. During the summer, this overlook becomes completely obscured by trees, damn nature! Another climb follows and opens to a meadow at the top.

After the meadow, work your way down to what you rode your ass up here to do. The first trip down is a blast! Quick drops coupled with fast ups with roots and random logs to contend with, not to mention the stray deer or two. Once the trail reaches the bottom, it climbs back up with an optional rocky mini-loop. The rocks are not too difficult to negotiate (says the guy that has walked them more than once), but add more variety to an already diverse trail.

At the top of the last climb, it's time for the Gully. Fun, fun, fun!! The Gully winds its way in splendid fashion down a gully (imagine that) throwing rollercoaster dips and dives, sandy washouts, rooty climbs, and rocky playgrounds. The rest of the ride back to the car is a good cool down and playing in the waterfall wouldn't hurt!

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Sep 9, 2017
Jeff Andrews
Aug 19, 2017
kevin fox
Good ride.
Jul 30, 2017
Willy Hernandes
Jul 22, 2017
Willy Hernandes
Jun 30, 2017
Steve Bachtel
Surprisingly good loop. Flowy up and down. Watch the gps. Final descent is a river wash with some downed trees. Impressed 2 guys from CO. 6mi
May 6, 2017
Leo Huse
Jul 14, 2016
Joey Niner
Sep 20, 2015
Kenny Davis
Fun little trail if you are in the area. Lots of up and down and technical stuff. Lots of roots to drop off of and negotiate. Not a beginner trail. 7.8mi — 2h 13m

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  3.6 from 17 votes

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  3.6 from 17 votes
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Not one of my favorite trail systems in the Omaha area. It's OK, but poorly marked and maintained, heavily trafficked by pedestrians, equestrians, etc. It has a lot of unrealized potential. Oct 1, 2017
Saddened by the lack of leadership in these trails. Nebraska has much of the same with almost all trail systems. When you finally get a chance to put something good together, it's left in disarray. The proprietary knowledge required to navigate this trail seems to cater to those who know the trail, as the lack of signage makes it a requirement to use MTBProject or GPS Oct 27, 2017
The trail is OK at best, but hoping someone does something different out here to unleash the potential the land presents. Oct 27, 2017

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