Platte River State Park
ElevationAscent: 626' 191 m
Descent: -627' -191 m
High: 1,187' 362 m
Low: 1,032' 315 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)
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“A challenging network of fast flowing singletrack cut into the bluffs above the Platte River.”— Phil Niles
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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