Behind K-Mart Trail - Trail, West Palm Beach, Florida

Behind K-Mart Trail - Trail, West Palm Beach, Florida

DESCRIPTION

Seemingly endless series of trails that will fit the needs of any level of rider. Trails are poorly, if at all, marked but are diverse enough and somehow connected that you get a good workout and make your way back to the beginning. Lots of trails cut through paper-tree forest as well as root-packed hills technical enough to bust your butt. Area also has plenty of open trails for the beginner not quite ready for the rough stuff.

USER REVIEWS

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[Nov 26, 2003]
Meideprac
Cross Country Rider

trail no longer exists

Customer Service

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Johnathan Dickenson State Park, Hobe Sound

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1
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1
[Jan 10, 1999]
Greg Tayon

I am a long time road rider that went mountain bike riding for the first time about two months ago at Oleta Park in N.Miami. I borrowed a friends Gary Fisher Joshua without clipless pedals and found Oleta to be very difficult for a beginner. After that ride I was hooked on mountain bike riding and bought a Klein Mantra Race and heard about the K-Mart trail from local riders. I have ridden the trail 4 times in the last week and absolutely love it. It is what I envisioned Florida trail riding to be. The trail is big enough and unpopular enough (no fault of the trails) to allow someone, like myself, the room and diversity to practice his/her skills while providing enough challenges not to get bored. The trail has some great cuts through paper-tree forest that are both curvy and very tight in spots. The trail also has endless trail options. You can easily get into an opening and have 5 or 6 trail options in front of you. There are also some technical climbs up small but rooty hills that have left me with some nice bruises and bumps. You can find any kind of riding you want including mud, rocks, small hills, forest trails, open trails, etc. I am not an experienced enough rider to claim that it is the most technically challenging trail but for an athletic beginner, it is a great ride.

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5
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[Jan 20, 1999]
James Burke

This is a fast, fun, extremely well-designed trail system. Unfortunately, it's also a trail system that has about six months to live.

Located on about 30 acres of land in West Palm Beach, this trail (often refered to as the K-Mart Loop/Trail or Southern Trail) features about eight miles of well-maintained singletrack. While largely non-technical, this loop offers enough twists, turns, terrain changes and suprises to entertain riders of all abilities.

The trail is really divided into two loops:one large loop that borders the outside edge of the lot, and a second series of technical trails, swampy ponds, and rooty hill climbs near the lot's center.

Finding the first loop can be difficult, with only two small dots of spray paint on a pair of trees to mark the start. Once you find the trailhead, though, this crude system of trail marking is consistent and surprisingly effective; I rarely lost the trail.

The outside loop is terrific -- long, fast and fun. It starts through a moderately technical section of small hills and Austrailan pine before turning west into a section of tall, narrow, root-bound hiils.

While the trail is mostly non-technical, the few technical sections are ballbusters. The hills are steep, tall, very narrow and smothered in dense, slippery roots. They can be ridden, but it ain't easy, man. If you're not up to the challenge, a mild trail runs along the base of the hills.

From here, the trail turns south and follows a canal before cutting back into a dense wood. This is where things get interesting. The trail carves seemlessly through several distinct terrains: sandy slash pines and palmettos, dense, huge meleleucas (paper trees) and swampy cypress and cabbage palm bog. It's probably the most diverse trail I've come across in South Florida, and it makes for some bizarre landscapes: at one point, the trail snakes through a very unusual wood of burnt pine, meleleuca, and palms. It's dark, dense, and the strange black and white contrast of the burnt trees make it one of the spookiest trails I've seen. Weird, really weird.

Anyway, the trail itself is flat and fast as hell. It gets very tight and twisty at times, sandy in places, and occasionally catches you off-guard with a huge log obstacle, a mud pit or a small hill, but by-and-large, you can haul ass on this thing. It's a blast and a great training loop for XC racers.

The trails in the center are fun, too. There are several hills that will give anyone a hard time, believe me. They may connect to the other loop somehow, but I've never been able to make it work.

Sadly, the lot into which the trails have been cut was recently sold to a developer. Luckily, some zoning problem has given the trails a six-month reprieve, but the word is by July/August 1999, this place will be a memory, replaced with--surprise!--another strip mall. Enjoy it while you can.

Customer Service

Enter the trail on the extreme southwest corner of the lot, almost directly behind the K-Mart garden center. From there, ride the doubletrack north about 100 yards. Look to your right for two day-glo dots spraypainted on the trees. Follow the trail counterclockwise around the lot, looking for the dots along the way. About 5-6 miles. Also more trails/technical hillclimbs in the center of the lot, near the ponds.

Similar Products Used:

Quiet Waters

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5
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[Feb 03, 1999]
BillT

After hearing so much about the trail, I finally decided to head up to W. Palm to ride it. I must say, that I had a great time there. I was a bit confused as to exactly where the trail went, but, ultimately, does it matter when you're having fun?

This is a great trail that has a wide variety of terrain from hard pack to rooty to very rooty to tight and twisty through a great wooded section. I would compare K-Mart to the woods section at Markham (but MUCH longer than Markham) and the first and last sections at Quiet Waters (roots and ridges, but again much longer, higher, and challanging than Quiet Waters).

All in all, I had a great time riding there and would highly recommend this trail to anyone in the S. FL area.

I'll give a 5 on the S. FL rating scale (it would only be a 4 if had to compare it to Ocala's Hardrock).

Customer Service

One note on the directions to the trail - you head SOUTH on 441 when get off from the Turnpike onto Okeechobee (you actually can't go north as 441 ends at Okeechobee).

Similar Products Used:

Quiet Waters, Markham Park, Oleta River

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5
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[Mar 24, 1999]
TC...

I MADE THE ONE HOUR TRIP TO K-MART FROM MIAMI BASED ON THE REVIEWS THAT I READ HERE, WHAT A MISTAKE! I GUESS IF YOU LIVE WITHIN A FEW MILES OF THIS PLACE YOU CAN CONSIDER IT A GREAT LOCAL TRAIL, BUT DON'T BE CONFUSED! IT'S NOT A PLACE YOU WOULD WANT TO PLAN A DAY'S OUTING OR ROAD TRIP TO. THIS IS NOT AN "EPIC" RIDE! I WAS VERY MISLEAD BY THE REVIEWS!

Customer Service

I-75 OR 595 TO SAWGRASS, HEAD NORTH ON SAWGRASS TO TURNPIKE, STOP, DO NOT GO ON THE TURNPIKE, CONTINUE THRU THE TOLL PLAZA AND FOLLOW DIRECTIONS TO QUIET WATERS, DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME OR GASS GOING TO K-MART!

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IN DADE: OLETA! THEN AMELIA, IF IT'S CLEANED UP, THE NEW SECTIONS BUILT FOR THE RACE ARE GOOD. IN BROWARD: MARKHAM OR QUIET WATERS.

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2
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[Apr 21, 1999]
Dean

I used to ride this trail almost every night, even in thunderstorms. It's where I started riding off road. I was a road biker for 10 years. Now I have moved on to the best trails in the counrty.

The trail behind KMart is better when you get to know the trail (and don't get lost) and you race your time. If you ride it fast it can be as tecnical and fun as any good trail in the mountians with out the serious downhills, but you don't have to climb either. After perfecting this trail you can ride anything in the country. For south east Florida I rate it 5, overall country about 3.5.

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4
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[Jul 09, 1999]
Pat

When we go to Palm Beach we always include K-Mart. It is such a great place. It takes a few times to get used to the trail (it is not well marked). Love riding over those pine needles!! The section along the ridge on the north side is VERY technical. The roots are killers. If you fall here you definitely will pay the price. Many sections are fast and smooth. The trail winds through a grove of paper trees. It is very tight and well test your steering skills. The final climb and drop near the end will tighten your crotch!! Especially if you chose the drop on the left ( a step-drop that makes you feel out of control.

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4
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[Aug 05, 1999]
Mike Lassiter

Been riding this one for a few months. If you have the opportunity to go with someone who knows the trail...Do it ! You really gotta pay attention or you miss alot of cool spots . I was fortunate to hook up with someone who showed me the way . The center area is the most fun . It's challenging enuff to keep you working . It's about 15mi. if you follow the right trail to the end . P.S.... Leave the old lady in the large green "pup-tent" alone ! Happy trails ( no pun intended ) .

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4
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[Aug 26, 1999]
Greg Tayon

I am the person who initially posted this trail. I made that posting after riding for only a couple of months. I am re-reviewing this trail because I have a lot more experience and still thinks its a great ride. First, I recommend hooking up with someone who really knows the trail. I rode the trail for a few months before I finally learned the entire loop. Once I learned the loop, I realized that K-Mart is great. I have ridden Oleta, Markham, Dyer Park, another trail north of K-Mart that I won't mention by name because those guys up there don't want me too, Quiet Waters, etc. I have to admit that I haven't been up to Hard Rock or Santos but hey. Anyway, after riding all of those places I still think K-Mart ranks right up there with the best of them. I think Markham is fun but no one trail is long enough to offer a continued challenge. K-Mart, however, is a little over 9 miles of one loop and countless miles if you go off the loop and just ride. K-Mart's wood section is a lot tighter, longer and more technical than Markham. It also has some ridges that will hurt you even if you are a good rider. Also, K-Mart is almost entirely shaded which makes it one of the most comfortable places to ride even in the middle of the afternoon. The only problem with K-Mart is its life expectancy. There have been rumors for years that K-Mart is going but you can see from the development in the area that its time is near. I heard that a petition has been circulated to make it a state park but who knows. Therefore, for all of you out there that really want a great ride on a trail that might not be around for long, e-mail me and I will ride it with you on any weekend or MWF of almost any week. Again, ride it while you can to experience a trail that is 12 years old but might not make it to 13.

Similar Products Used:

Dyer Park, Cholee, Quiet Waters

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4
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[Oct 04, 1999]
JOHN K

BEST TRAIL IN COUNTRY! IT HAS EVERY STILE OF MOUNTAIN BIKING AVAILABLE. TECHNICAL,ROCKS,RUTS, BUMPS, LOGS,SAND, FLAT SAND, SAND PITS,SINGLE TRACK(TREES AS WIDE AS YOUR SHOULDERS TO WEAVE THROUGH),BERMS COVERED WITH NOTHING BUT ROOTS(VERY SLIPPERY WHEN WET),WHOPSIE DO'S(10 FEET DEEP),100DEGREE HEAT+ MOST OF THE YEAR(EVEN IN THE THE MORNING HOURS) YOU WILL SWEAT YOUR ASS OFF,TREES COVER MOST OF THE COURSE BUT STILL HOTTER THAN HELL(YOU WILL USE A FULL CAMELBACK FOR 10 MILE LOOP). I DOUGHT MOST PEOPLE WILL HAVE THE BALLS TO RUN THIS COURSE BUT ONCE. IT IS THE MOST FUN IN THE WHOLE WORLD AND I STRONGLY THINK ANYONE SHOULD TRY IT ONCE. YOUR FIRST TRIP BLOODY KNEES/ANKLES ARE VERY COMMON. SHOULDNT USE CLIPLESS PEDALS FIRST TRIP FOR THAT VERY REASON. GOOD LUCK!

Customer Service

FOLLOW RED MARKS ON TREES OR IF YOU WILL GET LOST(VERY EASILY) LOOK FOR AIRPLANES THEY ALWAYS LAND EAST TO FIND YOUR WAY OUT.

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ANY TRAIL RIDE, RIDE,RIDE,RIDE!

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5
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