Morshes Park Trail (Blue River Trail) - TRAIL

Morshes Park Trail (Blue River Trail) - Trail, Columbia City, Indiana

Extremly good trail really technical props go out to the guys who put this one togeater.

User Reviews (11)

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knipdm01   Weekend Warrior [Sep 28, 2010]

Heard rumors this trail isn't being maintained.....not true! Its a great trail as good as Franke Park. The North side is a blast lots of short hill climbs and fast corners. Very fluid single track. 7-10 miles

www.columbiacityparks.us/Adobe%20files/bigger%20catalog%2009.pdf

page 31 has the trail map. Don't pass this local trail up. Find out who maintains it and help volunteer to keep going.

Customer Service

North trails are a blast.

Similar Products Used: Franke, Winona, Potato Creek, Rum Village.
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3
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3
neotym   Cross Country Rider [Oct 13, 2008]

This is a follow-up to my first review... and it only gets better. Since early summer the guys who maintain this trail have been hard at work. The trail has had new features added including a couple of huge berms and some improved log roll-overs! The back section and the trail overall has been cleared of most of the overgrowth yet maintains it's woodsy feel.
This trail continues to be one of the best rides in Northwest Indiana!

Customer Service

All of it!

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4
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4
neotym   Cross Country Rider [Aug 23, 2008]

This trail is a blast! While I think the trails current rating is pretty accurate, it's only because of poor signage on the North section and a lack of trail upkeep on that same section. With some brush trimming and a little trail grooming this would be a standout trail.
The South section has some really fun jumps and the North section adds a very technical off-camber trail piece thats quite challenging. For anyone who has ridden Franke Park in Fort Wayne and Winona Lake trails in Warsaw, this trail fits in the middle all but a bit more twisty turny version of them. Well worth a ride!

Customer Service

Ride both sections but come back to the South section for one more time through the multiple jump hits... a blast.

Similar Products Used: Winona Lake trails in Warsaw, IN.
Roush Lake at the Huntinton, IN reservoir.
Franke Park trails in Fort Wayne, IN.
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4
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3
twistyrider   Weekend Warrior [Jan 28, 2006]

This trail has grown in length to 7+ miles now. The trailhead is now located at the tennis courts near the park entrance. It starts and ends ther as well. The south side of the park has 3.5 or so miles. There are a few short steep climbs to get your heartrate going along with a little off camber fun. The north side of the park (after you go under US 30) has 3.5 miles with another 1-2 miles to be added this year. The north side trail requires a bit more skill as there are some really tight turns and a pretty risky but fun technical section. This trail has a lot of turns and is pretty tight so the faster you go the more accurate you need to be.

Customer Service

All routes are good. This trail has something for everyone. Follow this link to the Columbia City parks site to view the trailmap. http://www.columbiacityparks.us/BLUE%20RIVER%20TRAIL300.pdf If that doesn't work then try: http://www.columbiacityparks.us/ and click map of walkway and trails.

Similar Products Used: Winona Lake (boys club) Huntington Reservoir Franke park (ft wayne)
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4
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3
Like2Byte   Cross Country Rider [Sep 17, 2005]

If you don't know how to make turns at high speed, yet, riding this trail will whip you into shape fast. This is probably the windi-est trail I've ever ridden. The trail is definately longer than the 3 miles described above - it's been lengthened to about 6 miles now. There are four "advanced" trails that shoot off from the main trail - but I use the word "advanced" liberally. This trail is a VERY easy trail if you're not moving too fast. If you pick up the pace you'll be hard-pressed to make all the tight turns you'll find along the way. There really isn't anything technical about the place with one or two exceptions - there are two short, steep climbs and one steep downhill. There is a caution sign at that location so you won't be surprised. Before I forget, it seems this trail is relatively new; therefore, there are lots of "rollers" on the trail so beware! roller - a small log or twig sitting length-wise along the trail awaiting your tire to ride on top of it to throw you sideways. Think "Throw-rug for bicycles."

Customer Service

Pretty simple, really - it's a blue trail with three red zones and one yellow zone - Start to finish.

Similar Products Used: Frankie park, Winnona Lake
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4
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4
steve   Weekend Warrior [Sep 19, 2003]

thers is no doubt in my mind that this trail was secretly built by the local doctors, hospitals, and bike shops. it is just too good for thier business. i ride the trail weekly because it is close to work. but 75% of the time i leave with damage to my bike and/or body. i have fixed countless flats, and even recieved stitches in my knee due to this course. why do i go back? i have no idea. either i will kill it or it will kill me! BRING BUG STUFF! or be eaten alive the second you stop. the back half of the course is short (2.5 miles that you can ride in 20 minutes easy) but is very technical and TIGHT with some good climbs. NO ROOM FOR ERROR HERE! if you dont know what you are doing you WILL bite it! and i have NEVER seen such a concetration of thorn and thistle bushes on one trail. wear long sleeve if you dont like your forearms getting all cut up! front part of the trail (by the tennis courts) is more open, faster, and easier. some cool little wooden bridges and such. nice trail if you want to ride alone and dont have a whole afternoon.

Customer Service

harder part of trail is at the back of Morsches Park just North of the us30 overpass. easier trail at the front of the park near the tennis courts. you may want to ask a local for directions to the local hospital before you get started...just to be safe.

Similar Products Used: huntington (long), boys club (the best), franke park (the worst).
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4
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3
TAR   Weekend Warrior [Jul 21, 2003]

Even though I have lived in Columbia City for years, I never knew this incredible singletrack existed until this past week! It's truly a blast -- I can't believe that I live in as bike-unfriendly a state as Indiana and yet I have a primo MTB trail system right here in my own small town. The trails are obviously well maintained and were well designed, clearly by someone who knows what they are doing. The trails I have tried (there are many options) are technical enough to be fun, but not so technical that they're impossible. I'm probably on the border of beginner/intermediate in skill level, and I was able to thoroughly enjoy this trail system. I did have to hike a bike and daub a few times, but a more experienced rider probably would rarely have to leave the saddle. There are dips, roots, switchbacks galore, raspberry bushes, and narrow passes between trees that give about an inch clearance on either side of your handlebars. You can spend the entire time in the woods, so even on hot days it's comfortable. It was 90 degrees when I rode it today and had no problems (drank lots of water, though, of course). The trails that remain down in the flat low parts of the woods are great for speed, despite their narrowness and occasional small gully crossings. Climb the ridge for more technical riding. There are a few blazes to mark the trail, but the trails are so well-worn they're not really necessary. I have noticed one weatherbeaten sign on one tree warning that a particular trail was technical, but otherwise there are no signs (that I've discovered thus far). Because the path is narrow, be watchful for other traffic, though I have yet to meet anyone on this gem of a trail -- one of northeast Indiana's best kept secrets. Many many thanks to the people who built, maintain, and allow this trail system. My one request would be to somehow make maps available. One can keep his bearings in some areas by listening for the traffic on US 30, or by peering through the trees in the direction of the main part of the park, but most of the ridge trail is in woods dense enough that it's difficult to get your bearings. However, that's no reason not to ride here -- just plan on getting a little lost. And have a blast!

Customer Service

Recommended route: At the start of the wood chip trail just on the north side of US 30, ride up the hill and be sure to take a few moments to hit the figure-eight singletrack that loops through the small patch of woods. Then return to the wood chip trail and proceed east down the hill, through the field, and back in to the woods. At the base of a steep climb, turn left...and enjoy. A couple hundred feet in is a cross trail that goes up a steep hill to the right (it's about a 40 foot climb, according to the topo). Take this, and follow the singletrack as it loops, curves, dives, rises, and switchbacks madly along a ridge before descending back down towards the Blue River, eventually emptying out in the far north tip of the park. When the singletrack empties into a grassy roadbed, turn left to return to the main part of the park.

Similar Products Used: Boys Club, Warsaw, IN
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4
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4
Stickyicky*Bud   [Oct 28, 2001]

This is a very fun trail NOT for begginers. All you Ft.Wayne riders should really check this trail out. Thers more trails to come this Fall in the woods by the baseball fields so keep checking back.

Customer Service

Start in the small pach of woods by the highway and after you come out of there just keep going staight into the next woods

Similar Products Used: Warsaw=Syracuse=Ft.Wayne
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4
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Nick Hancock   [Jan 11, 2002]

Many thanks to the local Columbia City Parks department for encouraging the development of this trail. Dan and Mark (local mountain bikers) have invested a lot of time designing and building this trail network. Currently the network consists of two un-connected trails. One starts at the tennis court parking lot and, when it done, will be about 3 miles long. It's expected to be done sometime this year and will probabbly be connected to the "North" trail via a park road. The other tral is on the North side of the US30 underpass and is about 3 miles long. The "North" trail is very technical and has some nicely crafted ramps and drops including one named "Big-G". When these trails are "broken in" they will be a great training ground for developing your technical skills.

Customer Service

As you enter the park you will see tennis courts on your immediate right. The latest trail, which isn't 100% complete, starts and ends at this parking lot. If you DON'T ride the tennis court trail then drive further into the park, past the softball diamonds and under the dual-lane overpass (US30). You will see a small patch of "woods on a hill" on your right and a grassy field for parking. Park in the grass next to the "woods on a hill" and look for the trail entrance. This is a short section of trail that dumps out into the grassy field and takes you to the large woods section where there are about 3 miles of trail. Warning: All of the direction signs aren't installed, so follow the most worn path when necessary.

Similar Products Used: Winona Lake "Boys Club" (8+ miles). Franke park (Fort Wayne, 5.3 miles). Huntington Reservoir (11.7 miles)
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3
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Steve Eckardt   [Jan 22, 2002]

This is a really impressive effort to build a new trail in a relatively short period of time. It is mostly winding singletrack, with several short but steep "power climbs" and descents. There are also a few log crossings, ramps and bermed corners scattered throughout. These are all constructed very well. There is one drop-in that looks like it goes almost straight down (the big-G?). You'll have to ride it because it looks like it would be impossible to walk it. The guys building this trail are doing it right; they even have thought about erosion control on the hillside sections. I expected this to be kind of a "home-built" trail, but was pleasantly surprised at how well thought-out it is and the level of technical skill it demands in certain places. You could call it a mini-Warsaw/Winona Lake trail. There are a lot of similarities between the two, but this trail is a bit tighter and shorter in length and you won't see the high speed as much. This is a good alternative to Franke Park.

Customer Service

Follow the directions on the previous review (Nick Hancock)

Similar Products Used: Frank Park - Warsaw/Winona Lake - Huntington Reservoir
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4
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