Owen-Putnam State Forest Trails - TRAIL

Owen-Putnam State Forest Trails - Trail, Cuba, Indiana

Aprox. 6-mile loop with mix of double and singletrack. Big elevation changes with some long downhill runs. Can ride in either direction.

User Reviews (7)

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Altad Jeepsta   Weekend Warrior [Sep 07, 2015]

In Aug 2015 the trail is as lousy as ever. Now besides big mucked up horse hoof mires, the log road taking a large portion of the trail, is covered in big rip rap. Horrible riding for bicyclist or by horse. AVOID.

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Lliam   Cross Country Rider [May 26, 2014]

Memorial Day 2014, the trails are still as described by others. Only a bureaucrat could come up with the combination if horse and bike trail in a humid environment. Unless there has been a month of no precipitation, don't bother to ride this horse bog.

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Doug Roberts   Weekend Warrior [Sep 21, 2011]

I started out riding this trail on September 18, 2011, while camping at McCormick's Creek State Park. I went about 1.6 mile before turning back because it just isn't ridable for all the horse hoove postholes, mud, and slopes where horses have slid up/down slope, making it very difficult to gain traction whether climbing or descending. Yeah, if a lot more of us rode this trail, it would create smooth single track, but this trail is heavily used by horse riders and they'd be riding in the same single track that we're trying to create.

I've ridden a lot of 'multi-use' trails in both state and national forests and I have found that, as a rule, mountain bikes and horse use just don't mix. I understand that these public agencies want to engage all types of trail users, but horses just make it impossible for there to be smooth single track. Don't get me wrong: this trail is in a lovely area and I am sure that horse riders love it. And God bless 'em. But I certainly won't waste my time again as a mountain biker trying to ride this trail.

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sam miller   Weekend Warrior [Nov 18, 2009]

FYI. This is a HORSE TRAIL!!! It starts and finishes at the HORSEMAN'S CAMPGROUND!! Quit whinning about the horse's. You should feel lucky that you get to ride there at all. There are plenty of bike and foot trails all over the country that are not accessible to the horse community. Go ride there and enjoy, but leave us horse people alone.

Customer Service

Stay home.

Similar Products Used: The middle of US 46 at dusk.
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5
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baconswch   Cross Country Rider [Nov 07, 2008]

I agree that this trail has a ton of potential. The climbs are tough and the downhills awesome. Only thing is...you must ride it when dry. Don't try it after a big rain.

Customer Service

Clockwise

Similar Products Used: Linton
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4
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tk   Cross Country Rider [Nov 06, 2008]

I agree that this trail has a lot of potential. It's just important that you ride it when it's relatively dry. I rode it yesterday and it was great. The climbs are challenging and the downhills are fast.
This is a great trail.

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4
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jblakegriffin   Weekend Warrior [Sep 23, 2008]

This trail has a lot of potitial. I went about three weeks ago and it was a tough ride. There had been a little rain in that week but not to much. There were some wet spots but easy to avoid. I think I may have taken the trail clockwise. I think it would have been better taking the trail counter clockwise.

This trail is also used for horseback riding. That can be a pain when on a bike. There were a few ruts that the hourses had created. With the route I took it looked like they had just harvested some trees or something. I don't really know what was going on. It didn't look healthy for the State Forest...

Good workout. Lots of elevation change and was as fast and flowing as it could have been. There are many climbs and lots of fast down hills. If your not climbing up the hills your coasting down. Don't break the trail speed limit of 15 mph....yeh right...

Customer Service

I would take the trail counter clockwise.

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superfudge1   Cross Country Rider [Oct 15, 2005]

Due to the negative feedback this trail has received, I feel compelled to stand up for the horse trodden gem that has loads of potential. Granted it is a multi-use trail so mud holes are common and can interfere with the level of enjoyment on this ride, however after a few dry weeks this is one of the best rides in Indiana. I should have prefaced my opinion with the fact that I am from PA, argueably the best x-country riding in the country. And I have sampled many of the trails in the Hoosier state including, Youngs Creek, Knobstone, Brown County State Park, Plummers and Fitters, France Park, Kickapoo(Illinois) and Birdseye. All good rides but sans personality. Now if it has rained in the past week, trust me, I drive as far from Owen-Putnam as possible. But man, when its dry, this trail can be so fun and challenging. Portaging around a few mud holes hardly overshadowes the technical terrain, ten climbs and the ten rewarding downhills. Not to mention the beautiful soft and hardwood forest the trail winds through. Say what you will about the ol' gal but I feel with a little attention this trail could be great. Try it out on a dry day, you'll still get your bike muddy, but com'on that's part of the sport. Mabey with the help of DNR this trail could be resurrected. Final note, pushing your bike up the hills an riding down the hills is not mountain biking, its sled riding. Rock On.

Customer Service

Counter clockwise, Its easy to miss the first hard right hand turn on the trail that will make this 12 mile ride only 6. So keep your eyes peeled.

Similar Products Used: Knobstone
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4
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4
goodman_r   Cross Country Rider [May 20, 2005]

This is "last resort" trail for mountain bike riding in this area. It is primarily a horse trail and is heavily used as such. I've run on this trail many times and ridden it twice. It has never been dry and is very mucked up by the horses. There are a few sections of good downhill riding, but overall it is very slow going due to the endless mud bogs.

Customer Service

Counter-clockwise loop. Horses spook easily, so walk your bike near them.

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2
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Larry   [Nov 20, 2002]

I rode this trail in mid-Nov. so there were probably some freeze-thaw issues, but I found large segments of this loop to be unrideable at this time of the year despite the fact that there wasnt rain for about five days prior to my ride. The main problem here is the numerous horse bogs (and boy do they stink). Nearly every creek entry and exit is rutted up so bad from horse hooves that you have to shoulder your bike.

That being said, Id have to say this trail has the potential at least to be one of the best in Indiana. Its only an hour out of Indy. For westsiders this is as close as Town Run. Some of the downhill runs are long and a real blast (think Wapahani downhills, but four and five times as long). And there is some true elevation here. The uphills are challenging, but not too demanding for intermediate and above riders. If enough riders could ride the trail to run it in it would be awesome. Ive heard this trail is much more rideable in the summer months, but I would not recommend in the late fall, winter or spring.

Ill try to ride on the trails next summer and make an updated report. I can only give this trail two chilies in its present condition, but it could easily be made into a four if the trail was more hard packed overall.

Customer Service

Trail starts right out of the small gravel parking lot.

Similar Products Used: Wapahani, Avon
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