Chicken Noodle - Trail, LaPorte, Indiana

Chicken Noodle - Trail, LaPorte, Indiana

DESCRIPTION

Wooded Singletrack

USER REVIEWS

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[May 03, 2013]
STACKBARREL
Weekend Warrior

Work has been done on this trail to make it "official". It is now called Soldiers Memorial Park Mountain Bike Trail. The following is from La Porte parks: "The Office of the Mayor and the Park and Recreation Department are proud to announce the unveiling of the Soldiers Memorial Park Mountain Bike Trail on Wednesday October 10th at 2:00 pm at the new trail head sign. The trailhead sign is located on the North Side of Lakeshore Drive 300 Feet from the intersection of Orchard Ave and Lakeshore Drive in La Porte. The Mountain Bike trail has been installed and maintained by volunteers for more than 10 years. The new sign and trail markings were installed this summer to better serve the community and the bikers and hikers that use the trail. The community is invited out to see the trail and the new trail signage.
If you have any questions please contact Park Superintendent Brian
Niksch at 219.326.9600 ext 104 or bniksch@cityoflaporte.com." They did a pretty good job.

Customer Service

I was skeptical because I couldn't find any real info it. I was pleasantly surprised. Tight and twisty, fairly smooth single track. A few places to get a little air. Trail appears to dry quickly. Imagination Glen had some muddy spots and "The Basement" area was still flooded the day I tried this trail and it was completely dry.
The trails across the street from the parking area / map kiosk appear to get more use and maintenance. There are signs, but there are still some spots that "T" or "Y" where I wasn't sure which way to go. I understand though: Signs take $.
The parking lot side doesn't look to get as much use. Some of the trail's in a little rougher condition, however, it has more hills if you want some "goat trail" climbing. There is a large hill/ridge towards the back that looked to me like the biggest one I've ridden in the local NW Indiana area.
This trail is definitely worth checking out and pretty typical of what's available around the area. I'll be going back.

Similar Products Used:

Imagination Glen ("home" trail), Rum Village, Bendix Woods, Winona Lake, TK Lawless (Michigan).

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4
VALUE
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3
[Aug 11, 2007]
Madmtnbiker
Weekend Warrior

What this trail need is a good group of camitted riders to spened some time clearing up and marking this trail. 5 miles don't know where we came out from Portage and was disapointed.
Bluam is close and better .I guess if you live close its ok ?
Better than nothing.

Similar Products Used:

Outback Trail { home base for me} Rum village {cool}
TK Lawless {realy cool}
And the new Potatoe Creek nice.

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1
VALUE
RATING
1
[Jun 17, 2007]
Syris
Racer

i live in laporte and dont have a lot of money to travel so i ride where i can. i dont know where all these kool jumps and rails are your talkin about theres not much there but a couple of ok downhill sections if you can call them that i wouldnt drive here just to ride them there just a good local ride. i can ride all the trails with a 20 redline bmx race bike infact i did that eveyday for months to get back into shap for racing

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2
VALUE
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2
[Aug 14, 2006]
J/O
Cross Country Rider

This trail has a good chance of being ? But it needs some work the arrows that somebody put up really helped!! I am one of the persons that put the OUTBACK TRAL together!!
The people that are trying to maintain this tral need to get some better signage and make a TRAIL HEAD ? No where to start and no where to finish.
This trail could be something but needs workers??
Not close to the 6 miles that saomebody was saying.

Similar Products Used:

OutBack Trail In Portage > Bluem County > NOT RED MILL

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2
VALUE
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1
[Sep 11, 2005]
joshmann
Cross Country Rider

If you have not ridden this trail in a couple of years you are realy missing out. There are over 5 mi of trail on the ball diamond side and over a mile on the lake side, starting in Link Park. The trail has jumps, bridges, a log rail, a pvc pipe bridge, some short hard climbs and a lot of fast riding. This trail is one of the more fun trails in the area and hopefully will soon be recognized by the City of LaPorte. That is the reason for the one draw back, the lack of good trail markings, but this should not prevent you from trying this trail. Just follow the flow and it will all make sense. As far as being maintained. The tail gets cleaned off at least twice a season, all down trees are cleaned up with a week and the trail even gets cleared of leaves every year around November for an anual Thanksgiving ride. Yeah the trail is not perfect but if more people know about the tail and it sees more traffic then I am sure this problem would be eleviated. Just go out and give it a try.

Customer Service

Find Lake Shor Dr in Soldiers Memorial Park and follow it until you notice Lyons Field. You can park here or go a little further to Link Park. Here there is running water and picnick shelter. Cross the roakd and go to the left.

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5
VALUE
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4
[Jan 16, 2004]
cleanslate
Weekend Warrior

This trail is ok for occasional use, the main problem with this trail is the markings suck. It is very hard to follow this trail, there are so many different legs coming and going every where you can go in circles. This trail is not very well taken care of either. But it is something, I guess. Go to Bluhm or Rum Village.

Similar Products Used:

BLuhm, Rum Village, or Imagination GLen.

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2
VALUE
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2
[Nov 04, 2002]
Dan S

I grew up in the area and some of these trails have been around for years. I don't think that they are "officially" open to bikes but I rode them 20 years ago on my BMX bike and have always seen bicycles on these trails -- if nothing else, they should be open by some type of grandfather clause.

I believe these trails are within the property of Soldiers Memorial Park which surrounds Stone Lake. If memory serves correct, the name "Chicken Noodle" refers to the large sandy, open area where a number of people used to 4X4 in their Jeeps and trucks (maybe they still do). However, the trails surrounding the area are mostly single track. Lots of switchbacks. There are no major drops or climbs but there are several short drops followed by climbs that will have you banging through the gears. Most of the trails are hardpack. A couple of the "lower" sections get pretty muddy if there has been much rain. The original post says the trails total 4 miles in length -- never measured them but that is probably in the ballpark (maybe a little optimistic). A fun trail if you are in the area but I wouldn't drive for hours to get to it.

Customer Service

From downtown LaPorte, take Lincolnway (Hwy 2) west to 2nd street. Make a right on second and follow west -- parallel to RR tracks. At Small Rd, make a right and cross over tracks, then follow for about a mile to Lake Shore Drive (on the right). Trailheads are not marked but can be found near across from the boat launch and near the softball fields.

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3
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