Ulrich Park - TRAIL

Ulrich Park - Trail, Cedar Falls, Iowa

Currently the system has two different trails; one in the main part of the park, the other is across the railroad tracks. These trails are very technical and twisty. Lots of short, all-or-nothing climbs, a few fast downhills. Burning lungs are common with those on the verge of being out of shape. Those with at least intermediate skills will fare well...not really a place for beginners who are not over-achievers.

User Reviews (8)

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pansegrauss   Cross Country Rider [Sep 06, 2010]

this trail is no more and that sucks!! You can get in a little loop but none of the fun stuff on the back across the tracks its all trashed if anyone ever wants to head out with some saws and a shovle let me know I would love to help drove a hour last week to ride and it just makes you sad

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DLine   Cross Country Rider [Sep 07, 2006]

I used to ride George Wyth alot when I went to school here in the early to mid nineties, so I've been bringing my mountain bike back with me the last few times from Denver, CO to hit some of the old "nostalgia" rides (along with FDR park in Dubuque - see reviews). Stumbled across Ulrich park through this site, and tried it out instead of GW. Wish it'd been around when I was living here.

The trail, in comparison with GW is much more varied and interesting. More ups and downs, more technical sections (really nice tree work, guys), some small bridges, and even a few drops into creekbeds. Very fun. The trail compares better with FDR than anything nearby, but doesn't have the length or climbs of FDR.

Someone has put a good deal of time into these, and it is appreciated. I'm always struck by the amount of really nice, hilly, wooded terrain there is in Iowa (particularly Eastern/Northeastern), and that it's such a shame more of it isn't developed into trails. There's a certain type of riding here (loamy soil, tight turns in dense woods, trees and creeks) that's a complete contrast to where I ride now (CO an UT), and it's a very welcome change. I really enjoy bringing my bike back these days to sample a few people's labor of love. So a general "thanks" to everyone who is trying to make something special for very few people.

If there is an effort to make these longer, I'll hit 'em next time I'm in town. Well, I'd probably hit them either way.

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Followed the orange flags the first time around, then just randomly hit all of the parts I really enjoyed on a second loop. If time had permitted, I'd have done more loops.

Similar Products Used: FDR in Dubuque - similar but longer with more topography. George Wyth/Hartman is fine, but is much mellower. Sugarbottom, of course. Next trip back, I'm going to make a concerted effort to get up to Decorah to ride there - the reviews look promising.

Transplants - bring your bikes home with you, the riding is getting better back here!
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Team Hawkeye   Cross Country Rider [Sep 06, 2006]

Fun trails. Hard to hammer because of lots of tight turns and tight trees. Great use of limited acreage. Hard to tell where you are going, but that is fun also and I seemed to get funneled back to a place I recognized. Make sure to go across the tracks. I agree - best single track north of Iowa City and south of Rochester (haven't ridden Decorah)

Customer Service

Are there routes?

Similar Products Used: Sugarbottom
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loonyOne   Cross Country Rider [Jul 05, 2004]

This system continues to improve through more riding. We actually had expanded the system to the NorthWest, but it was flooded very badly earlier this Spring due to bad storms in the state. There is a new sub-loop that was built this year. There isn't much area to work with in this park, but what has been used, has been used to the fullest extent. This is THE best riding within 90 minutes drive from the Waterloo/Cedar Falls area...even though it only measures about threepointfive miles. I promise that the lower, extended trail system will be rebuilt and maintained with the same vigilance as this system. A must-ride for anyone in the area.

Customer Service

Listed above.

Similar Products Used: George Wythe, Lower Hartman, Greenbelt system, and hopefully more to come.
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5
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Kevin   Weekend Warrior [Oct 14, 2003]

Someone takes really good care of these trails. They are trimmed up nice and cleared pretty regularly of fallen sticks and branches. The single track is awsome and the use of the features in the tarain is great. I am so glad I found an area like this to ride around here, it was badly needed. Two thumbs up to the who ever is maintaining this killer trail system.

Similar Products Used: None this good with in 1 1/2 hour drive.
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Tom   [Dec 14, 2002]

This trail system is awesome compared to what we have had in this area. Singletrack trails are twisty and hilly, with a few really fun downhills. When helping build these trails we incorporated available terrain to match the skills of just about every level of rider, yet still make it fun for everyone. Short on the mileage, but heavy on the riding.

Customer Service

Same route as described

Similar Products Used: George Wythe, Lower Hartman, Greenbelt, The Flat Shore,
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T.J.   [Dec 15, 2002]

These trails are much more gruling then other trails in this area. If you like a challange you won't be disapointed. We built these trails so we wouldn't have to go to Sugarbottom as often to get a challanging ride. Although they're still short on mileage(about 2.5), the trails are looped so you can do laps, and we are still adding new singletrack. These trails are definitely for upper level riders with an extra lung. The trails have a bit of everything, nice downhills, very technical in areas, good climbs, and water crossings. Trail maps are avalible at local bike shops.

Customer Service

Take Hwy.57 West out of Cedar falls about a mile past Hudson rd. to Union rd. Turn right on Union rd. and go .5 mile to Skyview dr., turn right and go .5 mile to Ulrich park.

Similar Products Used: Sugarbottom, George Wyth, Hartman
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Andy   [Dec 17, 2002]

These trails are great! They continue to grow as the weeks pass. They have a little bit of everything including climbs, desents, twists, turns, water crossings, a vintage view of Cedar River Valley from a native? hardwood forest perspective, soft landing spots and even the potential for coed video sessions.

If you love to ride dificult single track and are within an hour drive of Cedar Falls you must check them out. The extra use with assist in the trail packing process. Then even us 220+ pounders can roll with the best of them.

Customer Service

Take Hwy.57 West out of Cedar falls about a mile past Hudson rd. to Union rd. Turn right on Union rd. and go .5 mile to Skyview dr., turn right and go .5 mile to Ulrich park.

Similar Products Used: dirt type trails
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