Lake Clinton Bike Trail - Trail, Lawrence, Kansas

Lake Clinton Bike Trail - Trail, Lawrence, Kansas

DESCRIPTION

A series of trails working along the bluffs of the lake. There a two main trails marked blue and white with lots of off-shoots to explore. The trails consist of short, technical climbs and descents with lots of rocks and roots to navigate. Some areas can stay wet for an eternity.

USER REVIEWS

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[Oct 15, 2009]
ss85
Cross Country Rider

One of the better trails in the Kansas City metro area. 25 miles and a skills course of fun riding. Terrain changes east to west from clayey soils and old-ish forest to a more scrub-forest and rockier soils. Trails can stay muddy for awhile in spring but are usually good later in the year. Setup is one big out & back, so pack a tube or two (thorns, rocks) and be sure to have H2O.

Customer Service

Blue is a good, intermediate bike trail with a spattering of short, loose climbs, rock gardens, and creek crossings. Tends to be muddy in the spring, perfect 4-5 days after rain in spring, 2-3 in summer/fall.

White is a good, difficult set of rock gardens and climbs with a spattering of bike trail. It's rideable, but I always need to be 'with it' to enjoy myself.

Red is all rock, sometimes underwater (it is a reservoir, y'know), difficult.

The best way to ride Clinton is to pony up the $4 to get in and park at the Marina (or a better, secret spot) or pay $30 for a year pass to ALL KS parks (what a deal!). The east end (free access) of the trails is often soupy and a mess when the rest is good.

Similar Products Used:

Perry Lake. Less-ridden, dries faster, more roots, more elevation change.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Apr 10, 2009]
socnick83
Weekend Warrior

There is a section of trail deemed the Skills Loop in Clinton State Park near the end of the park. It is past campground 3 and right before you hit the last boat ramp parking lot on the north side of the road. This section of trail has a North Shore style to it with multiple wooden structures, teeter totters, jumps, berms, along with a 4 foot ladder drop. This is a great place to hone your MTB skills and try out some new things. The Kansas Trails Council has poured in a lot of time and effort on these trails and it definitely shows. This unique trail is worth checking out. PLEASE pay the utmost respect to the trail and the structures; examine structures before being ridden, don't ride when wet, and shred it!!!!

Customer Service

Clinton State park to the last parking lot past campground three. They are on the north side of the road marked by huge railroad tie type of beams on the ground.

Similar Products Used:

Lawrence city freeriding

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
[Jun 21, 2006]
ZOOM-DH
Weekend Warrior

First off, I wish mtbr would come up with a better description of us as riders. Weekend warrior? Come on, get real. How about a description of someone who just rides about 3-4 days a week? Not a racer, not a warrior, not a downhiller, not a mullet. Just an avid rider. Anyway...

There is actually a third trail/route out at Clinton that its builders have been working on for quite a while. In keeping with the color theme, they have given this new trail the dubious title of the Red Trail. And red is a good color for it, as this will likely be the color of some of your body parts if you don't pay attention and have some pretty good handling skills. This trail doesn't waste any time in dropping you right down by the water's edge. But don't take in the scenery too long, as this trail is pretty challenging. It's pretty much nothing but rock. Rock on top of rock, on top of rock that's built on top of more rock. No real climbs here, but that's what makes it a challenge. No climbs means no recovery time on the decents. You're pretty much pedalling over lots of rocks the whole time.

It's a fun little section and definately worth checking out. There are even a few little hidden 2-3 foot drops that you can hit if you keep your eyes open. Other highlights of this Red Trail also include a couple of fun little bridges made from 2x4's and another that is made out of rock (go figure) that goes up and over a fallen tree.

I really can't guess how much time, sweat and beer it took for whoever to build this trail but we all should tip our helmets to them. This trail could not have been an easy build. Not at all. It's still a work in progress as you can see where they are marking further lines along the shore. As of the summer of 2006 it's about a mile long, but don't hold me to that measurement as I do not have any Garmin gadgetry or other technologically advanced apparatus to assist me in distance measurement and I am notorious for telling people I rode 30 miles when I only rode 3. But it will take the average rider about 20 minutes to ride this section of trail.

I really wouldn't rate any of the trails at Clinton as 'flowy' 'groovy' or any other description that involves a smooth rhythm for extended periods. There are flowy sections, but soon you will be dicing your way thru the rocks again.




Customer Service

Park at the main trailhead, ride the Blue out to the Red, then back on the Blue clear out to the main boat ramps. Go for a swim and take the Blue back or the 6 mile road back to the main trail head. This is one of the few places around that you can work in a ride n'swim. Take advantage of it.

Similar Products Used:

LRT (Lawrence River Trails) for lots of flow and ease or head east to Kansas City and there are three or four really nice trails up there.

The only thing keeping Clinton from getting a higher rating (in my worthles opinion anyway) would be that lack of continuous fluidity and the never ending flat tires that you get from the locust tree thorns. But you really can't hold those against its builders. Those trees are everywhere and it ain't like they can just go pulling up every little rock that protrudes out in the middle of the trail. They have done an amazing job of building a great trail in soil conditions that most regions would have given up on and taken up road riding.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Mar 18, 2006]
mchaines
Cross Country Rider

Rocky and rooty, lots of short, steep climbs & descents. The trail marked with white is significantly more difficult than the blue one. Both trails have closely spaced climbs that virtually ensure you'll get a workout, even if you aren't looking for one. Unless you've got really solid technical skills, expect to push your bike up several of the climbs (especially on the white trail). Maybe not the best beginner trail, or the most relaxing ride, but these trails are great for working on bike-handling in the rocks.

Customer Service

Blue & white trails run parallel with lots of connectors--take the white trail out from the trailhead, then cut across to the blue trail for a more direct route back (no matter how far you go, you're already two thirds of the way home!) Or, for a quicker ride, take the blue trail out approx. 9 miles to the main park road, then ride back on the pavement for a cool-down.

Similar Products Used:

Kansas river trail

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Dec 07, 2004]
josephfox
Weekend Warrior

Very fun and fast single track. Not the most technical trail, but if you are looking for a fun time of just cranking out the miles then this trail is perfect. Provides as much of a workout as you want to get, just keep it in the big chaingring and crank it.

Customer Service

Stay to the left at the trailhead and go clockwise. Make sure to take advantage of all the jumps and of course the natural bowl around mile 4. It's a good spot for a rest and theres a couple of nice drops in there.

Similar Products Used:

Clinton Lake, Landahl, Smithville lake, and Tiffany Springs Rock quary

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 20, 2004]
bblur66
Cross Country Rider

Rode it in July, heat was a player and the cautions regarding the spiders were dead on. The webs diminished the enjoyment somewhat but beggers can't be choosers in the Midwest. Overall nice medium aerobic moderately/advanced technical trail. Can get soft and appears to stay soft in places.

Customer Service

Out White back on blue as others have said but they parallel each other quite a bit so you have options.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[May 11, 2004]
ricomundy
Cross Country Rider

For riding hours worth of singletrack this is the place to go. My first time I made the mistake of riding out on the blue as far as I could and then riding back on white and by the end I was so weak I could barely stand. Much better to go out on the technical white and relax on the way back via the blue. I personally find I get a bit bored riding these trails since seeing the same scenery continuously gets monotonous. But it's a great workout and improves the technical skills too. As others mentioned, if you're the first in a while the spiderwebs are fierce. Also tick repellant is a very good idea. It would be a fun trail for a visitor to camp at and ride, but there are other more enjoyable trails in the area if you have to pick only one to ride.

Customer Service

Out on white, back on blue.

Similar Products Used:

Landahl. Lawrence Levee trails.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 27, 2003]
Brian
Racer

Oh, yeah. Fantastic trail. Gots lots of technical, twisty, turny trails and rocky and rooty sections. I suggest to pay the state park fee and proceed to Campground #3 (west side) and ride there to experience the best portion of the trail system. This is the most unridden and sometime forgotten part where its quieter and you can get a feel of almost riding alone w/ your buddies. See if you can locate a portion of the past (farmer's old vehicle) just off the trail. Check out the two bridges straddling the trail and teepee just off of the trail, as well. Creative additions to keep ya rollin'.

Customer Service

White trail out (more technical) then blue back, or for a real poundin', white out then white back. Have fun and bring bug juice (ticks, chiggers and skeeters, oh my-as they say in Wizard of OZ). laters

Similar Products Used:

Lake Perry Trail system, Kansas (Kaw) River Trail, Landahl Trail system, Crowder Trail system, etc. Too many to list around here to give them all the credit they deserve.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Aug 13, 2003]
John
Cross Country Rider

I rode this trail the weekend of August 9th and I thought it was excellent. It was very well marked and maintained and provided some good challenging sections as well as some nice scenery. There may not be any hair-raising downhills or grueling climbs but there is enough up and down to make it fun and a provide a good workout if you push yourself. It will also definitely test your handling skills in places. The only negative comment I have is that the amount of spider webs and their occupants was pretty nasty. The primary reason for that was that as far as I could tell, I was the only rider on the trails the entire weekend, which I couldn't believe considering how great these trails are. I took a pretty hard spill when I spazzed out after a large and extremely ugly spider jumped off my helmet visor and onto my sunglasses just as I was negotiating a tight switchback. No big deal unless you're a total arachniphobe in which case you may want to make sure someone else goes in front of you. Anyway, it was well worth the drive from Wichita and I plan to return many times. It reminded me alot of the intermediate sections of Landahl which is an awesome trail. There is no reason that I could see why this trail should be rated under a 4 and that's why I'm giving it a 5 because I think it deserves to be rated higher than it is. It was also a great place to camp, I could drop into the trail right at my camp site. I can't wait to try Lake Perry next.

Customer Service

Start at the trailhead at the overlook for day use or from CG 3 for overnight trips. Ride both white and blue trails.

Similar Products Used:

Landahl near KC or Camp Horizon near Wichita. Both trails rock.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jan 05, 1999]
Ken Bishop

The best trail in Kansas in my humble opinion. This trail will test you both techically and physically. If you choose to ride the entire length front and back, be prepared to spend 3+ hours and ride 25 miles. Even though the climbs aren't long, the rocks in your way will exhaust you.

Customer Service

Easy to find from Lawrence

Similar Products Used:

Lake Perry Bike Trail

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
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