Linear Park Trails - Trail, Manhattan, Kansas

Linear Park Trails - Trail, Manhattan, Kansas

DESCRIPTION

Hard packed dirt with a few dips and jumps. A place that you can ride very fast since most of it is very smooth.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 30, 2014]
ColeSJ
Weekend Warrior

Linear Trail isn't really a mountain bike trail, but the trail just off of Linear, known as Manhattan River Trail (MRT) is the singletrack responsible for all these previous reviews.

I ride this trail almost daily during mountain bike season. It's extremely smooth, flowy, fast, and has a small playground/jump area about halfway through (although recently some kids 'modified' the jumps and have completely ruined them, I'm working on making them how they used to be -- way better than they are currently.) Toward the back half of the trail, there's a fun ladder to ride across, followed by some rocky and rooty technical stuff. There are some awesome ravines throughout the trail that you drop in and out of, and you can really get some speed going. The faster you go on this trail, the more fun it is. If you live in Manhattan or are just passing through, this is a fun trail to hit once or daily. Highly recommended.

Customer Service

Start in the parking lot off of Hwy 24 directly before the river bridge. Follow the sidewalk from the parking lot under the train bridge and come up on two entries. The left entry has a fun table top jump about .25-.5 miles in, and the right has some flowy turns to start off. I prefer the left route but do take both just to switch it up. There is no wrong direction.

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For some air and awesome drop-ins, try the Spillway Cycle Area. Also heard there was a singletrack out there, haven't found it yet. Watch out for ATVs and such.

Fancy Creek Trail, about 20 miles away, is the closest thing to Colorado mountain biking you can find in Kansas. Lots of technicality, climbs, trees, and awesome landscape. PACK EXTRA TUBES. Great for a weekend ride when you have a little extra time but not enough to travel 4+ hours.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 06, 2011]
Albreezy328
Weekend Warrior

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oJPzSR_cdU
The above link is a 3 minute video of my 2nd day on the trail. So far it is my favorite trail in the Manhattan area. The trail has a very wide range of features over the 6+ miles. Sharp turns, log jumps, rocks, and some quick descents and climbs. There is a small "terrain park" near the beginning with a few jumps and there is also some wooden bridges. Each time I've gone I came home with quite a few bug bites, so I highly recommend bug spray. Most of the ride is also under shade.

Customer Service

http://maps.google.com/maps/myplaces?hl=en&ctz=300&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=23.875,57.630033&ie=UTF8&z=4&num=10

The above link is a GPS-mapping of my route.

Similar Products Used:

Fancy Creek State Park
Washington Marlatt Memorial Park

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
[Mar 01, 2011]
ryandoobs
Weekend Warrior

The River Trails that you can access from the linear trail are a blast. I recently discovered them a few weeks ago and have had a good time riding them. I have been told that there were new trails expanded recently but I just discovered the trail so I don't know how much was there before I started riding it.
The trail is fairly easy and fun. My lesser experienced friends found some challenge in the trails but they weren't too difficult for them to ride safely. On one of the rides my friend with a bmx bike, bald tires and a loose front sprocket had no trouble at all making it through the trails.
The trail follows the Kansas River and Blue River. Mostly single track with logs and a few rocks. Theres a few jumps throughout and a small "terrain park" area.

Customer Service

The Linear Trail has a smooth trail that consists of gravel/dirt and paved surfaces. Head east on the linear trail from S. Manhattan and Pottawatomie ave. This part of the trail is a smooth ride and is shared with joggers and dogs. You can also access the trail from

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Feb 16, 2010]
ckcoolic
Weekend Warrior

Great trail. Mostly moist clay with great tracktion, although there are some spots with dry sandy turns. Variety of obstacles along the route gives allows you to choose your own difficulty. Trail recieves regular maintenance from the local community.

Strengths: Obstacles along the trail allow you to choose your own adventure. Trails mantained.

Weakness: Way too short! Smells like poop. Lots of trash from local college partiers. Spider webs everywhere.

Customer Service

Only one loop but optional obstacles along route give variety.

Similar Products Used:

Fancy Creek. (too many rocks) This part of the country could use more trials.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Dec 05, 2009]
Aaron Apel
Cross Country Rider

The Manhattan River trails are cut back, new, and improved. There is a new section that has been added in the last six months now making the trail close to 4 miles. As of December 5, 2009 another section is being started south of the current trails and when all is said an done by spring we should be looking at another 3 miles. The trail is blazing fast, and full of twists and turns. Stay tuned Manhattan has been moving fast to cut new trail with a dedicated group of earth movers, special thanks to Jay, Ryan, and Clint. In conclusion this trail is what you make it, the faster you ride it the crazier it gets.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 16, 2009]
C_Stro
Weekend Warrior

Being recent Colorado transplants, Linear Park was my husband and my first opportunity to ride in Kansas. Obviously, this trail cannot match Colorado's aerobic or technical difficulty, but it was a fun ride nonetheless. The single track is full of stunts that are in various states of disrepair, but with a some work could be rideable again. This trail is thick with foliage and will be nice when it gets hotter since you can hide under the thick canopies from the sun. The recent storms in the area have knocked over and split huge trees and a few block the trail, so you may have to dismount and pull your bike over in some spots. Again, not very technical if you stay on the track itself and skip the sketchy stunts, but an enjoyable ride for all skill levels.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
1
[Mar 18, 2007]
GreenLightGo
Weekend Warrior

This is a great little trail, it's not so challenging that a novice would be scared off, yet it's got enough nuances and diversions for a good time. There are two bowls with ramps for the free riders, the single track needs some maintenance, but for mid-March, was good enough for quick blasts back and forth.

One or two weekends and this single track will be outstanding. I measured it as 1.8 miles on my GPS, but out and back twice and you'll hardly notice that an hour has passed. In the Junction City/Manhattan area, this is the most fun single track I have found so far.

My only wish is that it were about 3-4 times longer.

Customer Service

Directions in the first review are spot on. From the gravel parking lot, go to the right on the paved trail (which is south). About 100ft from the parking lot, the single track begins on the left.

Similar Products Used:

Eagle Trail at Milford Lake

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Dec 30, 2006]
dwoodard25
Weekend Warrior

Nice place to Mt. bike. It offers logs and jumps to do some nice moves. Its singletrack so share. Make sure you look ahead as you ride down the trail because you don't want to go head-on with another biker coming from the other direction.

Similar Products Used:

Fancy creek and the Spillway.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
[Jul 31, 2005]
KWalter
Weekend Warrior

I discovered the trail while biking on the Linear Trail, which is a boring gravelled walking/biking path. The trail is a good mix of safe easy off-road riding with more challenging additions that are usually, but not always, off-shoots from the main trail. The trail has plenty of hills and turns which makes it a good alternative for people who are bored with the local Linear Trail. Users of the trail have hauled in ready-mix concrete and made an area with concrete ramps and have made numerous "ladder" type ramps or above gound bikeways using lumber they hauled in or tree limbs found there. I have seen people with chain-saws doing work on the trail recently, and it is well-maintained by the people who use it. Due to the trees along the path be carefull for tree limbs, or whole trees, that may fall across the path. As an older, mid 30's, beginning biker I have dumped my bike on more than one occasion and haven't worked up the skill level to attempt many of the more difficult off-shoots to the main trail. During the evening the trail tends to get more crowded and with dense vegetation/trees obscuring the view around the tight turns/hills so head on collisions could a factor. I've found riding it in the morning is better as there are fewer people in the area.

Customer Service

Take Hwy 24 to the Blue RIver Bridge parking area just east of the HWY 24/McCall Road intersection on the northeast edge of Manhattan, the trail entrance is past the rail-road/vehicle bridges going south-east on Linear Trail. The other end is off of Linear Trail directly across from Sirloin Stockade on Highway 24 in Manhattan.

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None Known

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
[Dec 30, 2004]
calvasina
Cross Country Rider

Good trail to go as fast as you want to. Great trail for the beginner. Smooth trail for the most part with some minor technical spots (sand). There is something for everyone here with large stunts to drop from, jumps, ground-level stunts for beginners, log ramps, etc. Great warm up for a Fancy Creek ride. Look out for runners and dogs not on leashes.

Customer Service

Multiple ways to hit the trail. I've been riding this trail since 2000 and it truly evolves everytime i've been on it.

Similar Products Used:

Fancy Creek, Lake Perry, Clinton

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
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