Lake Wilson Rollercoaster - Trail, Wilson, KS, Kansas

Lake Wilson Rollercoaster - Trail, Wilson, KS, Kansas

DESCRIPTION

It is a 12 mile loop that will defintly test your fitness. There are technical patches here and there but mostly climb and descend riding. 100% singletrack that is well defined. We keep adding to these trails regularly so it will likely grow. A whole lot of fun. Call 1 800 561 2453 for events and trail conditions.

USER REVIEWS

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[Apr 17, 2012]
seemlessstate
Cross Country Rider

Previous reviews have mentioned the greatness of this trail. I'll do the same. Its in the middle of Jerkwater central Kansas, so there are very few people on the trails. I went on easter weekend last, and only saw 2 other mountain bikers. The scenery is beautiful. oCming from the east coast, riding Florida to Upstate NY, this is something different all together. The bluffs, and plateaus and treeless (except for a few junipers) hills are spectacular. the colors of the rocks, and the grass and water meld together into something like Ive never seen (again, im from the east) There is wild life on the trail. I saw several Large lizards, numerous hawks, and even the elusive american RV'r.

The nearest town is obviously Wilson KS, and its pretty much a gutted agricultural community with a gas station, a bank, a hotel, and...thats about it. My wife and I stayed at the Midland Railroad Hotel. Its a renovated historic hotel, that is staffed by friendly people, and the rates are good. It has a very pleasant atmosphere, and is a nice hotel overall. We stayed in the most expensive 2 room jacuzzi sweet for $130, but rooms start at $65. next time we might stay in a cabin or camp, but the hotel is only a few miles from the trail, so its convenient. just bring your own food for the duration of your stay, because a day of riding really sucks when all you have had to eat is gas station fried chicken, candy bars and chips.

As for trail conditions: Well, theyre great. it was dry last time I went. Some small areas are sandy, and you will sink, but 95% of the trail is hardpack. there is a little bit of everything. it has great flowing downhill sections, tight twisting switchbacks, good technical rock gardens going both uphill and down, and some smaller 1'-2' drops.

Yes, if you are a downhiller, you will be bored. It does not have miles of screaming downhill, or huge hucks and transitions, but come on, its Kansas! Overall, these are some of the best actual mountain bike trails Ive been on. You can ride for an hour or two, or spend all day the 20+ miles of singletrack (its good in both directions) I am used to riding in thick overgrown forests with low branches and trees inches from the edge of the trail, so riding in wide open, treeless prairie is an awesome change of pace. I can focus more on my bike handling, than dodging Oak limbs or birch trunks.

overall, a great trail!

Customer Service

Coming from East or West, take I-70 to the wilson exit. go north 3-4 miles, and turn left into the park. Go over the bridge and take a right into the camp ground. just follow the signs. It's easy to find.

there is an alternate trail head before switchgrass campground, just after the bridge with access to some of the larger hills and sections next to the water. Pick either, but switchgrass campground has way more parking.

The boat ramp is the only place that I know of to get water, so keep that in mind.

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Not sure there are others. Manhattan is 2 hours away with some great river trails.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 11, 2010]
Karlos Locos
Weekend Warrior

This is quite a challenging trail that will test any rider's ability. It has steep climbs, tough rock crossings, some steep rocky descents along with flowy smooth sections. Some parts of the trail are fairly perilous, where you're riding very near the edges of cliffs. It's probably more than most people could handle in one day, so allow plenty of time to complete the full 20 miles.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 05, 2010]
Kansas MTBer
Racer

17 miles with just about everthing. Short rocky climbs and decents, long gruling climbs, screeming fast decents, flat lands, ledges, you will think you are in Colorado.

Customer Service

Clockwise from the Switchgrass trailhead.

Similar Products Used:

Great Bend River Trail, Lake Barton, Coronado Heights

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 15, 2009]
ss85
Cross Country Rider

Not what you expect. Very tight singletrack with a sandstone base, small, steep hills, and rock outcroppings in the middle of a mixedgrass prairie environment make for a unique ride. Trail alternates between flowy, technical, and sandy. Lots of doubling back and climbing...even sections of riding on sandstone outcroppings above the water!

Designed for mountain bikers by mountain bikers. Worth the stop along I-70 and even worth a special trip.

Customer Service

clockwise: yellow (sand, then grassy hills, then outcrops, and back to hills), purple (grassy hills, rock, ledges, rock, rock), red (rock, grassy hills), and back to yellow.

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Coming from KC, I can recommend Lake Perry (woods, roots, dirt, fun), Clinton (1/3 rock, 1/3 clay, 1/3 mud, white trail is grueling), swope park (90% easy, 10% wear a helmet), etc etc.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 21, 2009]
CRogge
Cross Country Rider

Oh man! Real trails in the middle of Kansas! I've been riding the Eastern Kansas trails for over 12 years and I never knew until earlier this summer that there were trails this good in this part of Kansas. My wife and I camped at Wilson Lake earlier this summer as a convenient stop at the start of a 5000 mile, 11 day road trip. Leaving in the morning, I saw a few places where a trail crossed the road. I thought, "hey, there are trails out here!" I came back to the lake this last weekend to camp and ride the trail and I was blown away!
The trail is fast and flowy and then suddenly there's one of several sandstone outcroppings that you have to really work the bike up and over or carefully drop off of. I was really suprised at the level of technical difficulty of some of the features. The portion of the trail that encircles an old radio tower hill was really fun with lots of exposed sandstone. This was really fantastic riding and will add a nice change of scenery to the usual forest and limestone trails of the East.
Two warnings:
1, If you are used to riding in the shaded woods of the usual Kansas or Missouri trails, BRING SUNSCREEN. You will be out in the sun almost the entire time.
2, The burrs out there were numerous, although I think they were soft enough not to puncture tires. I was running Stan's, so I didn't experience them if they did. They are bad enough that you wouldn't want to go barefoot in any part of the park while camping.

Similar Products Used:

Clinton, Landahl, Perry, LRT, BuRP,

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 22, 2009]
Joellivin
Weekend Warrior

Wow, this trail is awsome! They must have expanded it even more because now it is a 20 mile ride! I didnt respect this trail enough and am totally exhausted. It's not super technical just really fun swooping downhill then gut busting uphill. This is my kind of trail, the downhill sections allow you to carry quite a bit of speed.

Customer Service

The trail is very well marked, dont forget to bring $4.50 for the self pay station at the state park.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 20, 2007]
James
Cross Country Rider

As described previously, it can be as aerobic as you want to make it but you'll never have to drop into the granny gear. What they're doing here is great for mountain bikers and the trail is nice, it just needs to be ridden more to really groom the singletrack.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Apr 14, 2007]
bcendo321
Cross Country Rider

A gem of a trail indeed. Up, down, all around, tight singletrack that can be hammered or meandered. Reminded me of a mini-Fruita with its hills, sandy soil and rim-riding above the water (not quite the drops of course, but exhillerating nonetheless). Very well built trail comprised of tight turns & switchbacks mixed with staight down-then-ups. Mostly smooth with a few rocky sections near the beginning of the ride. You will be fairly spent at the end with the total elevation gain.

I was in Great Bend for work before riding and stopped into racer Cameron Chambers' family's Golden Belt Bicycle Company. Cameron, his dad Doug and the others could not have been nicer and more willing to help a Lake Wilson first-timer. Good people like that are another reason we all love to ride. They have a race & festival the first part of May, call them at 620-793-7060 or 800-561-2453 for details of the fun.

Thanks Golden Belt for your trailwork and generosity. A prime piece of singletrack was needed in the hills of central Kansas, and Lake Wilson is it. It's worth the trip, either as a destination from even a few hours away, or a must-ride heading east or west on I-70.

Customer Service

Start at the parking lot trail marker, and pretty-much stay left as you ride the trail clockwise. When it doubt just go with how the trail flows. Because the trail is mostly tree-less, you can always head up the nearest hill to get your bearings with the lake, road, marina, etc. if you get lost. Be sure and continue riding after you first go under the road bridge, the close-to-the-water riding is just about to begin and you don't want to miss it. And on your return when your about to say enough with the hills, it will smooth out and you can speed back to your car in the big ring.

Similar Products Used:

Two hours east--Lake Perry (northeast of Topeka).

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Dec 27, 2004]
renegadewalker
Weekend Warrior

Wow if you are driving across Ks. on I-70 this trail is a must and a welcome break. I thought Kansas was flat. Plan 90 min for the 12 mile a great ride!!!!!!!!!!!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Dec 10, 2004]
tw09r
Weekend Warrior

It lives up to its name (rollercoaster) one of the sweetest singletracks around. It's also well maintained by the CKMBC bike club. Check it out, you won't be sorry, sore maybe but you'll leave with a big grin on your face.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
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