Cedar Creek - Trail, Columbia, Missouri

Cedar Creek - Trail, Columbia, Missouri

DESCRIPTION

The Cedar Creek trail network is made up of several loops which include sections of singletrack linked by remote gravel roads. The keys to a good ride at Cedar Creek, are dry weather and either a guide, or a map and lots of patience. Most rides here wind up taking longer than you plan, so take lots of water and power bars. Officially, there is the Cedar Creek Trail (22 mi., both north and south of Hwy Y), and the Moon Loop (6+ mi.) and Boydsville Loop (~ 5 mi.), both on the north end of the forest. The best rides combine sections of the Cedar Creek and Boydsville loops between Pine Ridge and Rutherford Bridge. Although it's scheduled for maintenance and more singletrack in 2001, the Moon Loop generally doesn't figure into a good ride. At its best, Cedar Creek is fast singletrack through forest with technical, rocky, sections at several creek-crossings. At its worst, Cedar Creek can be a confusing, tick-infested, collection of horse-destroyed mud-pits. This trail sees alot of horse-use and doesn't hold up well to rain. I strongly recommend contacting the Mark Twain NF office in Fulton at (573)592-1400 and obtaining a trail map. Even though the heavy use and layout of this trail make maintaining it difficult, there is a history of cooperation between the Forest Service and local equestrians and bikers.

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 30, 2007]
Garner
Cross Country Rider

It's hard to argue strenuously with any of the above reviews, but this is a decent once-in-a-while wild-hair alternative to riding Rock Bridge yet again. One nice perk of this trail is that you really do put in some distance, so you don't have the rat-on-a-wheel feeling you get when spinning small loops in state parks. An actual cross-country ride.

I've ridden this trail network about once a week through the heat of summer. I did my fair share of cursing. Unless you have an experienced guide, you're not really going to have much fun your first time out. I recommend generous application of insect repellant. And, if you like to ride in front you're going to make about 50 spiders homeless per mile. They'll smile at you as they dangle from your visor.

Customer Service

The most user-friendly sections for people unfamiliar with this network would be an out-and-back from the Pine Ridge campground (heading North out of the park) and/or the Moon loop. The Moon loop isn't overly exciting, but not as bad as reported. If you try to do the big 20.2 mile loop without a guide you're going to be searching for the trails in the pastures.

Similar Products Used:

Rock Brisg State Park, Three Creeks, blah blah

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3
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3
[Feb 19, 2006]
chuck mchenry
Weekend Warrior

I was on this trail 25-30 miles on a weekday in Oct. 2005. I did several loops, all hoping I would find the magical, mythical wondrous trail my friend who had ridden there 5 years ago described. It just ain't happenin'! This trail is totally destroyed by horses. In the dry season I was in muck 50% of the time. The uphiulls are unclimbable due to trail muckiness, the downhills dangerous due to erosions and horsehoof pits. The only loop I didn't do was moon-loop. All others are shot! After an hour of serious cleaning, I got my bike back. I've heard there's a serious reclaimation effort underway. No matter what they do, they've got to solve the horse problem! I never worried about horses too much until now. This is total destruction. It makes me worry about the growing horse popularity on the Berryman! I didn't rate this---it's mud!

Customer Service

The southern route is ok- except for misguided gravelling and some poorly marked places. In one field I just had to make a wild guess, crossing a half-mile, and by luck, hitting the marked portion of the trail. Guess I'm spoiled biking in the Taum Sauk region!

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cedar creek was fun. Rock Ridge (?) near columbia was a good aerobic.

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0
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0
[Aug 23, 2003]
Ryan
Cross Country Rider

I have ridden this trail several times and the key to the trail is conditions. Go when it is dry and the brush has died down. I happen to be friends with Bryan who knows the trail system there better then anyone I have met. So sections of the trail are amazing and you really get a sense of adventure when riding there. If you go there without a local guide, a good attitude, and the right conditions you will probably hate life. Early November is good, and in the winter when it is cold and the mud is frozen it is also very nice.

Customer Service

Ride from boyscout bridge to pine creek.

Similar Products Used:

3 creeks, rockbridge, Rhett's run, and Grindstone park.

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4
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4
[Aug 17, 2003]
Eric Anderson
Cross Country Rider

This place has AMAZING potential, but as it stands right now it is a horse-detroyed textbook example of equestrian environmental damage and erosion. Horses are the SUVs of the trail, and this place shows the impact of heavy horse use during wet conditions. Previously ridable steep s-track is now eroded into dangerous and nearly unwalkable ruts and gullies. What once were lovely and fun rock ledges and slopes have been shattered, scarred and broken into a loose surface from which all topsoil has been eroded. Image the most devasted and unridable trail conditions: rock slides, mud pits, trails only a DH bike could handle. It's worse. This is the kind of environmental nightmare that mtn bikers are falsely accused of all the time. This spot has it for real, but not from bikes, from horses. The only thing that could save this spot would be for MO mtn bikers to work to get more "no horses" trails designated, and then to work like mad to restore or reroute these newly reclaimed trail sections. Don't even bother with the Rutherford foot bridge in Englewood. It's by far the worst. Start in the campground off Y from 63 and ride until your wrists can't take it anymore, then shed a tear, turn around and go home.

Customer Service

I entered from both the Rutherford foot bridge in Englewood and the main cmaping entrance off of highway Y. I also drove around trying to find other trailheads such as "Moon Loop" but couldn't find any of the ones shown on the forest map I got at the trailhead.

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1
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3
[Jan 31, 2001]
Barry

In general, the best riding is between Pine Ridge and the Rutherford Foot Bridge, near Englewood -- some of which is no longer shown on official maps. However, you really need several rides with a knowledgeable guide before you can make the best use of this area and avoid excessive gravel roads and expansive cow pastures.
With the right beta, it's possible to do 25 miles -- 80% singletrack -- through forest, along clifftops, and in shaded riparian hollows. But, a little rain, too much horse-traffic, a wrong turn or summer's overgrowth can make this area a nightmare.

Some of the hills here are downright dangerous, but in general the riding is only intermediately difficult.

Finally, although you might want to do them once, the Moon Loop and the 14 miles of Cedar Creek south of Hwy Y, are presently best left to cows and equestrians.

A local enduro-ride dubbed "Tour De Parks" starts in Columbia, links Rock Bridge, Three Creeks and Cedar Creek via rural roads, then returns to Columbia for ~ 70 miles.

Customer Service

Pine Ridge to Rutherford Foot Bridge and back (about 25 miles total). Additional (and very cool) sections of singletrack between Devil's Backbone Road (near Rutherford) and Paris Fork Church can be used to add a loop on the end of this ride.

Similar Products Used:

Rock Bridge, Three Creeks & Finger Lakes

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3
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[Oct 16, 2001]
bryan

This is a very good trail...we sort of...the reality is that this section of the Mark Twain National Forest has a little of everything...mud in some sections, horse damage in others and slow, long field crossings in other parts...However it also has some awsome tight technical single track...with sections as good as the berryman...it has remote wilderness sections where you will likely not see another MTB track, let alone another rider...it has smooth fast sections and extreme rocky sections that would test anyones skill.

This trial has it all and that is the key when you ride it...be prepared to hit a horse chewed-up sections and then seek out the amazing sections...there is in reality likely 40 miles of rideable trails back in this area and most are not on the very limited park map...so be prepared to feel a little lost at times...and maybe back track if you are in over your head...this trail offers something not found on many other trails and that is a sense of adventure. I have ridden this trial systems for 10 years and I still find little spurs and spooky little short cuts and dead ends I did not know about...some are nothing more than an ATV trail to some deer hunting stand...others are way cool..is is always a very worthy out of bounds type ride. As for horses, ticks, and summer growth...well if its your first time to Missouri you might not like this place in July...but this trial is no worse than any other Ozark trial ride. As for horses...yes they kill sections of trial...but is does seem to heal up and many of these trails would fade away if it was not for the horse use...if you want a wilderness ride, one where you experience adventure and not 20 other riders!!! Then this trail is for you...you will love it...a local guide is cool to have... but if you start at pineridege camp ground and are willing to back track if things get wierd...they you will be fine. Go for it

Customer Service

Main out and back from Pine Ridge campground...about 15 miles.

Similar Products Used:

three creeks, rock bridge, finger lakes,

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4
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[Apr 14, 2002]
Doug

Once upon a time there was a lot of great riding out there. There are still about 3 really cool miles, but there're scattered and separated by several more miles of total crap - literally. The horses have screwd this place and the forest service doesn't care. After miles of hoof prints baked into hard clay, you'll need a spine transplant. Blow this place off and do 3-Creeks and rock bridge instead. Columbia has lots of good riding, but this place is no longer one of them.

Customer Service

Between pine ridge campground and the old foot bridge about 6 or 7 miles one-way.

Similar Products Used:

Three Creeks, Rock Bridge, Rett's Run, Fingerlakes

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1
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[Jun 06, 2002]
Eric

parts were very good, but others very bad. overgrown with thorns in some places. a few good dwonhills. mostly short technical ones though. many climbs, many not ridable. lots of creek crossings. kind of torn up by horses. map not very helpful. in most pasture crossings, the trail disappears and is hard to find on the other side. forest, pasture, and gravel roads make up the trail. didn't do the moon loop. heard that's not very good riding though. went in may and it was already very tick invested. recomended for more experienced riders because of length and difficulty of some downhill.

Customer Service

not certain which route i took

Similar Products Used:

rock bridge, three creeks

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2
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