Bittersweet - TRAIL

Bittersweet - Trail, Osage Beach, Missouri

Bittersweet trail is a fast, curvy, not too hilly stretch of singletrack in a typical Ozark oak hickory woods at central Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks. Trail offers multiple stunts to delight the freeride set including one monster drop into a dry creek. Take away the stunts and this would be a good trail for a beginner due to its lack of tough hill climbs. For mroe info stop by Oz Cycles on Bagnell Dam road, they have maps of this and the other Lake of the Ozarks Trails. Say thanks by buying something!

User Reviews (7)

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steener   Weekend Warrior [Jul 22, 2009]

The map is wrong. If you look in the area shown you will be 20 minutes from where you need to be. And there are at least four fire stations. The trail is down HH all the way at the end. Look up Shady Gator's and you will be pretty close. The folks at OzCycle are great and the shop is on Business 54 (Bagnell Dam Road) just North of HH.

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4
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4
MtnSpectre   Cross Country Rider [May 17, 2009]

Once I found it (Thanks Oz Cycles). Fun! As a newbie to the trail it was a little hard to find the start behind the firestation but once I got on it.....flat...jinxed from talk at Oz cycles...ha ha. Got started again and it was fun. There are some man made jumps that are broken but ride was still enjoyable. I did miss part of the trail due to my ummmm ignorance. I had a trail map but figured I would be good with verbal guidance and left it in my truck, I missed a turn and wound up missing half of the trail. Still the 4.5 miles I did get in was enjoyable. There are a couple of spots where downed or leaning trees make you get off the bike (at least I had to). TICKS, not that bad but they are out there. I was on the single track for about 5 seconds and had to stop for a flat and pulled off a couple of ticks and found one more halfway through the ride. Not bad, only three. I think I can deal with that instead of finding huge spiders crawling on me. I have a problem with spiders but that is another story.

Customer Service

It is a directional figure 8 to hit any of the jumps so if you are new to the trail, bring the trail map to turn when you are supposed to to get the entire trail in or go with someone that knows the trail.

Similar Products Used: Honey Run and 4 Winds
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4
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2
jordanbonnot   Downhiller [May 14, 2009]

I rode this trail once and will ride it many more times! There is nothing bitter about it. A nice tight single trace with stunts, jumps and rocks. It was a sweet ride. The trail would be great for beginners but can be made as hard as you want to push your self.

Customer Service

Stop by the bike shoP, Oz Cycles 1735 Bagnell Dam Blvd, and talk to Oz and get a map from him. Parks at Carls. Looking at Carl's, ride the paved trail to the left. Take a right at the first street and the trial starts behind the fire house about half way down. On one of the sides of the figure 8, you will go down hill and there is a ramp. On the way back you will end up on the other side of the house. The trail ends but if you go to the drive way, the trail starts again on the other side of the street as lillte ways up. You cross a lof of streets and a lot of criss crossing over trails you have been on. Just go straight unless Oz tells you other wise.

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4
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3
Clayton   Weekend Warrior [Dec 24, 2008]

This trail is great! Lots of great technical stuff, and some pretty good downhill bursts... the uphill is not too bad, theyve made good use of switchbacks, to help you get up the hill.. definitely check it out!

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5
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3
Jeff   Racer [Jul 22, 2008]

I grew up in lake ozark so i've seen this trail evolve into what it is today. You can thank the boys at Ozark Outdoors and Cyclery for this!! Their determination to create a quality trial resulted in on of the most memorable trials in an area. Lake Ozark know not for biking but big GAS sucking boat, babes, and boose is sitting on a gold mine of possible trails.... RIDE IT and FOR GODS sake support local shops!!
I didn't appriciate this trial until i moved away and found out not every little town has a quality single track trail to ride!
THANKS GOBBER!

Customer Service

Park at Carls supermarket just like most of the reviews post!

Similar Products Used: Four wins...
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5
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3
Grant   Weekend Warrior [Nov 21, 2007]

The best trail I have ridden in Mo. The guy at Ozark Outdoors and Cyclery in Lake Ozark, Mo was a huge help. He showed us how to get to the trail head (which is sort of hard to find now). The map online is wrong so you need to track him down. He's got maps and advice about the trails in the area. I took my wife and she did great most of the stunts have a bypass for new riders. I busted my bike halfway through and the guy back at the shop fixed me up for a deal. This trail was sweeeeeeet!!!!

Customer Service

I don't remeber the street names or which part of the trail we started on. Its just past a grocery store and a construction site. Ask the guy at the shop.

Similar Products Used: Apperently honey run is pretty good. If you go north to Columbia mo. Rockbridge state park has some great trails ridden during the show me state games and Cosmo park has rhets run is awsome it was designed for the 1996 olympic team to practice on.
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5
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3
EclipseRoadie   Cross Country Rider [Oct 21, 2007]

This trail rocks. It's become my instant favorite for being fast, fun, and interesting at every turn. This is a trail that can be as hard or easy as you want to make it with lots of little launches and cool stunts throughout the track. Will be visiting again. Weekly.

Customer Service

The old trailhead is bulldozed over so park at Carl's and ride down the multiuse trail to the right, along the street. Take a right on Yonkers road (first dirt rode on the right) and ride halfway down to the green electrical boxes on the left. Cut into the woods there and you'll run into singletrack. Turn right and start your ride.

Similar Products Used: Honeyrun, 4winds
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5
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2
unipedal   Downhiller [Apr 26, 2007]

Bittersweet is the Jams! The construction is non-invasive on the local ecology, and it is largley invisible if you are not directly on it. Nice job on the actual trail itself too. The aggregate is perfect all the way through. Q3 is Awesome! Killer stunts, and a vert ramp in the middle of the woods! Great flow from start to finish! Be a man!

Customer Service

Q1 through the end of Q4. It's directional. When finished, proceed to Miller's Landing for cold ones served by hot ones!

Similar Products Used: The next best thing is probably Chubb trail in St. Louis.
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5
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3
ZOOM-DH   Cross Country Rider [Mar 31, 2007]

I don't know why this trail includes the word "bitter" in it because there isn't anything bitter about this trail. This trail is awesome.

My buddies and I have ridden this trail several times and I just don't think it's possible for it to get muddy. We have ridden right after heavy rains and even during heavy rains and the trail sheds water like you wouldn't believe. I think those guys at Oz Cycles must spray the trail with Rain-X or something.

The trail is divided in to four quadrants (Q1-Q4) and if my memory is correct, Q4 is the quadrant with some really cool challenges including a wooden berm (almost like a wall ride), several jumps, a few nice drops (one that is around 6 feet) and a couple tree-rides. They are really moving things forward down there to include trails for everyone.

The other quadrants range from beginner to intermediate in skill level and none of the drops on Q4 will sneak up on you; everything is pretty easy to see as you approach it. There are a couple of elevated ladder bridges to get across creeks so just take a look at them before you ride them and determine if you're up to riding them or walking them.

If it's too wet to ride your trails, give the guys at Oz Cycles a call before you head down and get the 411 on their trails. Most likely they will have great trails and all the bike goodies you will need for a day of singletrack bliss. I'm gonna give the Bittersweet 4 out of 5 chilis because I want to see more drops and jumps!!

Customer Service

Just park at Carl's grocery store (they have awesome pre/during/post-ride chicken strips!) and drop in to the trail. Keep riding until you have ridden quadrants 1-4. You will have to cross a couple of low-traffic roads to get from one trail to the other but it's hard to get lost at the Bittersweet.

Similar Products Used: I don't know, I never get tired of riding the Bittersweet. I've heard there are several other great trails down there, though.
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4
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3
mountainblur   Weekend Warrior [Nov 17, 2006]

The trail was sweet. I was in the neighborhood and it just rained the night before. It was in great condition. The trail was fast, fun and a bit of technical stuff. Great trail.

Customer Service

per bike shop

Similar Products Used: SAC river
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5
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4
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