Multiple Trails-mainly in town - TRAIL

Multiple Trails-mainly in town - Trail, Bismarck, Dakota

Here are the in town trails for Bismarck,first Sleepy Hollow Park, nice 3.25ish mile loop, not bad either way though I recommend starting in the NW corner of the parking lot and climbing from there,don''t miss the trees, best ridden from top to bottom.-- BSC trail system, starting to the interstate side of the BSC Bowl ride the trail down under the bridge followed by a steep climb to the other side, stay left, in the meadow overlooking the Missoui river (great at sunset) up to the trees which are full of many trails all worth exploring, along with a climb ahead up to the Indian Village parking lot, the trail can be ridden both ways.--The Zoo-always a challenging short ride it comprises tight trees and jumps in a short course like ride offering multiple routes through the fairly short stand of trees.This trail is a lot of fun, highly recommended. The rrail is best accessed in Seratoma park where the second Zoo entrance is, you''ll find some trees to the south ride the concrete trail ahead and bust into the trees for a smooth fast ride, watch out for logs/trees/bridges/weird obstacles--Mandan has a trail in Sunset park, by the hockey rink, climb the hill right away and enjoy an excellent cross country ride with some sandy spots a few tight trees and a well earned descent--The Dakota Adventist Academy used to support about 20 miles of excellent diverse challenging trail, but when I rode it last (in 2001) it was ridiculously overgrown, however this has been a race course in the past and could be cleaned up now. Take River road north until it meets a highway(forgot name 1804 maybe) take left and follow the river north, there will be a large green sign for the Academy, turn right and follow the gravel road behind the school, climb the big hill in front and descend the back, its really fast and smooth, tons of of other trails, overall,if clean, an excellent and challenging ride--The World, its old,its fun but no wants to tell people, which is nice, so I won''t either.Go if you get the invite, its fun!!!!!!--BSC bonus section-old school double track and steep descents are located behind the BSC bowl between the bowl and the train bridge, the ridgeline trail, accessed from the street south of the bowl riding towards the bridge, features a super steep descent, ride out the first section without brakes or people always flip! This is steep and tough to ride but super fun after you can ride up river to the BSC trails or down river 2-3 miles(downhill paved walking path)to the Zoo.--theMandan side of the river has a cross country ski trail with a jumbp in the middle, the trail is fairly short but fast and fun. On a good day all but the Academy & World can be ridden in one day. Happy Trails (Ride down Washington St (N to S) on the right side for a mildly exciting no dankota townie.

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singletrackaddict   Cross Country Rider [Aug 02, 2005]

Pioneer Park -This is the primary singletrack in Bismarck and is adjacent to the bluffs on the east side (Bismarck) of the Missouri River. This land is owned by the City of Bismarck parks and recreation and saddles the north and south side of I-94. The trail can be ridden from three main access points, 1.) Park in the lot on the north side of the Bismarck State College Football Field and head north (the singletrack will be on the north side of the parking lot access road) 2.) Park in the scenic overlook on the north side of interstate just off of Burnt Boat Drive and ride down into the singletrack from above 3.) Park down by Merriweathers and climb up into the trail from under the Interstate Bridge. This trail is a 4 mile loop of continuous singletrack with a good mix of riding variety. The area has some shaded climbing, a bit of open prairie rolling and plenty of singletrack hugging the side of the bluffs overlooking the Missouri River. A few rock in certain areas and plenty of yucca and silver buffaloberry to welcome you should you move off the singletrack. Riding three of four loops in recommended for a good time. Night riding on this trail is also fun with great views out to the river and beyond. Sleepy Hollow Park -This Park is also owned and operated by the City of Bismarck. Almost all singltrack, although not ridden as frequently as Pioneer Park. About 3.4 miles per loop with some deciduous and evergreen tree riding, but a fair amount of swooping, open singletrack. Moderate climbing which will challenge someone after a few hard laps. This park is located in east-central Bismarck just to the southeast of 26th Street and Boulevard Avenue. Park in the main parking area and ride to the northwest to find where the singletrack crosses the access road to the parking lot, from this starting point ride west and do the loop in a counter-clockwise direction. The world -This riding area is located about 10 miles west of Mandan off of a random interstate exit and south of interstate about 4 miles. This place is wild, unmapped and generally "adventure" type riding. Bring extra tubes, tires, food, gel shots, and a compass. Leave your heart rate monitor and your watch at home, as they will render themselves useless to this type of riding. This stuff is exellent autumn riding with nice view to the Heart River and beyond. Singletrack

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