Pipestem Trail-Gear Grinder - TRAIL

Pipestem Trail-Gear Grinder - Trail, Jamestown, Dakota

The trail covers rolling terrain and is approximately 8 miles long. Lots of single track with steep climbs and rocky, technical descents. The first four miles loosen you up and the next four peg your heartrate monitor. Lots of fun and much more technical than the McElroy Park trail.

User Reviews (7)

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legless   Cross Country Rider [Jun 01, 2010]

(A first ride review of the trail on Memorial day.)
Wow this trail stunned me, I live in Bismarck and ride trails there daily. I also used to live in Minneapolis and rode trails there regularly. I've also ridden sections of the Maah Daah Hey like other reviewers and I agree this is a far more challenging ride, aerobically, then anything else I've ridden.

Since it was still early season and I was just recovering from an illness I may have not been able to give it my all, but what a blast! Funnest trail I've ridden overall, including world famous Slickrock.

Each technical decent is a little different and nothing's to difficult, so we could bomb some, brake tap others and one section I crawled slowly down as it was covered with large rocks.

We rode the whole 8 miles since we were out for the day. My friends were happily stunned as well.
Really surprised to not see a single other person out riding as the weather was perfect, low 70's & only a slight breeze(unheard of in ND).

A couple spots with setting water, like the other reviewer stated, during early season.

The water was really a refreshing blast as it was towards the end of our ride.

What a great way to celebrate Memorial day!

Customer Service

I guess when I go back I would skip the outer loop and just hit the inner loop, maybe ride it twice (if I have the energy), it's that fun!

Similar Products Used: Nothing much close to here, everything's a couple hour drive... that's ND for ya.
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5
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4
afungusamongus   Cross Country Rider [Feb 24, 2008]

I live in fargo, and this is the best trail within an hour drive for me. the only trail ive ridden that is any better is lebannon hills in eagan mn. most of the trail is intermediate as far as skill level goes, but you cant let your guard down for too long or you will find yourself in trouble. more hills than anywhere within several hours of driving. dont ride it too soon after the spring melt or you will find yourself riding through about a foot of water for 50 yards at the 3 mile mark. lots of wildlife to see , but wear bright clothes during hunting season.

Customer Service

the race course: outside lap first left at the pine tree by the parking area for the inside lap. if you are looking to kill your legs cross the road after that and find the 5 miles of steep up and downs to the campground.

Similar Products Used: McElroy park is a good warmup or cooldown with tech stuff but without huge hills. paul bunyan state forest by Akley/Park rapids is awesome if you have some guts and bring a compass/gps. Anything in the cities, especially Lebannon hills or Afton Alps
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4
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4
Coach529   Cross Country Rider [Jul 20, 2007]

I am a local here so I ride this course at least once a week. We have a dedicated groups of guys that keep this trail mowed and in tip top shape.

The course has a bit of everything, from fast flowing mowed trail accross the prairie to lung scorching climbs and rocky descents.

We have group rides every Wednesday night usually around 6:30 PM. Come out and join us. Shoot me an email for more info. Mpkfam@msn.com

Customer Service

Start at the trailhead and follow the signs!!

Similar Products Used: McElroy Park
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5
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4
a fungus among us   Weekend Warrior [Oct 01, 2006]

the trails are not well labeled once you are riding, it would have been nice to have seen some kind of markers along the way. fun flowing descents(some with sharp turns at the bottoms) some killer climbs,but not very technical riding untill you get in the trees. the new north ridge trail on the north side is amost completely mowed grass that adds a lot of resistance, it is well marked. i could see this trail being fun once the grass is worn down and some dirt is revealed.

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2
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3
Paul Jensen   Weekend Warrior [Aug 26, 2006]

Having ridden in all of the 2006 MTB points races for North Dakota, I now have a better appreciation for this trail. It's built with an outer and inner loop. The inner loop is about 5 times more difficult than the outside. There are six, 100 foot climbs followed by about four, 100 foot cross cut climbs. A very aggressive rider can do one lap in 36 minutes with 50 being more common. There are three technical descents and two asscents with a good sprinkling of slippery rocks. During the recent 2006 Gear Grinder race, there were a few riders having to stop in the shade to catch their breath and in the expert class they would all stand and attack the hills. A great trail by design, is very well maintained, allows a rider to get close to the Pipestem river and ofter see deer in the area. Maps are available at the trail head in the mail box and there is no fee. This is the best MTB competitive course in the state and one you should put on your to ride list.

Customer Service

The outside is great for moderate riders and is three miles long covering all of the property. This loop can be ridden by itself as it starts and ends in the same general area. Approximate riding time 16 minutes during the race.

The inside, as I said is quite a bit more difficult with the 100 foot climbs and rocky descents. A great design with frequent ravines having three trail crossings. The inside combines climbs, traverses and flat areas for speed.

For the best trail in the state come visit the Pipestem Creek trail near the Pipestem Resevoir.

Similar Products Used: Maah Daah Hey near Medora, White Cloud trail - 10 miles in Jamestown and the North Ridge trail adjacent to the Pipestem Creek trail - 5 miles.
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5
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5
ROAD WARRIOR   Cross Country Rider [Jun 24, 2006]

Trails are an excelent example of what can can be done with a few hundred acres and only 100 ft of elev. change. Trails in the open areas are grassy but kept mowed, trails under the trees are hardpack, but slow to dry. The 5 mile trail on the north side is mainly a cruiser with a few suprises thrown in. Overall a great way to spend a few hrs. Nothing very tec. but sprinting up the short hills will have you feeling it the next day.

Customer Service

8 mile is one way marked at trail head . 5 miler is out and back, or if in a hurry can use dirt rd. as return.

Similar Products Used: not from area but there are trails at a park in town
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4
VALUE
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3
jensen_53   Weekend Warrior [Aug 09, 2005]

I believe the trail is in its third year as of 2005. We ride the trail at Pipesteam about once a week and get as much challenge as we want. The 8 mile course is made up of an outside loop (3 miles) and the inside (the remaining 5). The outside loop is a challenge to younger riders and those at an entry to moderate level. The inside loop is longer and about three times more challenging. It has many hill climbs, technical descents and assents, enough negotiating around rocks and close relations with trees to demand your full concentration. For me, a 51 year old rider of moderate skill, completing a full 8 mile lap without stoping or walking a little is something I've not been able to do yet. I've ridden all 100 miles of the Maah Daah Hey and feel this is more challenging per mile. The trail is right next to the Pipesteam river and is mostly within trees. It's very common to spot deer during your ride. The nice thing about the layout of the trail is it offers you three choices, 1) the outside loop, 2) the inside loop & 3) outside and inside. There is also a new 5 mile trail just across the road that is also very nice. Much thanks to Russ S. for creating and maintaining the trails. This trail is used for the annual mid-August Gear Grinder Race. Search the web for details and stop by if you can.

Customer Service

Outside loop for a moderate to easy ride. Inside loop for a short 5 mile challenge. Both loops for a good workout. There are maps in the mail box at the trail head. The start is next to the road to your right as you look out from the parking area.

Similar Products Used: The 100 miles of the Maah Daah Hey is also a great ride. Many miles of varried terrain. Bring lots of water and have at least three riders in case you need to search for help. North Dakota has many good trails and these two are among the best!
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4
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4
Kent_   Cross Country Rider [May 18, 2005]

There are two routes on this trial, the outer 3 mile loop, or the entire course, which is 8 miles long. The vast majority of the trial is wide, grass-covered singletrack, and there are some sections of short steep climbing and short descents. 98% of the trail is non-techincal singletrack cross-country riding. The grass cover throughout the ride makes it pretty slow and it's hard to get any speed going most of the time. It's also sort of frustrating plodding through flat singeltrack in the middle chain ring at 5 miles an hour. There's some pretty scenery and wildlife viewing, though, and this ride would be a nice break from I-94 if you're coming or going to Medora.

Customer Service

Park at the Pipestem Dam office, cross the road, and just follow the signs. Right before the end of the 3 mile outer loop (back where you started), turn off to the left and continue for the whole 8 mile route.

Similar Products Used: McElroy Park - very limited, but fun.
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3
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3
bridgerboy   Racer [Sep 02, 2004]

This is probably the hardes mtb racing course in ND.

Customer Service

Follow the signs. For an added challenge ride the course backwards!

Similar Products Used: McElroy Park
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4
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4
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