Kennewick State Patrol - Zintel Canyon Dam - Trail, Kennewick, Washington

Kennewick State Patrol - Zintel Canyon Dam - Trail, Kennewick, Washington

DESCRIPTION

You start out dropping on to Big Tire for a short 10-15 minute ride to the top and then wind your way through the sage and pick a downhill trail from 8 or 9 different trails, ride across the bottom and back up to come down another trail - we generally consider a moderate ride 2 ups and 2 downs in an hour, clocking 7-8 miles. If your looking for technical then Slick rock is thrail for you. It's on the opposite side of the canyon and is quite a climb and drop off. Bring water and tools the ride site is about 3-5 miles from town. Trail maps are available at trailhead. Another good practice bring a snakebite kit, we ocassionally see a rattler or two crossing the trail or hiding just off of them. These trails are available virtually year round and are even more fun for night riding - See you out there real soon. I've actually heard people say our trails are comparable to or better than Moab, UT.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jan 12, 2014]
XCRIder
Cross Country Rider

The area known as the "State Patrol Trails" is privately owned, but is not on property owned by the Owens, Blairs or Bowers. Their land is to the east and southeast. The SP trails are private nonetheless and everyone needs to get along. MX riders do occasionally ride the "State Patrol Trails", but primarily ride more on the private property east and south of Olympia Street. They are great guys and have kept the trails South and East of Olympia Street rideable and knock down the weeds. Also, when they occasionally ride the "State Patrol Trails", they help knock the sharp edges of the berms. Most of the area landowners have been gracious regarding access and most of the land is un-fenced and un-posted. That is unheard of in most of the country. All the land in the highlands south of Kennewick needs to be treated with respect, including that owned by Nowak, Blair, Goodman, Bowers, Bateman, Owens, Knutson, Schmelzer, Kennewick General Hospital, and a host of others. THANKS!

The majority of the singletrack known as the "State Patrol Trails" was in fact blazed in the last 15-20 years by mountain bikers on approximately 2-3 square miles of private land. It is a moot point, however, as a big chunk of the land is presently up for sale and will soon be developed unless bikers, hikers, runners, dog walkers, MX riders, etc. let the Kennewick City Council and Benton County Commissioners know that it needs to be preserved for outdoor recreation and wildlife habitat. Otherwise kiss it goodbye soon. A potential buyer for the two big parcels currently FOR SALE (500 Acres), which contain some of the most popular and well used trails, could easily decide to immediately fence it off and post NO TRESPASSING signs.

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5
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3
[Jan 11, 2013]
danny
Racer

To all the peddle pushers................
You must not act like you own this trail system, the trails you ride are trails my good friends made years and years ago on dirt bikes.. Yep that's right dirt bikes not bicycles.
My friends are the Bowers family that live on lump off joe and the Owens family at the end of Owens rd and the Blair family on Less Blair rd..
They are the land owners to this day so you better fill privileged you get to ride somewhere this nice close to town...
So next time you go for a ride and you see a dirt bike don't act like your the trail boss'es, just remember who made the trail you are riding on before you stop a dirt biker...
I'm look forward to seeing you guys out there but not in a hostile manner..
FYI... With the snow melting off the dirt has been great super traction no dust...

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5
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5
[May 04, 2011]
jlf.ski.bike.sail
Downhiller

State patrol is primarily very tame and flowy single track. lots of small climbs and fast turny descents.

Starting in May of 2010 there have been several freeride type features added to the trail system. Primarily on Fred and Johns, and Slime.

as of today there is a large wooden hip, one wooden table top, and two large wooden drops. There are about 30 dirt jumps varying from 3 to 15 foot gaps. Most of the features on are Fred and Johns and Slime, however there are a few jumps on skateboard as well.

I would say that there are enough features to occupy a good bike rider/ dirt jumper for an entire saturday. as long as you throw in a couple clmibs and descents on some of the fun trails like xcut and baha.

Customer Service

Park at the southwest corner ("top" of trail system). Ride southern most trail to top of fred and johns trail head. go down fred and johns and session for a while. Then climb back up and hit up xcut (the next run over from fred and johns) This is a really fast and tight turning single track, little bit of climbing at the bottom. At some point (near the end of the trail) you will come to a double wide fire road type of trail. Take a right on it, then take your first right on the next single track. Take this back to the top (gonna be a decent climb). Then take left at the top and ride southern most trail till it ends and you see a sign for skate board. Skate board has a drop into a step up/double into two doubles into larger step up. Once done their head east till you get to another trail pointing south, then climb back up to the southern most trail again (heads east to west), then take a left on that and head to your last trail (farthest east), slime. Session slime for a while. This ride should occupy someone for atleast 1.5 to 2.5 hrs, depending on if your in good shape for the climbs.

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4
VALUE
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3
[May 19, 2010]
pnwdave
Cross Country Rider

Trailhead: Turn east off Hwy 395 at the State Patrol sign. You can park at the barricade area just off the freeway. This puts you on a flat area overlooking the lower half of the trail area, so your final ride is downhill with a quick climb to the top.
Take water. There's not a tree anywhere on the place. If it is hot and dry, some of the track (much of the lower end) will get ridiculously soft and sandy.

Customer Service

Head uphill: The first established trail N out of the flat area is Easy Way. It is a flat, steady climb without much view, but it's fast. At the edge of the slope off the flat area is a downhill singletrack heading N; this is the lower end of Big Tire. Big Tire is a relatively flat, steady climb with curves and scenery (if you like sagebrush and wildflowers), but yield to downhill traffic, because they are usually hauling.
Big Tire, Fred-N-Jon's, and Skateboard have dirt jumps. Big Tire has some wood ramp jumps under construction. Every jump can be bypassed on the trail.
Fred-N-Jon's and Skateboard have some rock exposure. The rock is pointy basalt. Skateboard has a rocky slope approx 4' high that can be jumped or taken on a diagonal.
Woody's and Freeway are at the top of Easy Way and the other trails can be reached from them. They are twisty good fun.
BT2 and X-Cut are good rolling downhills with switchbacks and descents, good places to show newbies what fun a real trail can be, without getting them bloody and making them hate it.

Similar Products Used:

Echo OR trails: Very similar. They have a couple XC bike races during the year.
Chamna Preserve trails, Richland WA: Nearby, but flat. Trees and river scenery.

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4
VALUE
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3
[Nov 18, 2009]
CBizkit
Downhiller

These trails started off as just fun cross-country single track trails. In the past few years there has been a movement building in this area, new lines have appeared with jumps and drops. You can find these new lines on SkateBoard, Big Tire, and Stinky Finger... I hope everyone can appreciate the movement, it's the new mountain biking, going fast and getting air. As long as everyone rides responsibly and maintains the integrity of the trails and the property I think all riders can co-exist...

Customer Service

Big Tire, Skateboard, and Stinky Finger.

Similar Products Used:

Not in this area but Whistler BC!

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4
VALUE
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4
[Mar 19, 2009]
NC2WA
Cross Country Rider

I'm a local here and know the trail system well. These trails are good to ride Fall-Winter-Spring, in the Summer some areas do get sandy.
The review below is accurate, but omits the ONE excellent trail on the north side fo the canyon, variously named "slickrock" or "tailpipe". It climbs the ridge over lots of basalt rock, and is real singletrack the whole way. You eventually summit a minor ridge and see the city of Kennewick laid out before you. I think that it's about 400 feet of climbing over 1.25 miles.

Customer Service

Usually do an out-and-back route.
You get to it by decending one of the trails(e.g. Big Tire, Fred 'n John's, Baja, X-Cut, etc.) on the south (main) side of the canyon. You come out at the dry creek bed and an obvious doubletrack goes right or left. Left heads downhill to the dam, right goes uphill towards southeast. Take a right and head up the doubletrack (unless you decended Slime or Lost and Found then go left and down). You want do take a left onto another doubletrack and then a quick left onto the singletrack-both of these climb quickly out of the canyon. Landmarks: You will see some high-voltage electric lines running across the canyon and some white marble looking stones in the path. This is where to turn off the canyon doubletrack. Once you're on the singletrack just follow it up and around as it skirts the ridge and crosses a couple of doubletracks. You know you are at the end when you are on the "summit" of the ridge. You could continue riding on the doubletracks that are around here, but I usually turn around and head back the way I came...

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4
VALUE
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4
[Feb 24, 2009]
debusama
Cross Country Rider

I go there a few times a year for winter training while the trails around Spokane are still under a layer of snow. This is basically the gorge of a dry creek. There is a trail along the top of one rim of the gorge with many other trails shooting off of it and descending to the bottom. On the other side of the gorge, there is a housing development and there are some not-so-maintained routs straight down the wall of the gorge. I suggest staying on the side that doesn’t have the development.

The trails are fun, fast and curvy. There are no trees to hit and the landing is pretty soft so you can really push your cornering limits, and learn exactly where they are without fear of smacking into a tree or rock, or flying off a cliff. It is a great place to build skills and get some exercise during the winter. There is nothing here that will blow your mind, but it's worth doing, and for me, it’s worth the two hour drive when my favorite local spots are buried in Snow. I only go there during the winter, but I can imagine how it would be sandy during the summer.

Customer Service

Take the trail off to the right from the parking area. The trail winds around a bit. Stay on the single track, the double tracks are too torn up by ATVs and such to be much fun. The trail meets a paved road and goes along the side of it for a few hundred yards before turning left, passing the “no trespassing” sign that everyone ignores and going along the rim. Along the way there are a bunch of trails marked with artsy little wooden signs (Baja, bump n’ grind…ext). Pick a trail and have fun. Once you are at the bottom there is no easy way back up and you’ll probably have to walk parts of it (If you don’t, I’d like to know what tires you’re running) Rinse, lather, repeat...

Similar Products Used:

near the tri-cities... I don't know. In eastern Wa: Mt Spokane, Riverside state park,Beacon hill, south hill.

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4
VALUE
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3
[Sep 25, 2001]
Will

We were headed on a 6 hr road trip for a day of riding. As we were leaving Kennewick on the HWY, the rig broke down. Crazy enough there were 2 guys on bikes in the feild next to the HWY. Thats how we found it.

No trees, a few basketball sized rocks. Pretty cool. Dont bother in the summer unless you live there-very sandy. If you live up north, its not a bad drive for some dirt when the snow starts to fly.

As good as Moab, not quite and Moab is not that great either.

Customer Service

Go ride. Not hard but fun in the winter when there is snow everywhere else. There is nothing challenging here but the trails roll fast and fun keeping it livly. The 'slick rock' trail that locals think is super hard, is not. Hard to tell that there are slight up and downs there since from the highway, it looks flat - like any desert.

Similar Products Used:

I doubt there are any other trails in the area except Finley, and the tallest treeless Mtn in the U.S.

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2
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[Dec 20, 2001]
Don

This is no Moab and does not compare to Northern cal.(Redding, Shasta Lake, Whiskey Town)
For this area, you will not find better riding. It looks flat when driving by, but has some nice rolling climbs and some fast downhills. Perfect for beginners or someone wanting to get in a good quick workout. When you are done, drive to Hermiston for food at Obie's.
all the bikers hang there. Chance is Obie will be there and he is the local pro.

Customer Service

same

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3
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[Apr 14, 2003]
Adam Leahy

The main hill-side has lots of smooth, s-turn stuff. I found a sweet, big ring, gradual descent with some really fun jumps. Not crazy drops, but the speed available makes them very lively. A little exploring around the dam will find some really tight, and nasty (rocky), ascents/descents. I was there in April, the word is that it gets pretty dusty out there in the summer. I rode for about an hour and half, non-stop, and didn't get over the same trail too much, and mostly saw xc style trails. The sage brush there is pretty amazing to see. I didn't expect this desert area to be so scenic. If you are in the area, this is a must ride. It is probably important to emphisize that for best results try and get here from October to May. The locals say that summer on this trail set is significantly less fun. This is a beginner to expert trail set.

Customer Service

Take a couple of hours and explore.

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5
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