Dornwood Park - Trail, Topeka, Kansas

Dornwood Park - Trail, Topeka, Kansas

DESCRIPTION

Fast switchbacks and whoop-di-dos. Some fast technical, but nothing really too tough. Wooded area, the trails run along Deer Creek. Fun and fast. For info on other trails in the Topeka area see Dirt Rag Mag August 98 # 67 issue

USER REVIEWS

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[Dec 31, 2012]
rynoman03
Weekend Warrior

Nice flowing trails, sweet dropin's, quick switchbacks, and some rocky rooty single track. This trail has it all. I've been trying to ride this trail once a week when I can. It definitely tests my noob ability. There are some good climbs and some nice downhill that will really test your brakes too!
As Slakjak mentioned below it is truly a Jekyl and Hyde set of trails.

The trail maintenance team is really working on revamping old abandoned trails and making new ones all the time. I rode one today that one of the gentlemen just completed recently.

Give this trail a go it's a blast every time!

Customer Service

Take an immediate left after passing the green trail signage and follow the trail with the black arrows pointing the way. Then ride the trail going south toward the south west side of the big wooden bridge. It will take you on the more rocky trails on the south side of the park. While its more technical there and you do more climbing it's a pretty fun ride over some creek beds and wooden bridges.

Make sure and ride through and around the old dairy barn for some neat technical riding.

Similar Products Used:

Governor's or Menniger's, Landon Nature Trail, Lawrence River Trails.

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5
VALUE
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3
[Nov 26, 2012]
slakjak
Weekend Warrior

This was my first ride out there but I do plan on making it weekly. I thought it was a Jekyll and Hyde. Nice and easy mixed in with challenging and difficult. There are portions where you can really open up and then there are those places where you are almost stopped trying to get around a corner. I'm pretty new at this trail stuff but if I can master the techniques needed to ride this trail, I think I will feel comfortable anywhere.

Customer Service

Will certainly try to follow the recommended posted route next time. I could tell that the trail favored that direction. It is easy to go off a log jump downhill but impossible to climb over it going uphill.

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Some of the trails at the Governor's residence and the adjoining State Park have similar technical challenges but I like the Dornwood surfaces better.

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RATING
4
VALUE
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3
[Sep 02, 2009]
expostdelirium
Weekend Warrior

i've ridden a bike on these trails off-and-on for more than 30 years, and closer to 35 years. i rode them in grade school, i rode them during breaks while i was in college, and i've recently rediscovered them! lots has changed, but some of the coolest features and main parts of the trail from my childhood are still present. people have developed it quite a bit in the last 10 to 15 years from what i've seen. this has been very well maintained as of late.

the talk of this not being in the best part of town is what makes this the best trail in town. there is no competition for trail space. unless you count the spiders, and i'd rather have them than a bunch of people ushering their "cute" kids around. i have seen evidence of riders being there, but besides the guys i ride with, i haven't seen anyone else there on a bike.

there ARE technical sections, and as the trail ages and erodes in some places, challenges may change a bit from week to week. it doesn't matter what you like to ride, this trail has a little bit of everything. i can't even decide what my favorite part is, so that must mean that i like the whole thing. i WILL say that there's a section that's southeast of the diamonds that basically zig-zags through a glorified pasture that's not so fun, but i'm sure some people like that kind of riding, and in 95-degree heat, it IS quite challenging. it is easy to get there. you can "drop in" at the tall, gate-like structure all the way to the right along the wall of the dairy barns. this is a fun way to enter the trail. you will be going downhill, there are curves and there are structures (phone poles lengthwise across the trail to stop erosion) that you can huck and drop off of. there are big exposed roots and some rocks down that way too. if you cross the bridge and go right you will be headed in the right direction to catch the pasture loop.

i suggest riding the same parts multiple times and taking a different turn each time so that you can learn what features you like and how to get to them. there are fairly short sections and little rides in there but the variety is amazing and will test and/or thrill most riders.

Customer Service

there are too many good routes in there to suggest one. i like to choose the trail furthest to the left (enter going north), and keeping left as much as possible. it is fast but there are some fun little features and switchback in there. "door 2" is also kinda fun. it's the second, or "middle" door in the front of the stone barn. enter that door, and continue straight back to "the back porch". you'll find a fun little path back there. you can also come up behind "door 3" if you look around.

Similar Products Used:

river trail in lawrence. not as "chill" as it was in the eighties and nineties, and not as fun (IMO) since the floods, but probably better-maintained and ridden since clubs have taken over stewardship.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 22, 2008]
Pedal Power 44
Weekend Warrior

Fast paced, easy to manouver. Lots of fun. My first time there I picked up a good sized thorn in my rear tire. So be sure that you have some thick inner tubes. Or be ready to walk and miss out on a great ride.

Customer Service

ALL OF THEM

Similar Products Used:

Landon Trail

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1
VALUE
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3
[Aug 24, 2007]
thedigitel

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5
[Mar 11, 1999]
Bob Juillerat

Fun trail. Lots of beginer trails. Some more advanced but none very difficult. Follows and crosses creek bed in many spots so be prepared to get wet after rains. Stays muddy in places for some time.

Similar Products Used:

Clinton Lake, Lawrence KS

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RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Aug 14, 1999]
Brian

I was visiting and found out about this place through the local bike shop. (Capp's Bike Shop) Which, by the way, is one of the most helpful and knowledge shops I have ever been in. Good trails. There are numerous trails that all weave together. Ride with a local if you can. They can show you a good route. Some good technical parts. Great place to ride for being in town.

Similar Products Used:

Perry Lake

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RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Feb 15, 2000]
Jason

This is the first time that I rode this trail and I didn't think much of it. I thought that it was pretty boring, mybe because I am used to trails in Colorado when I go on vacation. This was just a trail that I thought might be a test for my new bike, but it wasn't. The best thing that I found on this trail was a small drop off which was just a dryed up creek bed.

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Haven't been to any yet.

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2
VALUE
RATING
[Nov 12, 2000]
Jerry

The first section of trail starts off fairly easy but has some good climbs and switchbacks with some rocky areas, it is about a 2 mile loop back to the barn and down to the bridge. The second section is pretty flat with a log jump and some nice drop ins along an old creek bed, just less than 2 miles. The third section starts off pretty easy with a fun run through an often dry creek bed and some short climbs. There are some short, rocky climbs in this section that are sort of challenging. It is about 2.5 miles on this part.

I ride this trail 3-4 times a week, it is a great trail for being right in town. If you are a bicycle god this trail might be too easy, but for most people it is an interesting and challenging trail. I have ridden Colorado and West Virgina and this is still a fun trail. Some of the other reviews made it sound boring and easy. Try it I think you will like it. I have taken a lot of beginners there and they struggle and usually crash a bunch, so you should be able to handle your bike fairly well to ride this trail.

Customer Service

There are 3 sections to this trail, start on the middle trail to the left of the old dairy barn. Stay left at most intersections and you will have a good route for the first section. As you finish the first section, go through the old barn and down the hill to the bridge, go right and follow trails for the easier second section of trail. You will end up at the bridge again, go left for the 3rd section of trails. Get someone to show you around if you can because the trails weave around and you can miss some good stuff if you don't know where to go.

Similar Products Used:

Lake Perry (great, but rocky 14 miles), Lake Clinton (good, but lots of ticks during the summer months), Governor's or Menniger's (often overgrown by mid-summer, but spring, fall and winter are good) Lawrence River Trail (fast and fun) Shunga Trail (great for kids and beginners who need to learn to handle their bike)

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RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Sep 13, 2002]
PATRICK

I WAS LIVING IN THE AREA FOR A YEAR AND WAS LOOKING FOR A PLACE CLOSE BY TO KEEP THE LEGS FROM GOING FLABBY. SOME FUN CAN BE HAD ON THESE TRAILS IF YOU KEEP A HIGH PACE. LOOK OUT AT STREAM CROSSINGS AFTER RAIN!!! YOU CAN RIDE THROUGH THEM BUT THE DEPTH MAY SURPRISE YOU.

Customer Service

PARK AT THE BASEBALL FIELDS, GO THROUGH OLD BUILDING DOWN SMALL DECLINE AND HAVE FUN. THERE IS SEVERAL ROUTES YOU CAN CHOOSE, BUT THEY ALL END UP BACK AT THE PARKING AREA.

Similar Products Used:

GOVS. HOUSE, SHUNGA, CLINTON LAKE, LAKE PERRY.

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3
VALUE
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