Binder Lake Trail - Trail, Jefferson City, Missouri

Binder Lake Trail - Trail, Jefferson City, Missouri

DESCRIPTION

The Binder Lake Trail consists of several loops of varying difficulty. Each loop can be ridden a number of times or strung together as a tour of the entire trail system. Features include log piles, a boardwalk, rocky climbs and descents, and a unique track right along the eastern edge of the lake. The trail is generally tight and twisty with numerous switchbacks and many swoops through drainages. Plan to spend several hours exploring all it has to offer. Bathroom facilities and water are available at the trailhead during warm seasons.

USER REVIEWS

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[Nov 09, 2011]
stmshovel
Cross Country Rider

--TRAIL UPDATE-- Binder Lake Trail is now approximately 13.5 miles of sweet, twisty, tight, single track for riders of all levels. Designed as a stacked loop system, BLT (because like a BLT everybody loves it and it's oh so satisfying) has something for everyone. You won't find another trail that gives you this much in a city park where your never more than 5 minutes from your car. Spider webs? Really? There are rocks, dirt and trees too! Spider webs! BLT usually gives up at least 200 days of unforgettable rides per year.
NOTE TO ALL Mountain Bikers--- Please, please, please don't ride wet trails. Someone has to give up their valuable riding time to fix what you tear up.

Customer Service

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday one way, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday the opposite. The next week repeat.

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Most in missouri are pretty enjoyable but leave me longing for BLT.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Nov 08, 2011]
CFM
Cross Country Rider

There is about 13.5 miles of trail for all levels of ability. Singletrack is smooth and flowing, well maintained by a local group (Osage Region Trail Association - ORTA). The Yellow and Red loops provide more technical challenge for the experienced rider. Plan to spend an afternoon exploring the different parts and expect to see other trail users.

Customer Service

Most people start at the kiosk near the old bait shop. Veer right upon entering the woods and follow the western halves of the Green and Blue loops to the other end of the park. Cross over Rainbow Drive at the south entrance and take the small bridge into the Red loop. When you spill back out on Rainbow Drive take a right across the causeway and turn left into the drive leading to the campground. The trail will veer off this road into the field to enter the woods. A short way in turn right and follow the trail around until you dump out at the entrance again. Recross the causeway and climb the field to continue with the eastern halves of the Blue and Green loops back to the kiosk.

Similar Products Used:

Rock Bridge State Park Trails, Columbia
West Edgewood Trail, Jefferson City
Cedar Creek Trail from the Pine Ridge Campground, Guthrie

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Dec 21, 2010]
swpisstol
Cross Country Rider

First and foremost: I'm writing this review because I have ridden BLT since 1995 and have had the great pleasure of observing its development from a scant 3 mile loop, to it's current (roughly 12 mile) distance. Although I currently reside and ride in Northern California and have had very little time on BLT in the last two years or so, I still find this to be one of my favorite trails (with a bias of this being my home trail). It is well laid out with a great flow. It holds up well to the elements partially due to the loamy soil, and in part to a very sustainable layout thanks to some well educated trail designers . It is challenging enough without depleting you for the drive home. The trail is well taken care of by the locals but do expect some sections to have some standard fatigue from time to time. Talk to Nick at Red Wheel for recommended routes. And yes, spiders do feast well on this trail in the morning (get over it, you're in their territory, and this is some nice, tight singletrack). This is simply a trail to appreciate that can be consistently ridden without a lot of fuss or destruction to your bike. It does have the presence of quintessential XC riding wrapped in an easy-access package.

Similar Products Used:

Rock Bridge. Finger Lakes (more motorcycle oriented). Rhett's run.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 04, 2010]
boycow0109
Racer

Love this trail.
I've been on many trails in Wisconsin, IL and Missouri and this trail is in my top 5.
If you're the first person on the trails in the early morning, well you're screwed b/c the spiders create more webs than ANY trail I've ever been on.
I rode Monday July 26th, first person out, cleared all the trails but had to ditch the clear oakley as the webs leave residue. It's a little unnerving to say the least, but it's the price you pay for a great all-round ride. I got back to the car to see a guy getting ready to hit the trail as I was ready to quit but decided to do the entire course one more time after I did such a great job of removing the webs.
Thanks to everyone for creating and keeping Binder alive.
Switchbacks, quick climbs, fast descents, hardpack, fixed rock and some loose - you get everything except sand.

Customer Service

Do them all at least twice. I had no problem clocking average speed of 9+ mph

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Rockbridge is a nice cruiser, Rhett's run has some fun challenges but too choppy to get in nice flowing sessions.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 16, 2008]
badbiker
Weekend Warrior

If you enjoy spider and web dinners you'll love this trail! The first 2 loops were web free, but the third or fourth south of the trailhead at the tackle shop was filled with webs. I nearly died once because I closed my eyes upon seeing a magnificently large web and spider and when I opened them I was inches from one of the largest rock dropoffs at the park...if nothing else the spider webs add a degree of difficulty. but i call it suckiness. a great cross country course besides the spiderwebs. fairly flowing, somewhat twisty. some loose rock, some boulders, mostly dirt. basically teh spiderwebs ruined it for me. that third trail was very overgrown too. we'll see what kind of rashes i get. overgrowth and webs ruined it for me. very disappointed. if you live in jeff city go for it, otherwise i don't think its worth more than a 20 minute drive.

Customer Service

only the first to loops unless you like spiders.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 23, 2008]
Aaron Mihalevich
Cross Country Rider

Some of the best trails that I have ridden. Has a little something for everyone, from easy ridding to nice and technical.

Customer Service

Green trail to blue. Great challenging work out.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 20, 2008]
b keyte
Cross Country Rider

Born n' raised in Jefferson City, have been in Chicago for the last 10 years. Let me say wow! I loved Binder...it has been waaaay too long.
Started on Yellow Course (this was June 7th) in the early morning (had to wrap it up before a wedding at 3:00pm) and had a workout! Slick trail, fixed rocks that were wet, nearly drop in the lake a few times, put the Specialized Epic Marathon Carbon '08 to the full test! Whacked a few trees with my bars. Overall, it was excellent and a complete workout. Hit the other side of the lake for some twist. Highly advise riding this area. Note: Weather was hot, but perfect and I was the only rider out there!

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 21, 2007]
f3rg
Cross Country Rider

I've ridden R.B. park in Columbia for years, and lately began riding Rhett's Run at Cosmo Park. If you've ridden R.B., you know it's not very technical--to the point of being boring at times. And if you've ridden Rhett's and seen how technical and twisty it is, and wondered why R.B. was laid out so badly in comparison, well Binder is the answer to, "What would R.B. be like if it was laid out like Rhett's?"

I started on the Green trail and followed that to the Blue. The full loop is something like 7 miles. This whole place is very well done! Every switchback is followed shortly by another, to the point you begin to wonder if it'll ever end... unfortunately, it does. It's an awesome ride, and probably the best trail system I've ever been on. I love all the log bridges and the fact they leave a lot of smaller fallen trees over the trail. I just wish I didn't have to do the Columbia-Jeff City drive to get to ride there.

I can't comment on the Red trail since I didn't ride it, but the Yellow trail was badly marked and annoyed me to no end. I ended up making a wrong turn and inadvertently headed right back to the parking lot after only a mile. I'm sure it'd be better if it was either marked better or if I rode with someone who already knows the trail.

Customer Service

Counter clockwise on the Green to the Blue. Always stick to the right and you'll make it back eventually.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 23, 2007]
SPShocker91
Weekend Warrior

This is my hometown track and I ride it alot... The markings arnt the best but Ive only got lost once so I guess thats not too bad and that was my first time riding it... You can get maps and you wont get lost This is generally a easy place to ride but it has some technicle sections.... This was the first track I ever rode and I had some problems at fisrt but now i can breeze threw all of the trails (except a fer alternatie roughts) This Trail is alot of fun for me now and was alot of fun when I started...I reccomend binder trails to anyone of any skill level

Customer Service

I prefer the Red trail.... It is alot of fun with a lot of ditches and just some un things to fire on I also like the green or blue trail (its not very well marked) but it has some jumps and a lot of cool bridges.... the red trail is entered over a log bridge from the main binder rode and to get to the green or blue you go threw a field to the inlet whitc you take a right off the main rode to find (there is a small sighen)

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
[Jun 16, 2007]
James
Weekend Warrior

Very well groomed and marked trail! I started at the green trailhead and worked my way around the blue trial then cut across to the red trail. The red trail was the most difficult one with some big flat rocks and deep but empty creek beds but it was a blast. I would highly recommend this trail for someone just starting or even someone that has some real skill. It was a lot of fun!

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
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