Trail of the Four Winds-Lake Ozark State Park - Trail, Osage Beach, Missouri

Trail of the Four Winds-Lake Ozark State Park - Trail, Osage Beach, Missouri

DESCRIPTION

All singletrack, of varying difficulty. Basically a big loop, with several smaller loops connecting to it. Easy to bail out of most areas. This is Karst topography, which means ROCKY!! This trail is challenging and fast for a serious rider, but is rideable by average riders at slower speeds. There are horses sometimes, so the trail condition varies, but mostly good. Excellent for night riding. Bring water, and you will get ticks in the summer unless you never stop. This trail is what its all about: rough, fast, big hills, and silly-fast descents.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 06, 2014]
Blake
Cross Country Rider

I rode the south loop from the parking lot on the west side of 134, just south of the trail center building. There were two short sections of mediocre single track, but 60 to 75% of my ride was just rutted-out fall-line double-track. For the most part, the trail was straight as an arrow, completely monotonous (in terms of both terrain and scenery), ambiguously marked, and virtually unmaintained. It also (so far as I can tell) wasn't a loop. The orange blazes that supposedly demarcate the "loop" lead me first to a dead-end overlook where I had to retrace my steps, and then eventually to Ridge Crest Road, where I had to retrace basically my entire ride.

I logged my ride with Strava, and noticed afterwards that there is basically no Strava activity on Trail of the Four Winds. This matches my experience on the trail. I didn't see any MTB tracks. Just hoof-prints.

Customer Service

Just avoid the south loop. (As a result of covered or missing blazes, misleading signage and/or no signage at all, I ran out of time to ride the north loop. But given that there is only one Strava entry for the north loop, I suspect that local riders aren't spending their time at Trail of the Four Winds.)

Similar Products Used:

Honey Run.

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1
VALUE
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3
[Jul 29, 2010]
mcturner
Weekend Warrior

Update on OZ cycles and trail maps. The State Park now has excellent maps overlaid on topo contours. Go to the entrance off of 42 and 134 and look for the little "trails center" building which is a small log cabin located on the main entrance road past the park office building. Each trail has a separate 8 1/2 x 11 page you can grab for free. Take only what you need.

Lots of reviews below suggest stopping at OZ cycles. Apparently Tim is no longer there and I got very little help from the dude in the store. In fact, I left feeling like the guy really didn't want me riding in his State. I asked about 2 other rides, 1 of which I now suspect is an illegal trail called Bittersweet. I needed a spare helmet for a friend and a replacement UST tire but I'll look for another shop to spend my money. Too bad but I won't stop supporting local shops.

Similar Products Used:

Honey Run is the only other trail in Lake of the Ozarks State Park that is open to mountain bikes. See trail maps at trail center.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[May 31, 2009]
MtnSpectre
Cross Country Rider

Just got home from riding here. Bring some off? Ha ha ha, that won't help and not stopping won't help either. I lost count how many ticks I was pulling off. I'm sure I'll find some more. I rode it counter-clock wise, don't know if it makes that much of a difference. It is rocky and there are some areas that are still pretty muddy and with the horse traffic....blah in those areas. Don't know what was up, but today there was noone except me and the ticks on this trail. Lots of ups and downs. The ups were rocky and rooty along with the mud churned up from the horses, made for a cardio kick me in the arse ride. The downs were fun as they usually always are. I only ate it once and that was my fault, riding into a bunch of leaves that was hiding a ditch. Wouldn't have happened if I had stayed on the right path but to me wrecking is part of what riding is about. Think I'll try it clock wise next time like the guys at Oz Cycles suggested.

Similar Products Used:

Bittersweet and Honey Run

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RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 12, 2009]
jordanbonnot
Downhiller

I rode Trail of 4 Winds yesterday and it was muddy and wet! I had a blast though. It was a good ride. I will wait a couple of days after it rains to go though next time. Bring a lot of water. When you park at the TH, start on the trail that does not have a sign for TH. I got a map from the park and it was not quite acurate. I think I ended up on the yellow trail, not really sure. Watch for the horse poop and bring lots of water. Put on some OFF! too.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 07, 2008]
Hammer71
Racer

Four Winds is in great shape. Phat Tire Hillbillies has recently spent many hours cleaning and grooming this multi-use trail. Midwest Fat Tire Series just completed their last race of the year here and out of the 50 plus racers only one finished the 12 mile course in under on hour. Bring plenty of water and a firm grip. Dan @ Oz Cycles(573.964.7000) has maps of all the trails at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Customer Service

Hwy 42 to 134 to the trail head on top of the hill on the right. Go down the fire road and take the first right into the trail.Have fun and enjoy all the hard work fellow mtn bikers have put in to make this the nexr best trail in Missouri.

Similar Products Used:

Honey Run, Binder Lake( Jeff City) Rhetts Run ( Columbia)

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 14, 2007]
EclipseRoadie
Weekend Warrior

This trail has some real technical stuff at times and I would plan to make a day of it if you intend on riding the whole thing. Also, horse damage has gotten particularly bad and that combined with recent rain makes parts of this trail unrideable. So, there is some hike-a-bike. Otherwise, there are some real fast downhills on this trail.

Similar Products Used:

Honeyrun, Bittersweet

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 24, 2007]
spacedive
Weekend Warrior

Worth the trip from anywhere in a 200 mile radius.
This trail offers diverse terrain features, with varying difficulty.
I believe the guy at Ozark Cyclery said it best "You'll learn a thing or two on that trail." He was right. There are some monster hills in some spots with loose rocks on the surface. Although, most of the hills allow runway at the bottom, so you don't have to worry bashing into trees. This is a very fun and fast trail. In most places the trail is wide and well-kept. There are areas where horses have really trampled. Be weary of hitting this trail after a rain, as the spots lock in the water and makes you feel like you're riding through a trough. The map that they hand out at Ozark Cycles is decent but is not very descriptive. It is printed in black and white copy, and has no landmark identification labeling. We ended up off their route quite often.. TICKS! You WILL get them on this trail. Between me and my buddy, we pulled off at least 100 of them. Long socks and bug spray will help.

Customer Service

Get the map at Ozark Cyclery, but ask them to explain the route thoroughly. It is a good route. But, like I said previously, the map is not the easiest to follow.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 09, 2003]
Eddie
Cross Country Rider

One of the better new trails I tried out this summer. It has a good length and a good difference in terrain. A few good climbs with some decents you can really let the bike carry you down.

Customer Service

Get the map from Oz Cycles on Hwy 54.

Similar Products Used:

This is the only trail I've ridden in the Ozarks so far.

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Dec 22, 1998]
pete and natalie

the trail is very rocky with some very tough climbs.
Unless you are Hans, you will carry your bike both up and down some of the time. In the summer parts of the trail may be taken over by weeds and tick infested. Bring some bug spray. Its probably a great trail in the late Fall or Winter

Customer Service

stop at the bike shop in osage beach to get a detailed map, if you like climbing go clockwise,otherwise ones just as good as the next

Similar Products Used:

Any of the electrical service roads. There are a lot of little off shoots to have fun on.

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RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Jan 16, 1999]
Barry

Although I rode this in early Spring, it was still frustrating. Chewed up ground, poor signing and lots of loose, softball-sized stones. It seemed obvious that this trail gets little bike traffic. Still, it's worth doing if you're in the area and have an open mind. Be sure to pick a map at the trailhead. Also, check out Ozark Bicycles at the junction of Hwys 54 & 42, across from KFC (573/348-6221)

Customer Service

As with many of the State Parks, the best riding is where the horses AREN'T. This isn't the only trail at this park ... (Squaw's Revenge?)

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3
VALUE
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