Jewell Park - Trail, Bellevue, Nebraska

Jewell Park - Trail, Bellevue, Nebraska

DESCRIPTION

Trail starts as gravel double-track winding up the hill and then jumps off into tightly-packed wooded singletrack. Total trail length is about 4.5 miles (though my cycle computer might be off?)laced up and down the hills of 65 acres of city park. Expect a good bit of climbing followed by very fast descents along the contour lines of the hillside. There are a few minor log crossings throughout the trail, but otherwise the trail is not very technical. Just fast. There is no water or bathroom at the trailhead, so you are on your own here.

USER REVIEWS

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[Oct 02, 2010]
Jamminmonkeyshorts
Weekend Warrior

This trail shows you can pack alot in a small area! Don't let the length fool you. It's the most fun you'll have in 4 miles! The trail winds steeply through up and down the bluff. You don't spend much time on a level surface to catch your breath. Once you get to the top of each short, but leg burning climb, you head right back down! Make sure to keep your speed on the downhills, as you are usually met with a steep up on the other side. Be careful on the shorter drops. It's easy to go flying off the trail.

Bring lots of buy spray. Mosquitos are brutal!

Customer Service

From the new parking lot, just follow the trail up the unimproved road to the left. Trailhead is marked to the right just a little ways up.

Similar Products Used:

Swanson, Platte River, Calvin Crest, Tranquility

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 29, 2010]
A-Hol
Cross Country Rider

First ride in Nebraska after moving from Cali. This trail was loads of fun and while short never seemed to end. Lots of quick turns. Not too much climbing. Roots and switch backs on single track, that about sums it up. Reminds me of trails in northern Virginia.

Customer Service

Follow the THOR trail signs. Trail head is just to the southwest of the parking area.

Similar Products Used:

Swanson Park.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 25, 2009]
Goodbarsix
Weekend Warrior

This trail has some very fun and fast downhills, as well as some short but challenging climbs. I was very surprised at how much trail was packed into this small area.

I would recommend this trail for intermediate riders. Nice place to get used to transitioning from a fast downhill to a challenging climb.

Not a very long trail, so do it a few times in a row to get a nice workout.

Very fun!

Customer Service

From the parking lot, follow the cement path and keep a close eye out for the entrance. I believe there was a small sign marking the entrance that was easy to miss.

You will end up exiting in the grass west of the parking lot if you do the entire route.

Similar Products Used:

Tranquility and Lewis and Clark

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 22, 2009]
chrisgardner73
Cross Country Rider

I rode this trail with some buddies for the first time yesterday. This little trail rocks! I just wish it was about twice as long. There are some good (but not too long) climbs, and some really fun downhills. This may not be a good first ride for a new rider, but a great place to hone your skills!

Customer Service

It's a one way trail, so just follow the T.H.O.R. "DIFFICULT" sign from the parking lot by the dog park.

Similar Products Used:

Swanson, Tranquility, Platte River State Park, Lewis and Clark...

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Apr 09, 2009]
Fisherider
Cross Country Rider

Follow the signs since it is a one way trail. Great use of uphill switchbacks and fun twisting descents. Some intense short climbs. Trail is about 4 miles long/lap and it is always fun and interesting. Obviously built for mt. bikers for mt. bikers

Customer Service

Follow the sign out of the paved parking lot off of Combs road at the doq poop park. I did not find forestview Cr. THOR should be updating their website for directions to the park.

Similar Products Used:

Swanson, Tranquility, Branched Oak area 1 is really good and half of area 7 is good. Platte River is one of the best anywhere. THOR does an amazing job of building and maintaining these true mt. bike trails.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Apr 09, 2009]
D Roberts
Cross Country Rider

Well built trail that was obviously made by mountain bikers. Great use of uphill switchbacks and the contours of the park. No climbs are killer, but are intense for their duration. The last mile is a bit of genius working both sides of the ravine. A must ride for anyone in the area.

Customer Service

One way trail so just follow the signs out of the paved parking lot on combs road. Forestview Cr. does not exist. THOR should be updating their website.

Similar Products Used:

Swanson, Tranquility, Platte River is one of the best anywhere. I have heard Lewis and Clark is good. Branched Oak Lake Area 1 is really good and half Area 7 is okay. On shortage of well built trails in the area.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 29, 2007]
Donkay
Cross Country Rider

This trail is a blast, though a short one, for the experienced rider. The park itself consists of one large hill and the valley next to it. There is a gravel road, AKA "cheater's highway" which climbs the hill and splits the park in half. The trail is almost all very tight singletrack with some short segments of gravel road. There are many log crossings, but the only huge one has been severely(too severely, IMO)tamed. The climbs are steep but not long enough to kill anyone. Instead of a severe downhill you get long zigzaggy descents with brief periods of intense speed.

The trail is actually two loops, and inner loop and an outer loop. The outer loop starts on the gravel road leading south from the parking lot. It climbs the southeast side of the hill, gradually working its way to the peak of the hill, where it crosses the aforementioned road. Here begins the rollercoaster which starts heading south along the edge of the valley, then switches back north, zigzagging its way down through the valley back toward the parking lot. There are a couple of nice opportunities for airborne shenanigans in this section, if a person is so inclined.

The inner loop begins where the outer one ends. The trail head is about 20 yards up cheater's highway, on the right. You head back down to the valley floor, then encounter two steep back to back climbs. There's a bit of winding around, then you cross the road again to the north side of the hill. The trail winds down the north side, then it's back up, and the trail slashes across the east side of the hill. The downhills are mostly smooth and fast but contain some vicious switchbacks, so newbies pay attention to what's coming up. It all ends with a flat but bouncy ride north along the bottom edge of the hill, back to the lot area.

Beware of washed out trail in the lower valley after a rainstorm-there are still a couple of crossings that will have to be bridged or rerouted eventually. There is also a lot of dead & dying timber at Jewell so be prepared for logs and branches littering the trail after a heavy storm or winds. We do our best to keep the trail clear but it is a never-ending job.

Customer Service

There is no signage at all on the trail as of this writing, so newbies check out my trail map here:

http://gallery.mtbr.com/data/mtbr/500/Jewell_Map_Small.jpg

I recommend starting on the outer loop. It's a good buildup to the inner loop's back to back steep climbs. The outer loop's climb to the top is long and disjointed, with some short downhill breaks. There are steep climbing areas but they are very short. After you reach the top, near the cemetary shed, it's all sweet payback, as long as you keep your speed up.

As the other reviewers have noted, this is not set up as a beginner trail by any means. That said, I would not discourage less experienced riders from an attempt. Just be very careful on the downhills and try the outer loop climb first, or take the cheater's highway up.

Similar Products Used:

Swanson Park is the closest. It's another Bellevue park with a lot of trail crammed into a small space. It's got a lot of fun stuff, but is much more beginner-friendly.

Also close by are Lewis & Clark, Lake Manawa in Council Bluffs and Tranquility in Omaha.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 18, 2007]
Charlie
Weekend Warrior

Nice, tight singletrack. Well maintained with the exception of signs indicating a proper routing. The trail crosses itself numerous times and it is often difficult to figure out which way you should go. I ended up going backwards on the trail for most of the ride, a serious hazard considering how fast this trail can be ridden and the limited visibility (due to all the turns). Once you figure out the routing it is a great ride, if a bit short. There are a couple areas on the trail that require a seasoned rider to get through without getting off your bike(especially the one heavily rooted descent to a narrow wooden bridge close to the trailhead - that was a suprise at speed) If you live in Bellevue or Papillion it is a great way to ride a fun trail without having to drive a half hour

Similar Products Used:

Lewis and Clark State park

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 01, 2007]
Brandon
Cross Country Rider

Jewell is a real mix. There are some very awesome, very fast sections where you can bomb down a hill and use that speed to climb most of the way back up. There are also a few flatter sections that get pretty fast. It's pretty different from other area trails I have ridden - Swanson, Tranquility and some shorter loops at Lewis & Clark.

But there are also two downsides - the design of the rest of the trail and the condition of the trail. In some cases those two are pretty closely related. I feel like a pretty significant portion of the trails is covered in loose material/debris and the gravel road that you will take in some parts will also spin your tires fairly easily. The trail is also VERY chewed up in sections from water drainage.

Design-wise, many sections are a little too steep for my tastes. I'm not saying that because I am lazy and don't like hills. I'm saying that because many sections are steep enough and long enough that if you stall out (possibly because of the loose ground I mentioned,) you will have a hard time getting started again. It makes the trail frustrating enough that I'm not sure the good parts are worth the bad.

Customer Service

If you park next to the field with the bleachers, go straight back along the trees to the left, and follow the gravel road until you see a cut-off on the right. From there, it's pretty easy to follow.

Oddly enough, the trail is well marked in the most obvious spots but not where it really needs it. If you come out of the trees and get to the gravel road, the path might be eight feet in front of you, directly across the road, and there will be an arrow pointing down that path. But if get to the road and the next section starts further down the road, you get nothing.

When you get to the road toward the top of the hill and there is no trail in sight, I take a left, past the old swing set and the start of the chain link fence. Look for a trail that cuts off to the right. The start of that trail will point "back" a little, toward the direction that you came from so keep an eye out for it.

Similar Products Used:

Swanson, Tranquility for a mostly relaxing ride or Lewis and Clark for a challenge.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 28, 2006]
Matttrailrat
Weekend Warrior

At first I found the trail confusing but after meeting up with a fellow on the trail he explained to me where to start and what direction to go. it is a fun 3.67 mile ride that I do twice for exercise.

Customer Service

Use the directions shown on MTBR to get to park. The park itself is run down a little and can be hard to spot first time. After the college heights sign there will be a bunch of woods on the left, keep going until you reach a parking area that is gated off. Park there and ride your bike into the park following the tree line and towards the end of the tree line will be a little gravel road heading up into the woods, take that road and you will see the start of the trail on the right about 150 feet up the road. Have fun and be careful.

Similar Products Used:

Swanson Park

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
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