Maskenthine Lake - Trail, Norfolk, NE, Nebraska

Maskenthine Lake - Trail, Norfolk, NE, Nebraska

DESCRIPTION

Maskenthine is 7.33 miles located at the masenthine recreational area on the west side of the lake. It's a great trail that is fun for both beginners and pros. It has some good climbing that'll give you a workout, and some rewarding turny downhills that'll keep you on your toes. It has several log crossings, a stream crossing, some rock gardens, sweet board features including a board berm and a fast banked bridge. It's 60% in pine trees, with some fast prarie sections. It has 2 loops that meet at trailhead 2 (on top of the hill west side of the lake) the trail runs counter clockwise. Trailheads are well marked with big parking lots . Beautiful campground with tent and rv sites. Trail is a 1/8mile away from your campsite.

USER REVIEWS

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[Dec 04, 2012]
bikewcm
Racer

Trail is now 7.3 miles. Fast flowy trail, with all kinds of nice features. Board berm, long bridge, couple of rock gardens, some log crossings/step downs,a stream crossing (when we aren't in a drought) some off to the side play stuff (teeter totter small skinny ect)and tons of nice turns. It's well over half in tree coverage to keep you out of the wind and sun.
It has 2 loops that meet in the middle 3.6ish miles each side.

Customer Service

Trail runs counter clockwise . Second trailhead is on top of the hill, park in the small lot and from there you can do either loop, both sides have some cool spots.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 15, 2010]
superspike25
Weekend Warrior

Great, well maintained trail. There are two loops to this trail. The first half has a technical section in the forest with several log piles and a creek crossing. The back half cuts through the forest and the prarrie is perfect for beginners. Both loops include a drawn out hill that will make your legs burn a bit. The two meet at the 2nd trail head.

Customer Service

If coming from HWY 275, you will see a sign that says Maskenthine via country road. Take the gravel road until you see the lake on the right side of the road. Turn right and go over the bridge. The park will be on the left side of the road. Once in the park, head in the direction of the RV/campgrounds. Recommend going up the hill and starting at the 2nd trail head. A parking lot will be on the left.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Apr 28, 2010]
huskerXCrider
Cross Country Rider

Pretty fun fast and flowy trail. A little mix of everything here, not too much technical except for one area, thought the teeter totter was cool though! A couple fast downhills. Lots of trail with the new loop on the south side. Happened to be in the area for work, glad I brought the bike!

Customer Service

Make sure you go in the main (north) entrance and don't park in the first RV overflow lot like I did. Just wanted to get to riding and figured I would find the trails....I did, but not until I went around the whole lake first. The whole time the trailhead was right next to where I parked!

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 15, 2009]
leadphinger
Cross Country Rider

Muskateen is easily on par with better known trails in Nebraska such as Swanson, Tranquility, and Jewell. The trail consists of a fun 5.9 mile loop overlooking one of the finest man-made lakes the state has to offer. Good for beginners and experts alike, it has a reasonably difficult tech section and offers a few decent climbs to get the blood flowing. The mix of terrain and well thought out route makes for a good time in almost any weather. Even wet conditions do little to dampen trail conditions, a unique characteristic for a part of the country known for peanut butter mud. The trail is fast but don't get too carried away. Blind corners and switch backs have been diabolically placed at the bottom of nearly every hill. If you haven't ridden Muskateen and happen to find yourself in northeast Nebraska for any reason whatsoever, give it a shot. You will be very glad you did!

Customer Service

Finding the starting point can be a little awkward. I generally start at the upper parking lot and head into the trees, the trail intersects here and can take you into any section you feel inclined to tackle first. The loop generally runs counter-clockwise from the western most edge of the trees running down the backside of the park. It then runs south crossing a frisbee golf course and back into a grove of pine trees. From here you will duck and dodge your way through switch backs and over 4 or 5 log crossings. The loop then drops into a fast up down section and spills onto a vast prairie over looking the lake. From here you'll eventually make your way back to the start then be dumped into an extremely fast downhill leading to the technical section. Here you will find all manner of jumps, logs, and even a rock strewn creek crossing. More climbing and prairie awaits after the technical stuff but the ride is basically an easy single track mix from here on.

Similar Products Used:

The next closest single track is almost 70 miles away at Ponca State Park. That's about all there is for single track in the area.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[May 27, 2009]
valiant1974
Weekend Warrior

This is a fun trail with a good mix of terrain. The majority of the trail is in the trees with some climbs, switchbacks and fast descents. There is a short, fairly technical portion with tight switchbacks, a creek crossing and numerous log crossings. This trail will give you a workout.

Customer Service

Counter-clockwise starting at the parking area overlooking the lake.

Similar Products Used:

Swanson Park

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Apr 24, 2008]
RogerBB
Cross Country Rider

This is a challenging trail, expanded to be approx 5 miles. Lots, and lots of hills, I was breathing pretty heavy most of the time. Not real technical, except in a few spots. Most of it is in the trees, and few areas in prairie. Near a small lake where you can go camping and fishing. Trail is taken care of very well by the local cycling group.

Similar Products Used:

Ponca State Park, Cowboy Trail

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Apr 22, 2007]
jamie
Weekend Warrior

Great trail for the area. All singletrack with nice climbs and then dives into a wooded area with some fun obstacles. Tough enough for a good workout, but safe enough to not get into too much trouble. Great for an afternoon ride. Can't believe it is only a year or two old trail. Local guys keep adding on and it is really turning out nice. Thanks to all that started it up. May be more of a workout this year.

Customer Service

Start at the north entrance to the lake and follow flags in counter clockwise(head right.

Similar Products Used:

Ponca and Platte river state park.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
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