Lewis & Clark Monument - Trail, Omaha, Nebraska

Lewis & Clark Monument - Trail, Omaha, Nebraska

DESCRIPTION

Tight, twisty single track through trees. It is hilly with plenty of switchbacks. There are numerous log crossings, including one that is over 6 feet high. One of the areas unique features is the absence of rocks which allows you to really get in the zone.

USER REVIEWS

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[May 16, 2013]
e-dub
Weekend Warrior

Thought I would put an updated review of this trail since the last detailed report was from 2006. By the way the last 2006 review still holds true. This place is still hilly, bring your climbing legs and make sure the front deraieure is in good working order.

The entrance/starting point to the trail has changed. The new start of the trail is at the entrance to the monument, just past the gates to the left as you enter the Mounument park. You will drive in park and then have to ride back towards where you came in to ge to the starting point.

The first half mile or so is all down hill (Fun). It goes rom the top of the bluff all the way to the bottom. There is only one way back up, get ready.

Recently the maintainers of this trail (Last I heard Greenstreet Cycles in downtown omaha near the new baseball stadium were conected with maintaining this trail) have added some techy up and downs at the bottom of the trail. Lots of short steep climbs and short steep downs. Again, get your rear deraiulure Brakes in order. This is a newer developed section that moves back and forth along the bottom of the bluff until you hit the next section that climbs back up to the top.

One thing I have noticed about this trail over the years is that there is not a lot of air flow on the trail. Pretty dense forest. Riding this on hot humid days can be misrablel. I just rode it in 80 degree dry weather and it wasn't terrible but when it gets humid it gets pretty stuffy in there. Because the trail is a climb you are moving pretty slowly and don't get the cooling effect of a trail that has a more even flow.

Anyway, just wanted to highlight the new entrance and new techy seciton at the bottom of the trail.

In my oppinion this is the most difficut trail physically and technically in the omaha area. If you can ride the trail without resting or putting a foot down then you can say that you are in really good shape and know how to handle a bike.

Just rode this trail 05/15/2013 and it was well marked and maintained.

Customer Service

New entrance to trail found at the entrance of the park. Follow the trail from there, down down down, up up up up up.

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If you are making a special trip to the area your best bet right now is Tranquility park in north west omaha, a nice 9 mile flowy loop with a little bit of everything. Swanson in bellevue is allways fun but not as long.

Otherwise, Platte river state park west of omaha, Jewel in Bellevue are also options but harder to navigate.

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RATING
4
VALUE
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5
[Mar 30, 2011]
cole warrior
Weekend Warrior

First of all its not in Ne its in Ia

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 06, 2006]
ZOOM-DH
Weekend Warrior

I've been wanting to check this trail out for quite some time. With a trail level description of "extreme" I just had to find out what was so extreme about any trail in Nebraska.

Well, after riding this trail I am going to officially retract their "extreme" claim. There is nothing in any way, shape, or form about this trail that is extreme. Not one single rocky section, not one single drop, jump, huck, nothing. In fact, I didn't encounter so much as a slippery root on the entire trail. Okay, there was ONE log crossing that MIGHT be considered advanced, but certainly not 'extreme.' So if 'extreme' is what you are looking for, look elsewhere.

However, that's not to say that this trail sucks. Quite the opposite. Although I came here looking for what I consider 'extreme' I ended up finding a pretty cool trail. It was a tacky, sandy-silt type of soil that offered incredible traction. There were sections where the trail had great berms and whoops and it was pretty fun. The views were great, offering glimpses of miles and miles of open prairie land to the west, then dropping you deep into the forest where you become enveloped within the tree canopy.

But there is one thing I learned from riding this trail: If you give a Nebraskan a 300 foot tall bluff and the "okay" to build a trail system on said bluff, he/she will construct a trail with somewhere between 34,000 and 39,000 feet to total elevation change. My God, this trail was relentless in its climbing and descending. I don't think there was more than about 16 feet of 'flat' trail to be found here. After a while I really couldn't tell what 'flat' was anymore. I used my front derailleur more times on this one ride than I do all year back in Kansas City. Unreal.

All in all, the L&CM trail is pretty cool but needs to be re-described to keep people on the right track. I think with a description of 'extreme' they are scaring off the intermediate riders (the people who would enjoy this trail the very most) and attracting jumpers and freeriders (who will become very annoyed with the climbs). Although it does have some 'extreme' climbs, it should probably be downgraded to an intermediate trail.

By the way, what's up with that giant, black squirrel I saw on the trail? I've never seen a black squirrel before. But this thing was jet-black from head to tail.

Customer Service

I rode it in sort of a counter-clockwise direction but I think riding it clock-wise might have been more fun. Either direction, you're going to be doing some climbing and decending no matter what. And you'll also be ending your ride with a gnarly (dare I say, "extreme") climb up to the top of the bluff. I'd make sure that front derailleur is shifting properly prior to riding this trail.

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Not sure, this was my first time riding in the Omaha area.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 01, 2004]
MObiker
Weekend Warrior

While traveling through Omaha I stopped overnite and called the local bike shop beforehand to find a good place to ride. They recommended this little jewel. It was a blast! It starts with some good downhills and ends with a tough climb. Lot's of good stuff in between!

Customer Service

I entered the trail just to the right side of the bathrooms in the parking lot of the Lewis and Clark Monument. Road it counter clockwise.

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1st time in this area

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 01, 2004]
Anonymous
Racer

This trail was the first bona fide mountain bike trail I rode when I bought my entry level mountain bike in May 2003. What a rude and powerful rite of passage into the sport! I must have crashed four or five times the first time I rode at Lewis & Clark. The downhills are ever challenging and best suited for full suspension rigs. The climbs and switchbacks are mostly middle ring, but a few sections require a switch to the granny. Especially is this so with the last climb known more affectionately as “Neverest.” This is one of the cruelest climbs around. I am a beginning racer and, as such, I am only able to squeeze out two laps on this trail. Every time I ride this trail a surge of terror enters into my soul. The reason for this is that I separated my shoulder on the big log pile in October 2003. Too much speed and a lack of control put me too far to the left of the pile and I endoed badly. I have heard other stories of nasty crashes on the log pile. The secret is to get momentum working for you, but not too much. Going too slow over the pile also invites disaster. In a word, if anyone from out of state is looking for a challenging trail in the Omaha area, it is my humble opinion that Lewis & Clark is the place to go. I have learned that the term “technical” is relative to where you live. What we would call “technical” here in the Midwest folks in Colorado would call “intermediate.” By Midwest standards Lewis & Clark is a technically challenging trail. I hope to see you out there!

Customer Service

Enter trailhead just east of the restrooms and follow the signs.

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Platte River, Swanson Park, Lake Manawa Trails, and Tranquility Park

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[May 17, 2004]
Anonymous
Weekend Warrior

All I can say is DON'T BREAK YOUR SEATPOST HALF WAY THROUGH THE LOOP...the walk/ride sucked! The part I got to ride was challenging and fun.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 03, 2003]
Wardo
Cross Country Rider

I've been riding this (these) trail(s) for over 10 years, and it can't get the credit it deserves. Too many excellent trails were lost when the main loop was put in. Before this, there many many offshoots that would get you cooking to 40mph on tight single track and drops that are too dangerous to put back in with the number of riders it now gets. Plus, if you're not a marathon conditioned rider, you could take short, but very steep trips back to the top to start all over again (of course, you wouldn't be allowed to do this if you couldn't stay on your bike), but I like the sadistic souls who made the climb what it is, they did a great job. Because of the unique Loess soil, the hills exhibit many characteristics of big mountains with triple fall lines and erosion shoots that can launch you for some spectacular air (very few I've witnessed have landed these, but it has been done ;-). For those of you who wonder about the lack of air, I think this is intentional since the riders want to keep riding it and not lose the trails like motorcyclers did in the 70's from too many injuries/deaths.

Customer Service

The loop, it's black and white, your either on it or not.

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Nothing else in it's class for at least 80 miles.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jul 07, 2000]
Anonymous

This place rocks! It is tough. The last climb out is grueling. Plan for a couple of hours riding this loop. Take your water, some buddies, and plenty of gear in case you get in trouble. I heard someone say it's an 8 mi. loop. I'm not sure how accurate that is. Lots of technical single track, good descents and did I say grueling climbs?

Customer Service

This really should be posted in the area of this web site since it is in Council Bluffs. Start @ the monument by the horse tie off. Watch closely for trail markers along the trail unless you don't mind feeling lost.

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5
VALUE
RATING
[Jul 13, 2000]
Anonymous

i have ridden this trail a bunch of times, and always feel like i am going the wrong way. PLEASE be careful of the fast decents through the cut out dirt bluffs, they are cool, but blind. the climbs on this one are tough, but not rewarded with little downhills, and a nice downed tree crossing (which i am too chicken to do) you'll know what i mean when you get to it. it is a real pretty place to ride, nice look outs along the grassy outcrops. i always get lost i tell ya, it isn't marked very well at all out there, one time i came down a fun hill into someones backyard ( ???? )

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i am wondering if there are any trails out by that ski area??? hour and a half north, go to Ponca, real pretty and fun there.

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4
VALUE
RATING
[Aug 01, 2000]
Anonymous

It just so happens the field that this particular trail dumps into is the back of some mean redneck farmer who wants to come out and beat all bikers with a nice tire iron and his little redneck bastard following close behind with his Pa's shotgun. Yeah, these trails are alright, but I recommend you go with somebody who knows his/her way the first time you go. There should be a fence or sign marking this guys property, but there is not. "You bicyclers are always coming down here tearing up my grass." What a good time, let's go down the hill and tear up this guys grass just so we can miss all the fun parts of this area. I don't think so.

Customer Service

I recommend you don't take the grassy overlook on top of the bluffs down. It decends for a long and dumps in to the back a field.

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Platte River State Park. Much nicer area, downhills are very rewarding. Louis and Clark does not have the rewarding downhills with the ultra large uphill.

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3
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