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Stone State Park

Average Rating:    (3.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 8

A multi-use trails limited to horses, hikers and the stray biker. Starting from above it is a fast downhill decent with nice built jumps to catch air but watch out the turns come quick and the trees can hurt. Stone Park is a dense wooded area, pride built on the Lousse hills (forgive my spelling if it is incorrect) which are steep, filled with yucca and beautiful. Enjoy the veiws of the Missouri River Valley and give special heade to the horses. Do one loop or two and watch for deer, turkey and itch weed in the summer time
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Latitude
42.52069952914966
Longitude
-96.4599609375
Trail Directions
From downtown Sioux City head north on I-29 towards South Dakota take exit 151 and head north on Riverside Boulavard go to the second or third stop light take a right, cross some railroad tracks and head north on highway 12 for a few miles along the Floyd River. Look for the entrance on the right side of the road. Go into the park and make a right which will take you up a steep climb take a left at the top and follow the road, make note of the look outs and watch for crazy drunk teenagers that frequent the park. Just as you seem to leave the park on Memorial Dr park at the esquarian area and unload. Trail at the south of the lot. If coming off of Hamilton Blv. turn on Stone Park Blv. and head west until you arrive at the east entrance and this same esquarian area. There is a map there of all the trails and the rangers are very helpful. Wear a helmet and have fun.
Trail Length
6.5 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Sioux City
   


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Review Date
July 16, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: cedge100 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Wow, what a workout. Lots of climbing - or lots of downhill going the other way. Either way, you gotta get back up what you go down. There are quite a few trails here all nicely marked. Most are in pretty good shape but some are rutted quite badly making for some interesting riding.

I thought it was a ton of fun, and would go back again in a heartbeat.

Recommended Route:
I rode them all.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Ponca State Park, Maskenthine Lake



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Review Date
November 27, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Woodrow31 ,  Cross Country Rider/Risk seeker

Summary:
Very relaxing area to ride. Lots of off-camber stuff; not switchbacks per se, but hairpin turns with washouts. I rode 9 mi. here and another 9mi. at Ponca the same day and enjoyed this ride more due to its secludedness once you get on the trails. I had to walk a few places; I rode the outer loop of the trail twice and had a blast. You guys that live around here are lucky to have these two places to ride.

Recommended Route:
Gotta hit the 'berm' near the walk-in area off Talbot Rd. Heading S from there, a nice set of wicked jumps awaits those worthy of such treachery.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Ponca



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Review Date
August 19, 2007

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: jamie123 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I am sorry to say I am not as much of a fan as the others here. I went here to see how it was since it was only an hour from my house. I hate horse trails. I am more of a single track fan. I don't think horses can walk a side hill, because the trail goes straight down a hill then straight up. The place would be good for night riding, because they are wide, just not what I like in a trail. Good for a beginner looking to see what the sport is about, then most hills after this won't seem as bad.

Recommended Route:
Nice that all trails kind of loop back together and the intersections are labeled to get you back where you belong.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Ponca is a short distance and I recommend it over Stone. Also, if you are in the Norfolk, NE area hit Maskenthine lake by Stanton.



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Review Date
March 15, 2004

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: cactuscorn ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Let me open by saying this is a barrel of fun in a small basket. It's not a technical area but much more of a kick than I expected when I relocated from that mecca of singletrack in Arizona. On top of it being a solid yet short ride that can be lengthened by multiple loops or secondary trail diversions, it offers beautiful vistas, long stints in deep green valleys burried in tall tree canopys twisting along running brooks at the right times of year and some short but quite steep lung searing climbs not typical of the midwest. Yes we have elevation in Iowa! The huge earthen waterbars have been mentioned by others but bear repeating if ya like long, low air. The roots from the eblow close trees are often part of the trails make up and are a sweet distraction from the smooth and sticky soil of this region. Run as skinny a tire as ya dare cuz momentum is yer pal and theres no need to fear a loss of traction here. However, do watch yer speed due to the high horse to rider ratio. The equine folk are super friendly and it would be cool if we kept it that way. Did I mention there's not a thorn on this hill? Yipeeee for empty, lite tubes! Due to the fact that the trails rarely see direct sunlight I'd reccomend clear or better yet, amber lenses and with all the trail crowding tree trunks just hopeing for a new and close relationship with yer skull, a good helmet is a bonus. Summer brings humidity here so fill up yer Camelback and bring a snack. Night riding? Yeah baby! Winter riding is known to be a blast as long as the snow is fresh and less than a foot deep and the gound below isnt muddy. It gets cold in the valleys so wear yer best winter gear and don't skimp on the footwear or gloves. Personal note: watch for ice and beware the long toe spike! There's a story going around about some silly southwesterner with a busted ankle who had to be carried out on his buddys backs after he burried his foot in a slab of frozen stuff. The ranger and his staff are friendly, helpful and just up the road from the trailhead if ya ever need anything. Practice yer Midwestern smile with them. Yer gonna use it alot when yer tires hit dirt in Stone State Park.

Recommended Route:
I'm a big fan of starting at the equestrian parking lot, blastin down into the valley over the first set of woops before I cross the road onto double track leading to a "Y", then right and begin a shallow climb. Soon after, another "Y". continue right for a sweet out and back or bare left and climb to the top of Mt. Lucia and take in the view before continuing. That climb is just as fun the other way or hit Broken Toe right behind ya. This one's got tons of possibilities. Stay on it or drop down Mark's Glen at the first left. go straight and you'll see the road you first crossed. Ride The Toe a bit longer and bask in the glory of Ruth's Ridge, a twisting, undulating ribon of joy. Go right at the bottom and run smack dab into the guys who stayed on The Toe at the intersection of the Talbot Road Trail, a fun but short jaunt up to the gravel road you parked beside up top. hang a left to short-cut ya back to the 4 wheeled beast. Now if you were to stay on Broken Toe all the way, you'll hang a sharp left at the far end and start the somewhat difficult return home. Beware the "Climb From The Planet Hell" and don't forget the last big up to the car! Damn thats good!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Ponca State Park is accross the river as the crow flys but crows don't ride and bikes don't float so take the highway. Way more techy than Stone but not as close to Downtown Sioux City. Tons of options here too. Way more than Stone, really, but I dont' know the trails as well so be sure to get a map. Maybe that dork from Arizona who busted his ankle and runs the bike shop at Scheels will burn ya copys of both trail maps since they are a rare find. Oh, it'll cost ya $3.00 to get into Ponca but don't sweat it. You'll see what i mean in the first mile of singletrack! Enjoy!



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Review Date
November 26, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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4.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: jmoh , from Knoxville,IA

Summary:
If you start at the parking lot by the park entrance, I enjoy the downhill to the bottom of the park. This part of the trail has many water checks that you can catch some pretty good air over. When you get to the bottom, go across the road and up the valley. You will come to numerous trails to the right and left. They all go up hill eventually, some very steeply and others more gradually. If you take the first right, you can take one of the more gradual climbs to the top. You can stay on this trail and ride the perimeter of the park ( there is one spur that goes off to the right that takes you to highway 12 but is just an out and back ) If you stay on the trail that runs along the ridge, you will come to an overlook where you can see the whole tri-state area. Continue on along the top staying to the right and you will eventually come out at the gravel road. Then turn around and descend any one of the trails that you passed which points you back down into the valley. When you get to the bottom, you can choose another trail to climb which will take you back to the perimeter trail to choose another descent. Just make sure you save a little energy for the climb back to the parking lot. If you have had enough by the time you get to the gravel road, you can take a left (up the hill) and this will take you back to your vehicle. Just ride whatever direction you like but always yield to the horses.

Recommended Route:
There are several different routes, but the one I ussually take is from the main entrance to the park on the left side of Stone Park Blvd. It is open all year.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Ponca State Park in Ponca, NE. Only half hour from Sioux City and has some pretty good singletrack. Stone Park is rather wide to be called singletrack but when it is firm its FAST. Neither one of these trails are too technical but both are nice areas to ride. Some nice climbs and good berms on the descents.



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