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Lake Perry Bike Trail

Average Rating:    (4.64 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 28

There are several sections of trail. Most of it is built to skirt along the bluffs lining the lake. The bluffs are tree covered and strewn with rocks making for some technical sections. Full utilization of the bluffs make for some long climbs and descents (for Kansas). Fall and Winter riding are made interesting by the deep leaves. Several spots allow great views of the lake and surrounding countryside. Be sure to look for wildlife. Bald Eagles, wild Turkeys, Deer, Quail and Squirrels are a few animals you may encounter.
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Latitude
39.15615483953391
Longitude
-95.46724319458008
Trail Directions
Head east from Topeka on Highway 24. Travel approximately 8 miles to Highway 237 and turn north. Travel approximately 4 miles until you cross the lake bridge. Turn east at the next road. It is marked with a sign indicating the trailhead. The trailhead is approximately 1 mile down the road on the South side of the road.
Trail Length
15 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Topeka
   


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Review Date
August 12, 2011

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: bicycle boy ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
First time on this trail and it is awesome! If you live close to Lake Perry and ride trails then do this ride, you won't regret it. Something for everyone and you can get off at several places that take you back to the trailhead. Well marked and easy to follow trails. I rode with a good friend and we had the whole park to our selves, no one was around. I'll be back at least once a week. A great workout so bring water and a spare tube just in case. I think it is a little bit harder than Clinton Lake and not quite as technical as Clinton Lake. The spiderwebs were tough but the weather was perfect. Thanks to all the volunteers that make this happen and the Ks Trails Council.

Recommended Route:
We did the outside loop and it took over 2 hours of steady riding.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Clinton Lake in Lawrence and the trails at the Governors Mansion in Topeka.



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Review Date
November 23, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: ss85 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
A stacked loop trail system (11-12mi) with an 'out & back' loop of around the same length.

Approx. 75' of elevation difference between highest and lowest points on the trail. Soils are fairly thin and drain well, more silt than sand, quite erodable. Trail is well-maintained and even had some of the leaves blown off this fall!

Skill levels vary from section to section but I've found them to be well-labeled. Rocks and roots are common. Fast flowy sections are interspersed between some very challenging rock gardens, climbs and descents. It's a very well-designed system.

Recommended Route:
This trail can be as long or short as you want to make it. There are maps at the trailhead and the trail itself is well-marked. Difficulty ratings are for technical trail difficulty only, in my opinion.

Skyline is the main loop that all the others branch off of. A good "easy" route could be skyline > willow's loop > skyline > knothead > skyline > back to trailhead > skyline > wild west (7 mi), with knothead and wild west being 'intermediate' trails.

Mad mile and great white both deserve their rating, with great white being noticeably more difficult.

My opinion is the "out & back" starting with blackfoot is the most difficult part of the trail. Worth the effort.


Other recommended trails in the same area:
My friends and I have friendly disagreements about difficulty/fun/best/etc between Perry and Clinton. My vote always goes to Perry, by the way.

Living in this area is great for mountain biking except when it's been raining. Plenty of good trails and diversity. Local outdoors-oriented people in the KC-MO region are somewhat rare, but the ones I've met have been great. Keeps the trails from getting crowded!



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Review Date
November 26, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: GM$ ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I've wanted to ride this trail for the last two years and finally took advantage while taking a Thanksgiving vacation with the folks in Lawrence. I'm an all mountain rider living on the Front Range of Colorado and from that perspective still found the trail physically demanding and technically challenging in parts. The trail system is mostly very narrow and windy taking advantage of the natural rock formations, valleys and hill slopes. I'm not sure of the total distance but it feels like a well earned 20 miles doing a full outer loop. The trails are designed very well and appear to be sustainable and very well maintained by a local rider(s) that must work very hard on the system. Thanks for that. This trail has become one of my all time favorites and a great excuse to take a break from the parents. Oh, and by the way one of my friends from Colorado broke his frame on the ride. Cool.

Recommended Route:
From the trailhead we did the full outer loop. Stay right and you can't go wrong.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Clinton is very similar but with an extra credit skills course at the end. Kill Creek is also a rocky and windy system that's worth while.



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Review Date
September 3, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: mchaines ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Smartly laid out trail that has two things you don't see often in Kansas: exposure and switchbacks. Mostly rocky, hilly singletrack. Technical enough to keep experienced riders interested, but decent introdution to technical riding for a novice if you don't mind pushing your bike occasionally. Navigation is pretty easy with a map (available at trailhead), but trail intersections aren't always well marked, so don't be surprised if you miss a few turns.



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Review Date
October 28, 2004

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: fireboy ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Loved this trail system!! Rode Skyline, MadMile, and Wild West. Didn't get a chance to ride Logan's Run or the other longer trails due to time constraints, but I will be back to check them out at a later date, guaran-damn-teed!!!

Recommended Route:
Well marked, and maps available at the trailhead, just go!!!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Landhal in Blue Springs, MO
and the singletrack that follows the river in Lawerance..not sure about the name...



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