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manhattan zoo

Average Rating:    (3.2 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 5

the steepest and most technical climbs and descents in manhattan. the path has steps which if you don't watch it over the bars you go. the trail goes all the way down to the river and has several options, some sicker than others. not the best maintained trail, but definately a place to work on your skills.
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Latitude
39.17850562087422
Longitude
-96.59685015678406
Trail Directions
take route 70 to exit 313 (route 24) into manhattan, stay left at the fork and turn left on poyntz ave. take poyntz up the hill past the high school and make your first right, follow to the manhattan zoo and park in their parking lot. the trailhead is to the right of the zoo entrance, marked with an old sign that says linear park (renovated in 1994).
Trail Length
1 mile
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Manhattan
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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
February 6, 2009

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: rtwich ,  Downhiller

Summary:
The trail was pretty fresh, like no one had ridden it in atleast one year. Alot of tornado damage... IE logs that are all piled up that you have to climb over. But was a decent in town ride, short but enough to make you get that funny feeling. Steps were in good condition, and was not rutted out. But ends abruptly at the creek, wish it kept going for alittle while longer. But over all condition was good, keep in mind of hikers. Didn't see any while down hilling, but as we were leaving a bunch of kids were going hiking. Up hill sucked!!!






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Review Date
May 13, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: David Boss , from Manhattan, KS

Summary:
I started at the zoo the first time I rode it, rode down all those dern stairs and got all the way to the bottom to find out it goes to a road, if you turn right on the road, The new Linear Trail is 10 feet to the right. So you can get to the bottom of this trail if you start Linear Trail at Anderson Ave. Ride until the fork in the trail. A sign says Linear Trail to the (arrow right) if you go left it leads to the road I was talking aout, then this trail starts 10 feet to the left off the road.
This is a pretty tough trail, especially if you start on the bottom and ride UP the stairs. Maintainance is poor, lot's of leaves on the trail, causes me to lose the trail sometimes

Recommended Route:
I've riden it about 3 times now, and I haven't riden the same route any of the times. I always think I'm lost, but I always end up at the road at the bottom.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Linear Trail, the many others reviewed on this page



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Review Date
October 30, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Jason Lind , from Wamego,KS

Summary:
This place offers stairs, a retaining wall at the north end, and many routes down and across the hill. The best ride is riding north along the hill and then back south where you'll ride by the zoo before you can blast down a long set of stairs to the bottom. Then I recommend heading along Linear Park to Westloop for some freeriding stuff there. This place is great! It has a little of everything but the ideal place has more of the same.

Recommended Route:
Just look for the water tower at the zoo and go west between the zoo and cemetary.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
River Trail, Spillway, the rest of the city/campus



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Review Date
May 23, 1999

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Allen Walker , from Manhattan, KS

Summary:
I didn't think that I would find hills this steep in Manhattan. If you ride left along the fence, you can ride all the way to the bottom of the hill and end up in the residential area. There are some good loop-backs here. Riding along the fence will also give you a good view of the lions and mountain goats. If you travel right, along the treeline, you head down the really steep part and end up by the river. The trails near the bottom are poorly maintained but it is still fun anyway. Once you get to the river, turn around and go back up the hill- there isn't anything down there except deadfall. This is a good trail to work on technical riding (i.e. going up and down very steep inclines).

Recommended Route:
As you get to the zoo, stay right. Go behind the water tower and down the steps. Ride along the path. As you get to the end of the fence, you can either travel along the fence to the left (it doesn't really look like a path), or to the right. Either way will lead to steep decents.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Linear Park and the Tuttle Creek Bowls



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Review Date
March 1, 1999

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: joe gozdieski , from manhattan, ks

Summary:
lots of steps, leaves, rocks and steeep descents. there is one route with steps i have not tried yet, anyone who does let me know how you do it, the steps are insanely steep, you'll know when you see it.
very technical, great practice. 5 for difficulty, 2 for maintenance

Recommended Route:
once, down the steps, go down to the path and head left, as you head down hill, take a 160 degree right turn for an excellent ride along a path, just don't fall to your left or down the hill you go.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
linear park, the bowls



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