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4 Winds Cross Creek Horseshoe Bend

Average Rating:    (4.17 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 12

These trails are within 15 miles of one another and offer a wide variety of riding. 4 Winds is true cross country; Cross Creek is pure technical and Horseshoe Bend is in between. Riders can complete all three in one day, or make it a weekend and enjoy the great camping/lodging/nightlife the Lake has to offer.
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Latitude
38.13280126421242
Longitude
-92.60581970214844
Trail Directions
Stop in at Oz Cycles and talk to Tim for a new lake area singletrack guide (573)348-6221.
Trail Length
26 miles combined
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Lake of the Ozarks/ Osage Beach
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Review Date
November 19, 2012

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: WanderOften ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This is my first post on MTBR. I'm trying to ride in all 50 states and made a trip out of my way to do this trail while en route to Sedona. I have to say it was quite disappointing. The trails posted by the previous poster are in a different area apparently. I ridden all over the country and this was a very frustrating ride.

There are several interconnected loops but they're all horse trails that are completely torn up by the horse traffic. Soil was a mix of the stickiest clay(it had just rained) you'll ever encounter and very loose gravel. The horse tracks made for a very unpleasant surface and I had my 6 inch travel bike! Every downhill was eroded with a deep washout down the center of the trail, loose softball sized rocks and it was all covered deep in leaves.

I did about nine miles of riding and then hit the main road back to the trailhead. It's too bad the park managers don't designate some trails for biking and some for horseback riding, because barring the horse traffic it would have been decent riding I think but the horses have just destroyed it for biking and there seemed to be very little in the way of trail maintenance or erosion control. Having just ridden this trail it amazes me that horses have historically had more trail access than mountain bikers in many of our parks. And we supposedly do more damage?!!!

Recommended Route:
To another trailhead!



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Review Date
March 18, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: phattirehillbilly ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
cross creek is no more, but its been replaced by perfect singletrack - the 'honey run' trail (reminds me of arkansas). honey run, on the south side of the lake of the ozarks state park, has 2 loops and a connector: south loop 2.8mi, north loop 4.5mi, and the connector at 3.2mi. its a total of 14mi because you have to do the connector out and back, the earthriders out of kc and some locals did a supreme job. the 'bittersweet' trail is located down horseshoe bend, near the dam. its all singetrack as well and like the honey run, horses arent allowed. bittersweet is a stacked loop, each loop is 4mi and when ridden correctly its 8mi (starting from carls mkt) on HH. bring the elbow and knee guards if youd like to do the stunts.

Recommended Route:
on the honey run, riding the north loop counter clockwise is a little faster. bittersweet is 'directional' and must be ridden like a figure 8, if not you wont enjoy the stunts. to get accurate maps, stop by ozark outdoors & cyclery near the dam, 5 min from carls mkt (the bittersweet TH).

Other recommended trails in the same area:
4 winds when ridden the correct way is a true classic. its usually pretty raw and rough yet extremely satisfying.



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Review Date
March 2, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: rmbspicerider ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Cross Creek is closed due to residential developement.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Honey Run! 14 miles of singletrack in Lake of the Ozarks state park down A road.



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Review Date
August 7, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: daraiders ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Rode on the 31st of July. Spent nearly three hours banging around on the 25 or so miles of trails. I spent sometime climbing and ripping back down the same hill (narrowly missing severe road rash). The Four Trails (red blaze 16.5 miles) was the toughest on the north east side. However, it was ridiculously overgrown and/or busted up by horses in several places. Three or four fallen trees made for some hike a bike. The trail offers technical, climbs, downhills, log rolls, creek crossing.

As for the guy below me who insisted he was infected with a world record amount of ticks even with tick repellent..well..get a new repellent. I use "Deep Woods Off" for all my outdoor needs (no I didnt get paid for that commercial) and had absolutely no ticks, although I did eat a spider or two. I was a bit cautious at first because of some of the overgrown sections and was certain I would be tick stricken even with repellent.

Be sure to see Tim at Ozarks outdoors and cyclery on Bagnell Dam Drive in Osage Beach.

Recommended Route:
Red Trail counterclockwise..also try Bittersweet, and a new "secret" trail set to open to the public in the fall, but if you tell them Tim told you about it...you can ride.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
All Ozark Lake Trails, Binder Lake in Jeff City, and Berryman.



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Review Date
February 15, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Neuner ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Had a great time on this trail, and always enjoy most trails in Missouri b/c of the rolling hills, but due to the close proximity of water, you really need to watch for insects. My brother and I came back after our first ride with him having 29 mosquito bites, and 89 tiny tics (thought it was spectacled dirt at first). I had 12 bites & around 50 tics. This is even with repellant on.



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