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Binder Lake Trail

Average Rating:    (4.19 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 27

The Binder Lake Trail consists of several loops of varying difficulty. Each loop can be ridden a number of times or strung together as a tour of the entire trail system. Features include log piles, a boardwalk, rocky climbs and descents, and a unique track right along the eastern edge of the lake. The trail is generally tight and twisty with numerous switchbacks and many swoops through drainages. Plan to spend several hours exploring all it has to offer. Bathroom facilities and water are available at the trailhead during warm seasons.
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Latitude
38.603121299090525
Longitude
-92.30485439300537
Trail Directions
Take Hwy 50 west from downtown Jefferson City to the Apache Flats exit. Drive until you see the Binder Park road just past the ball fields. Turn right and then left at the T intersection onto Rainbow Drive. Travel across the causeway then take a right onto Binder Lake Rd. Continue through the park past the boat ramp to the old bait shop building parking lot. The trail head kiosk and trail entrance is visible across the road.
Trail Length
Around 13.5 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Jefferson City
   


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Review Date
November 9, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: stmshovel ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
--TRAIL UPDATE-- Binder Lake Trail is now approximately 13.5 miles of sweet, twisty, tight, single track for riders of all levels. Designed as a stacked loop system, BLT (because like a BLT everybody loves it and it's oh so satisfying) has something for everyone. You won't find another trail that gives you this much in a city park where your never more than 5 minutes from your car. Spider webs? Really? There are rocks, dirt and trees too! Spider webs! BLT usually gives up at least 200 days of unforgettable rides per year.
NOTE TO ALL Mountain Bikers--- Please, please, please don't ride wet trails. Someone has to give up their valuable riding time to fix what you tear up.

Recommended Route:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday one way, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday the opposite. The next week repeat.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Most in missouri are pretty enjoyable but leave me longing for BLT.



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Review Date
November 8, 2011

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: CFM ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
There is about 13.5 miles of trail for all levels of ability. Singletrack is smooth and flowing, well maintained by a local group (Osage Region Trail Association - ORTA). The Yellow and Red loops provide more technical challenge for the experienced rider. Plan to spend an afternoon exploring the different parts and expect to see other trail users.

Recommended Route:
Most people start at the kiosk near the old bait shop. Veer right upon entering the woods and follow the western halves of the Green and Blue loops to the other end of the park. Cross over Rainbow Drive at the south entrance and take the small bridge into the Red loop. When you spill back out on Rainbow Drive take a right across the causeway and turn left into the drive leading to the campground. The trail will veer off this road into the field to enter the woods. A short way in turn right and follow the trail around until you dump out at the entrance again. Recross the causeway and climb the field to continue with the eastern halves of the Blue and Green loops back to the kiosk.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Rock Bridge State Park Trails, Columbia
West Edgewood Trail, Jefferson City
Cedar Creek Trail from the Pine Ridge Campground, Guthrie



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Review Date
December 21, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: swpisstol ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
First and foremost: I'm writing this review because I have ridden BLT since 1995 and have had the great pleasure of observing its development from a scant 3 mile loop, to it's current (roughly 12 mile) distance. Although I currently reside and ride in Northern California and have had very little time on BLT in the last two years or so, I still find this to be one of my favorite trails (with a bias of this being my home trail). It is well laid out with a great flow. It holds up well to the elements partially due to the loamy soil, and in part to a very sustainable layout thanks to some well educated trail designers . It is challenging enough without depleting you for the drive home. The trail is well taken care of by the locals but do expect some sections to have some standard fatigue from time to time. Talk to Nick at Red Wheel for recommended routes. And yes, spiders do feast well on this trail in the morning (get over it, you're in their territory, and this is some nice, tight singletrack). This is simply a trail to appreciate that can be consistently ridden without a lot of fuss or destruction to your bike. It does have the presence of quintessential XC riding wrapped in an easy-access package.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Rock Bridge. Finger Lakes (more motorcycle oriented). Rhett's run.



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Review Date
August 4, 2010

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: boycow0109 ,  Racer

Summary:
Love this trail.
I've been on many trails in Wisconsin, IL and Missouri and this trail is in my top 5.
If you're the first person on the trails in the early morning, well you're screwed b/c the spiders create more webs than ANY trail I've ever been on.
I rode Monday July 26th, first person out, cleared all the trails but had to ditch the clear oakley as the webs leave residue. It's a little unnerving to say the least, but it's the price you pay for a great all-round ride. I got back to the car to see a guy getting ready to hit the trail as I was ready to quit but decided to do the entire course one more time after I did such a great job of removing the webs.
Thanks to everyone for creating and keeping Binder alive.
Switchbacks, quick climbs, fast descents, hardpack, fixed rock and some loose - you get everything except sand.

Recommended Route:
Do them all at least twice. I had no problem clocking average speed of 9+ mph

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Rockbridge is a nice cruiser, Rhett's run has some fun challenges but too choppy to get in nice flowing sessions.



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Review Date
August 16, 2008

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: badbiker ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
If you enjoy spider and web dinners you'll love this trail! The first 2 loops were web free, but the third or fourth south of the trailhead at the tackle shop was filled with webs. I nearly died once because I closed my eyes upon seeing a magnificently large web and spider and when I opened them I was inches from one of the largest rock dropoffs at the park...if nothing else the spider webs add a degree of difficulty. but i call it suckiness. a great cross country course besides the spiderwebs. fairly flowing, somewhat twisty. some loose rock, some boulders, mostly dirt. basically teh spiderwebs ruined it for me. that third trail was very overgrown too. we'll see what kind of rashes i get. overgrowth and webs ruined it for me. very disappointed. if you live in jeff city go for it, otherwise i don't think its worth more than a 20 minute drive.

Recommended Route:
only the first to loops unless you like spiders.



Comments
MOMtbiker (10/05/2009)
You have spider webs to deal with anytime you have trees and vegetation growing in Missouri or most any other midwestern state. The best thing to do is ride in the winter time if you can't handle it or go ride those trails with no trees or stick to the paved roads.
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