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Bittersweet

Average Rating:    (4.43 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 7

Bittersweet trail is a fast, curvy, not too hilly stretch of singletrack in a typical Ozark oak hickory woods at central Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks. Trail offers multiple stunts to delight the freeride set including one monster drop into a dry creek. Take away the stunts and this would be a good trail for a beginner due to its lack of tough hill climbs. For mroe info stop by Oz Cycles on Bagnell Dam road, they have maps of this and the other Lake of the Ozarks Trails. Say thanks by buying something!
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Latitude
38.13805
Longitude
-92.666427
Trail Length
8
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Osage Beach
State/Territory/Province
Missouri
Zip/Postal Code
65065
Country
USA
Web Address
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Review Date
July 22, 2009

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: steener ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The map is wrong. If you look in the area shown you will be 20 minutes from where you need to be. And there are at least four fire stations. The trail is down HH all the way at the end. Look up Shady Gator's and you will be pretty close. The folks at OzCycle are great and the shop is on Business 54 (Bagnell Dam Road) just North of HH.



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Review Date
May 17, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: MtnSpectre ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Once I found it (Thanks Oz Cycles). Fun! As a newbie to the trail it was a little hard to find the start behind the firestation but once I got on it.....flat...jinxed from talk at Oz cycles...ha ha. Got started again and it was fun. There are some man made jumps that are broken but ride was still enjoyable. I did miss part of the trail due to my ummmm ignorance. I had a trail map but figured I would be good with verbal guidance and left it in my truck, I missed a turn and wound up missing half of the trail. Still the 4.5 miles I did get in was enjoyable. There are a couple of spots where downed or leaning trees make you get off the bike (at least I had to). TICKS, not that bad but they are out there. I was on the single track for about 5 seconds and had to stop for a flat and pulled off a couple of ticks and found one more halfway through the ride. Not bad, only three. I think I can deal with that instead of finding huge spiders crawling on me. I have a problem with spiders but that is another story.

Recommended Route:
It is a directional figure 8 to hit any of the jumps so if you are new to the trail, bring the trail map to turn when you are supposed to to get the entire trail in or go with someone that knows the trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Honey Run and 4 Winds



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Review Date
May 14, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: jordanbonnot ,  Downhiller

Summary:
I rode this trail once and will ride it many more times! There is nothing bitter about it. A nice tight single trace with stunts, jumps and rocks. It was a sweet ride. The trail would be great for beginners but can be made as hard as you want to push your self.

Recommended Route:
Stop by the bike shoP, Oz Cycles 1735 Bagnell Dam Blvd, and talk to Oz and get a map from him. Parks at Carls. Looking at Carl's, ride the paved trail to the left. Take a right at the first street and the trial starts behind the fire house about half way down. On one of the sides of the figure 8, you will go down hill and there is a ramp. On the way back you will end up on the other side of the house. The trail ends but if you go to the drive way, the trail starts again on the other side of the street as lillte ways up. You cross a lof of streets and a lot of criss crossing over trails you have been on. Just go straight unless Oz tells you other wise.



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Review Date
October 21, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: EclipseRoadie ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This trail rocks. It's become my instant favorite for being fast, fun, and interesting at every turn. This is a trail that can be as hard or easy as you want to make it with lots of little launches and cool stunts throughout the track. Will be visiting again. Weekly.

Recommended Route:
The old trailhead is bulldozed over so park at Carl's and ride down the multiuse trail to the right, along the street. Take a right on Yonkers road (first dirt rode on the right) and ride halfway down to the green electrical boxes on the left. Cut into the woods there and you'll run into singletrack. Turn right and start your ride.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Honeyrun, 4winds



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Review Date
March 31, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: ZOOM-DH ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I don't know why this trail includes the word "bitter" in it because there isn't anything bitter about this trail. This trail is awesome.

My buddies and I have ridden this trail several times and I just don't think it's possible for it to get muddy. We have ridden right after heavy rains and even during heavy rains and the trail sheds water like you wouldn't believe. I think those guys at Oz Cycles must spray the trail with Rain-X or something.

The trail is divided in to four quadrants (Q1-Q4) and if my memory is correct, Q4 is the quadrant with some really cool challenges including a wooden berm (almost like a wall ride), several jumps, a few nice drops (one that is around 6 feet) and a couple tree-rides. They are really moving things forward down there to include trails for everyone.

The other quadrants range from beginner to intermediate in skill level and none of the drops on Q4 will sneak up on you; everything is pretty easy to see as you approach it. There are a couple of elevated ladder bridges to get across creeks so just take a look at them before you ride them and determine if you're up to riding them or walking them.

If it's too wet to ride your trails, give the guys at Oz Cycles a call before you head down and get the 411 on their trails. Most likely they will have great trails and all the bike goodies you will need for a day of singletrack bliss. I'm gonna give the Bittersweet 4 out of 5 chilis because I want to see more drops and jumps!!

Recommended Route:
Just park at Carl's grocery store (they have awesome pre/during/post-ride chicken strips!) and drop in to the trail. Keep riding until you have ridden quadrants 1-4. You will have to cross a couple of low-traffic roads to get from one trail to the other but it's hard to get lost at the Bittersweet.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I don't know, I never get tired of riding the Bittersweet. I've heard there are several other great trails down there, though.



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