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Council Bluffs Lake Trail

Average Rating:    (4.43 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 21

This rocky single track rises over forested ridges and dips into sequestered hollows as it traces the convoluted edge of Council Bluff's Lake. About 1/3 of the way in, there is an absolutely spectacular descent over rocky, rooted terrain. Baby, just let it go ... The trail is characterized by rocky descents, hairpin turns through drainages, and short technical uphills. A mile from the end, there is a swimming beach with bathrooms and an outdoor shower. Stop and marvel at the pale, walrus-like hillbillies beached on the warm sands (Budweisers in hand). The trail picks up again just past the beach on the left (South) side of the road and provides just over a mile of singletrack finale.
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Latitude
37.7321339855165
Longitude
-90.93109130859375
Trail Directions
There's no easy way, but go to Potosi. From Potosi, take Hwy P, Southwest to Hwy C (which runs roughly East and West). At Hwy C, go West for a very short distance (1/4 mi.?) and go South on Hwy DD for 7-8 mi., until you see signs for the US Forest Service's Council Bluff's Lake Recreation Area. Take a left and follow the road left and down to the boat ramp area. The trailhead is on the South side of the parking lot, near the boat ramp. Behind a small sign, a short section of single track is visible climbing up into the forest.
Trail Length
12.5 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Potosi
   


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Review Date
October 31, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Barry ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Although I originally wrote the review from the counterclockwise perspective, having raced and ridden it counterclockwise on numerous occasions, and I think I prefer CCW. I like the big hills in that direction, and I like to get the interruption of the swim beach and dam out of the way early in the ride and then immerse in the trail, until the end.

If I have the luxury of camping, then I pick the big site at the very back of the campground (site #32, i think) and ride straight from my tent, down a short singletrack connector form the campsite, and onto the trail. No shuttle necessary.

Recommended Route:
Make a weekend of it and do the North Trace Creek, South Trace Creek, Cortois, and/or Middle Fork sections of the Ozark Trail, as well. These trails, and their combined and connected concentration in this beautiful corner of the Ozarks, represents some of the finest riding in the entire nation. And that is no hyperbole.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
See above...



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Review Date
August 9, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Deserteagle99uzi ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Lake is back down and the trail is mostly clear. Rode it twice, once adding on some Ozark trail connector and once doing 2 laps. Trail is in excellent shape and the lake flooding last year only messed up 1 spot that is now rerouted.

Recommended Route:
CW or CCW doesn't matter. If you have the energy park at DD trailhead south of the lake and tack on 4 miles of the north trace for an epic ride.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Middlefork, North and South trace creek sections of the OT. Karkaghne section of the OT if it is ever cleared of trees. Berryman



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Review Date
June 21, 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: MC1 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Rode it clockwise from campground yesterday and it was quite the experience. There have been some recent "land hurricanes" that layed down a lot of trees and have also raised the lake 10 feet I was told. The ride was overgrown and full of spider webs. Some sections were perfect but others could use some maintenance or rider traffic to break the trail back in where it is badly eroded. It is rocky and technical as others described and there are some short, steep climbs that will test your lungs and legs. Be prepared and bring some food because it takes longer than your average 12.8 mile ride.



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Review Date
September 4, 2008

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: drcox63123 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
1st time out for me and the fourth overall for trail riding. This trail had a lot of undulations and 3 really steep hills. I am a beginner and started riding for the exercise and this trail certainly accomplished that. My friends took me out for the full 12 mile experience and it was probably more than I could handle. I recommend to the beginner to wait until around the 3 to 4 month of riding before doing this trail. That is not to say that this was not fun because actually the views and rock gardens were fun to see and the down hills made this really fun to ride. I had to walk a lot up the 3 steep hills or so and by the last 2 miles or so I was wiped. I recommend bring plenty of water and some kind of energy bar to eat around the half way mark. I would definitely ride this trail again I might just wait until I get in a lot better shape. I also recommend bring a couple spare tubes as all 3 of us that day ended up with flats.

Recommended Route:
Clock wise seemed to make for better downhill experience.



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Review Date
July 4, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: indianhillsted ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I had a blast riding this trail! Went to canoe the Current and decided to extend for some singletrack. This was great tight singletrack. Great ups and downs, nothing technical except the downed trees (not too many). Biggest challenge was all the spider webs I ate. Was planning on riding the Trace Creek section of the OT (or maybe they are just offshoots), but I had such a fun ride on this I repeated it the next day instead.

Recommended Route:
Counter clockwise from the campground or the beach. Super nice beach...had it to myself!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Enjoyed this one too much to try the others!



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