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Kaintuck Trail

Average Rating:    (3.73 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 11

The trail runs through riparian zones on either side of a north-south ridge, and connects to the ridge top and the other side by rocky hills. The east side loops cross several creeks. FS 1576 parallels a long stretch of this trail. Also on the east side, is a connector which leads to a natural bridge near a primitive camp. Visit the spring-fed pond on the west side of the ridge. Challenging uphills and killer downhills connect the low areas to the ridgetop. There is an ugly, horse-damaged hill at the north end of the ridge, ~0.25mi. from the pullout. This trail is a secluded gem when it's in condition; but, avoid it in the summer when its "ticky" and overgrown. The individual loops are poorly marked with forest images (bird, squirrel etc.). You can get a map from the USFS in Rolla.
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Latitude
37.86989048289925
Longitude
-91.92388951778412
Trail Directions
This trail is located in the Mill Creek Rec. Area of the Mark Twain Nat'l Forest. From I-44, take the Doolittle/179 exit (about 5mi. west of Rolla). After exiting, follow Route T a few miles through Doolittle and Newburg. Just south of Newburg (it has a grocery store), cross the Little Piney and turn right (west) on Route P. Follow Route P ~3mi. 'til you see CR 254 (gravel) on your left. Follow CR 254, passing a Mill Creek Rec Area sign, til you see a picnic area. Just past the picnic area, turn left (east) on FS 1576 (gravel), cross a low-water bridge over Mill Creek and continue about 0.5mi. til the road turns right (south). There is a grassy pullout just pass this turn on your right. The trail leads away from here.
Trail Length
2-13 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Newburg
   


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Review Date
June 30, 2009

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: MtnSpectre ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Finally made it on to the trail. I've been out here about three times only to turn back twice because of seeing the standing water. Decided to ride it anyway on my third trip. Although it seems like noone has been out here in a looooong time,evidence that horses is still there. Plenty of ground up trail from the hooves, makes for a pain in the butt ride. Once you get up to higher ground it's not bad at all, in fact enjoyable. I rode it counter-clockwise and enjoyed the ride after getting higher. There were a few trails that I did not explore but I will eventually. I wound up riding almost 18 miles, so I am guessing there is more than 20+ miles out there. On the South end it is still very overgrown and I was expecting to hit a log or something while not being able to see it but luck was on my side this day. Surprised with the amount of ticks I had to pull off considering all the weed whacking I was doing. I was expecting a lot more.

Recommended Route:
Ride this trail clockwise. Either way you choose, you'll be alone out here unless you bring someone to ride with.



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Review Date
August 11, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: scared but not frightened ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is a good trail with low traffic. As such, you will need to be selective on the offshoots because some can get overgrown. The trail in Kaintuk Hollow is a blast to ride in the spring, fall, or right after a good fire. Otherwise, stay to the ridge and the three west hills. I would recommend going up and down the big hill on the south side. "Dogballs" is the hardest hill to ride up but is a blast when ridden downhill with some skill and stupidity. The other hill can be ridden either way but the sand around the pond is frustrating. Horses are there but are friendly enough. You just have to be patient with the sand in a few spots.

Recommended Route:
Start at the flowing well, ride down the road to the north end of the trail. Take the right fork up the hill. Once on the ridge, ride it fast as far south as possible. Take the long downhill and turn right, go past the silo and up the first trail on your right. Take a left at the ridge and go down "dogballs" on the next left. At the bottom at the other spring, go back to the long downhill and ride up it. Once again at the top of the ridge, ride it to the first right. Take that down a nasty washout to the hollow. At the hollow you can follow the trail north or shoot to the road and take it back. All in all about 16 miles of trail with a little back tracking.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Council Bluff, Berryman, Lion's Club



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Review Date
July 15, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Tilman ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is the first time that I have hit this trail in about five years and it continues to be one of my favorite. Yes, there are some loose rocky beat up parts... but they are worth the effort to get to the great singletrack. Work on your bunny hoppin skills before you go out because the singletrack is riddled with branches and logs. These obstacles only make it more fun and help to improve your skills. There are some nasty and rocky downhills but they can easily be absorbed if you just take your time and concentrate on the trail bit by bit. When you are down, take a gel or something to recharge your mind and body otherwise you the trail is unforgiving. Don't fight, just flow.

Recommended Route:
Grab a map from the USFS or find it online. Here is a nice website describing the trails: http://web.umr.edu/~cwatkin/cwome/article1.htm

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Berryman, Katy



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Review Date
October 15, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Funky Gabe ,  Downhiller

Summary:
Good trail with decent climbs and an awsome downhill marked ripple rock. Some locals in the area on horseback, but friendly when asked for directions. The top had a section with sand that was tough to get through, but it didnt last long.

Recommended Route:
I recommend going counter-clockwise



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Review Date
November 27, 2002

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Jeremy , from UMR/Rolla

Summary:
Ok nothing about this trail is that except for a very new rider. How ever I have taken large groups of friends out for a day of riding and its a blast. Pack a lunch and a few beers and you are in for the rest of the day. Only thing to really look out for is horses and all that goes with them. However most horse riders will not give you any trouble at all.

Recommended Route:
Start from the back side of the park. (stop by Route 66 bike to pick up a map... Its in Rolla) there is a great hill that is just over a mile. you will then be up at the top and warm.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
if there is other trails please let me know



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