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Lick Creek Trail

Average Rating:    (3 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 2

Trail is on Corps property on Mark Twain Lake which is viewed from many spots on the trail. It is a multi-use trail but recieves little equestrian use. Single track over rocky hard packed surface. Trail is almost exclusively in heavy Oak timber except when at the lake edge. There are no long climbs, but some very challenging decent/climbs in and out of the numerous ravines. A handful of the switch backs are too tight. One can never relax on this trail. It demands your concentration on either the next rock, the next fallen tree, the next ravine, or the next trail marker. I am always frusted that I didn't clear this, or I didn't make it out of that. That frustration always draws me back.
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Trail Directions
From Hannibal, go west on US 36 approximately 14 miles to Rt. J and turn left. Go south on Rt. J 14 miles across the Clarence Cannon Dam. Across from the US Corps Of Engineers Ray Behrens Recreation Area turn left into the Parking Area of the Trail head
Trail Length
8 miles
Trail Level
Trail Type

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Review Date
October 23, 2012

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: randy c ,  Weekend Warrior

I can't see anyone riding all of this trail. The Short loop is rideable but if you try the long loop your going to hike a bike alot. We rode/hiked it last Sunday and it took us 5 1/2 hours. If you do try it, you can ride route J back to your starting point.

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Review Date
October 21, 2000

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Michael , from St. Louis

Most commonly heard phrase while riding here: "Ok...where's the damned trail now?!" I suppose riding the trail just as all the leaves were beginning to fall didn't help my being able to spot the actual trail, but I swear, sometimes I was just riding on a hunch...hoping I was somewhere near the supposed trail. You'll find yourself wandering off the trail several times, especially where there are sharp switchbacks (very hard to see them cut so sharply on such a lightly worn trail). It is an excellent trail if you're looking for 1) a good workout 2) rough terrain / slower ride 3) a mental and physical challenge 4) a ride that doesn't necessarily limit you to a very specific worn path. If you go into it with this mindset, the trail rules. Just don't go into thinking it's another run-of-the-mill trail. Though the trail is actually 8 miles (16 out and back--contrary to what's stated above in the trail description) don't compute your expected time to finish on normal standards...it probably takes 1 1/2 to 2 times as long as normal trail rides. NOTE: The yellow dots on the trees on this trail are your greatest friends. Find the trees with yellow paint to stay on path.

Recommended Route:
best part of the trail is the "long" loop near the beginning of the course (if you begin at the trailhead nearest to Ray Behrens)

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