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Rhett's Run

Average Rating:    (4.47 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 17

This trail was designed by the guys who did the '96 Olympic trail near Atlanta and it really packs alot into a fairly small area. It was financed by area developer Raul Walters as a memorial for his son Rhett. Several local riders volunteered alot of time to help with its construction. The trail's mostly tight, twisty singletrack through forested hills. There are a few connectors including a short, very steep, loop near the sled hill called "Forget-Me-Not." Even though the total trail length is short, you're guaranteed to get a workout if you ride everything in both directions. Also, I'd suggest exploring the old "nature trail" - your chances of getting lost are next to none. This trail was designed as a challenging course for good riders and the off-camber surface, rocks, close trees and steep hills provide a great test-piece for improving one's bike-handling. Average riders may find it frustrating - but they can always sharpen up at Rock Bridge and come back later. (Removing "annoying" rocks and trees is lame, it speeds-up erosion and it waters down the challenge for better riders. Don't Do It!)
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Latitude
38.96835155194149
Longitude
-92.3641848564148
Trail Directions
Take the Stadium Road exit off of I-70 on the West end of Columbia. Go North on Stadium Rd. (about 100 yds) to its intersection with Business Loop 70. Turn right on Bus. Loop and go about 1/2 mile to the entrance to Columbia's Cosmo Park. Study the map posted just inside the park on the left side of the road. Follow the park road past all of the soccer fields and park at the very back of the park at the Harris Shelter. A memorial granite boulder inscribed with the trail name is placed at the trailhead, about 200 ft. away from the shelter at the edge of the woods (East of the softball diamond).
Trail Length
3+ miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Columbia
   


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Review Date
July 5, 2013

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: BikeYoda ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Meh. This trail may have been designed by some experienced folks, but the re-routes, intersections, and markings make it pretty frustrating. After rolling around for 10 minutes looking for a trail head I finally found an intersection off of the gravel Bear Creek trail. This bit of singletrack led me to a new intersection every 30 yards. I folowed as many trail signs as I could find and ended up riding the same 1/4 loop 3 times. It was like 15 different people went in there and built thier own connectors and off-shoots. So, I gave up on that side of the park and rode the section west of the gravel. Much easier to follow. This section had a lot of loose rock and 180 deg switchbacks to interupt the flow. I ended up leaving and driving to rockbridge for a quick lap so my morning wasn't a complete lose.

3 flaming turds for being a mountain bike trail, beyond that I don't have many kind words.

Recommended Route:
Ha! Good luck finding a route on the East side. Only one route on the West

Other recommended trails in the same area:
If you're a local and looking to mix things up, go ahead and ride out here, but find a ride buddy that knows where they are going. If you're from out of town and looking to ride in Como, skip this and go to Rock Bridge.



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Review Date
August 5, 2012

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: PrehistoricDog ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
New trail cut on the northeast side Rhett's! A new 1/2 mile trail was added with some very tight switch backs a nice roller section and even a nice little 2' drop if you carry enough speed! The new trail starts off of the eastern most trail connected to the asphalt by the softball fields and dumps you out just south of the old rock quarry. A great new addition to Rhett's! Thanks to all the trail builders who's efforts are most appreciated!



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Review Date
May 17, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: dgw2jr ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Awesome trails! There's a mix of everything here. The Forget-Me-Not section reminded me of some mountain trails out west.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Rock Bridge, Three Creeks



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Review Date
July 12, 2009

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: chris1911 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Awesome trail! Love the terrain. A nice mix of roots and rocks. Some parts are more rocky than others and the climbs were fairly easy. Wish i would have had someone with me who knew the trail as it was quite confusing, with lots of intersections. I think i was going against the normal flow most of the time, judging by the directions the signs were facing. One thing that ruined a lot of the fun was the spider webs. Lots of them. I was, however, there during the week and didn't see anyone else on the trails. I bet on the weekends it is fine.

I was in the area for just a week visiting the family and went to this trail four times. Found a different way to go each time.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I hear Rockbridge State Park is the other popular trail in the area but it was closed all week.



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chris1911 (07/12/2009)
http://gocolumbiamo.com/ParksandRec/Parks/Cosmo_Park/cosmorhettsrun.php

Best trail map i could find
http://gocolumbiamo.com/ParksandRec/Parks/Cosmo_Park/documents/cosmo8x11.pdf
chris1911 (07/12/2009)
Trail info:
http://gocolumbiamo.com/ParksandRec/Parks/Cosmo_Park/cosmorhettsrun.php

Best map i could find:
http://gocolumbiamo.com/ParksandRec/Parks/Cosmo_Park/documents/cosmo8x11.pdf
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Review Date
October 19, 2008

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: ptmtnbiker ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This is a great system of trails and a great alternative to Rockbridge. There is a variety of terrain considering depending on which section you are in. A lot of fun tight trails, good climbs, and a few difficult technical sections. I always park by the skate park/roller hockey ring and go down the gravel trail - just jump in from there.

Recommended Route:
Really hard to describe one but they all have something to offer and all eventually kick you out to the main gravel trail. Be sure to check out both sides of the gravel trail though - in about 2 hours you will have seen basically everything.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Rockbridge, 1000 Hills in Kirksville, MO



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