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SAC River

Average Rating:    (4.27 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 37

This is a twisty little set of singletrack built on municipal property. It's tight and largely hardpack, with lots of roots and embedded rocks to bounce over. There are several constructed jumps that will let you air it out.
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Latitude
37.16031654673677
Longitude
-93.33984375
Trail Directions
Take highway 13 north of Springfield. The easiest way to find 13N is to get there from I-44 via the Kansas Expressway/13 HWY exit. Take 13N for about 5 miles and you will see a brown parks sign pointimg left (west). Turn on this drive and you'll enter the park area. The trailhead is easily found in the chat parking area on the right. There's a sign and an information board with a map that you can't miss.
Trail Length
probably 8-9 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Springfield
   


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Review Date
September 1, 2013

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Kari ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I actually hiked this trail today; didn't ride. Just wanted to post a warning - Great trails & beautiful out there but FULL of tics. My friends & I left there with tiny tics crawling all over us. So tiny that a lot of them were hard to see. My friends dog are highly infested now as well and being treated. So enjoy the trail but be aware & take appropriate cautions.



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Review Date
May 3, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: onpaperwings ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
A great trail that is being maintained well now. I started riding this trail about six months ago and am just now figuring out all the different trails (but this is a good thing).

I uploaded a video of Sac River here: https://vimeo.com/65393541

Recommended Route:
For beginners, stay on the Red route which has good, fast areas as well as some good stream crossings and hills.

The Blue route is a good long trail that has everything Sac River can offer - stream crossings, shelf rocks, long climbs, tight turns, etc.

Don't go immediately after rain or snow as the Red route gets VERY muddy, but wait a few days and all is well.



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Review Date
May 20, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: dgreene2010 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Trail system has vastly improved since I used to ride here. Road here before moving to St. Louis 7 years ago and it seems it has had a lot of work done. I know some of the guys at Cycles Unlimited do weekly maintenance and you can really tell the difference. Nice cross country trails but doesn't have the steep climbs that other trails in the area have (that may be good or bad depending on your riding style). Trail has some fun ladders and jumps too. May not be the most difficult or technical, but definitely a fun ride. You can easily ride there all day long or a quick ride after work.



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Review Date
November 4, 2010

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: JPMFTR ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This trail has been DRAMATICALLY improved over the last year. For anyone who was used to riding good trails, Sac was terrible. The endless spiderweb of trails was poorly maintained, washed out, and just plain annoying. Most of the time you couldn't ride for more than 30 secs without deciding on a split in the trail. It was to the point where I didn't ride it for 2 years and took a lot of convincing to go back and see the work that was done.
I am impressed. The group did a good job and I hear there is more in store for this winter. The spiderweb is gone. Almost all trails emanate from the parking lot and 2 hubs out in the park.
This is not a technical set of trails. The roughest portion is the northern part of the outer loop, which is mostly old trail. My description of the trail in the past was "not technical enough to be technical, but too rough to be fast". It is now faster than it used to be, but still rocks and gravel to tame the speed a little.

After spending most of the last 10 years telling people Sac River was not worth any drive, I'll now say it is a nice trail. Not awesome, but a good trail. After not going for 2 years, I've now been twice in 2 weeks.

Recommended Route:
Ride all the trails both directions.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Landahl in Kansas City is still the best in MO.



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Review Date
January 21, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: 88brad88 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This trail is a great trail if you are just starting out or if you've been riding for while. I rode on it yesterday around 3 and it had rained in the morning so there were some muddy spots. I had a blast since I love riding in mud, but my tires kept spining out going up hill on some of the rocks so that was the only part that sucked. There are some creek crossings, a lot of corners on this course and a bunch of little trails that all connect together. If you ever happen to get lost you can just find a creek and it will lead you to the river and back to the trailhead. If you like taking pictures, there are some great views of the river and creeks. Also when I went yesterday there was a doe that let me get about ten feet from it so that was cool. If you are have time when you go there is also a park called Ritter Springs not far that is a good place to visit. That park is near Fantastic Caverns.

Recommended Route:
Any way you go is a great trail to go on.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Busiek between Springfield and Branson. Also the Devreaux Ridge near Chadwick. If you have a dirtbike, the Chadwick trails are a place great to ride near Devreaux.



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