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SAC River

Average Rating:    (4.29 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 38

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
May 30, 2014

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: D-Dog ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I ride this trail often and I really like it. The trails are well maintained and easy to follow. The maps are fairly accurate, but there are a number of connector trails that aren't on it. These trails are great for people learning to MTB as well as those more experienced. There are logs, creek crossings, rocky sections, and some climbs.
The Red trail and inner Green trail are great for beginners. Red trail was what I learned how to MTB on, as it had a lot of features to practice with. Some parts are fast and winding, some are rocky and bumpy, some logs near the end cross the trail that you have to roll over, and a good sized creek crossing challenges the courage of the first time rider. I also really like the inner Green trail. Initially rocky and climby, but then it's a gradual smooth downhill that winds through the forest. I have only done this one counterclockwise, but it can be done clockwise too.
The Blue, Yellow, and outer Green trails are more difficult, but are nothing to be afraid of. The map marks these as mod-difficult, but I would say they are more of a easy-moderate trail. Blue is probably the most advanced of the sac river trails, but anyone that has ridden MTB a little should be able to handle it easily enough. I have only ridden it counter clockwise, but it should be able to be done clockwise. Yellow is short, but very rocky/rooty and is very bumpy. Outer green I have only done once, and from what I remember, it had more climbs than the other loops.
I always were bug spray because ticks and chiggers have been a problem in the past. Recently, I have been having trouble with thorns, but I have been there many times without issue. Deer are very common sightings, once I rode right into the middle of about 10 or so before they all bolted.

Recommended Route:
Blue is my favorite
For the beginner, I would suggest red first, then inner green.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Two Rivers Bike Park, Pomme de Terre (Bolivar Landing)



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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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