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Trail of the Four Winds-Lake Ozark State Park

Average Rating:    (3.96 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 28

All singletrack, of varying difficulty. Basically a big loop, with several smaller loops connecting to it. Easy to bail out of most areas. This is Karst topography, which means ROCKY!! This trail is challenging and fast for a serious rider, but is rideable by average riders at slower speeds. There are horses sometimes, so the trail condition varies, but mostly good. Excellent for night riding. Bring water, and you will get ticks in the summer unless you never stop. This trail is what its all about: rough, fast, big hills, and silly-fast descents.
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Latitude
38.11659638311516
Longitude
-92.62126922607422
Trail Directions
From the Hwy 54 & 42 junction, go South about 5 miles to the state park turn-off, to the right. Follow main park road about another 1 1/2 mile and look for well marked trail head on Right. Lots of gravel parking.
Trail Length
5 to 17 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Osage Beach
   


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Review Date
July 6, 2014

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Blake ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I rode the south loop from the parking lot on the west side of 134, just south of the trail center building. There were two short sections of mediocre single track, but 60 to 75% of my ride was just rutted-out fall-line double-track. For the most part, the trail was straight as an arrow, completely monotonous (in terms of both terrain and scenery), ambiguously marked, and virtually unmaintained. It also (so far as I can tell) wasn't a loop. The orange blazes that supposedly demarcate the "loop" lead me first to a dead-end overlook where I had to retrace my steps, and then eventually to Ridge Crest Road, where I had to retrace basically my entire ride.

I logged my ride with Strava, and noticed afterwards that there is basically no Strava activity on Trail of the Four Winds. This matches my experience on the trail. I didn't see any MTB tracks. Just hoof-prints.

Recommended Route:
Just avoid the south loop. (As a result of covered or missing blazes, misleading signage and/or no signage at all, I ran out of time to ride the north loop. But given that there is only one Strava entry for the north loop, I suspect that local riders aren't spending their time at Trail of the Four Winds.)

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Honey Run.



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Review Date
May 31, 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 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Just got home from riding here. Bring some off? Ha ha ha, that won't help and not stopping won't help either. I lost count how many ticks I was pulling off. I'm sure I'll find some more. I rode it counter-clock wise, don't know if it makes that much of a difference. It is rocky and there are some areas that are still pretty muddy and with the horse traffic....blah in those areas. Don't know what was up, but today there was noone except me and the ticks on this trail. Lots of ups and downs. The ups were rocky and rooty along with the mud churned up from the horses, made for a cardio kick me in the arse ride. The downs were fun as they usually always are. I only ate it once and that was my fault, riding into a bunch of leaves that was hiding a ditch. Wouldn't have happened if I had stayed on the right path but to me wrecking is part of what riding is about. Think I'll try it clock wise next time like the guys at Oz Cycles suggested.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Bittersweet and Honey Run



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Review Date
May 12, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: jordanbonnot ,  Downhiller

Summary:
I rode Trail of 4 Winds yesterday and it was muddy and wet! I had a blast though. It was a good ride. I will wait a couple of days after it rains to go though next time. Bring a lot of water. When you park at the TH, start on the trail that does not have a sign for TH. I got a map from the park and it was not quite acurate. I think I ended up on the yellow trail, not really sure. Watch for the horse poop and bring lots of water. Put on some OFF! too.



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Review Date
October 7, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Hammer71 ,  Racer

Summary:
Four Winds is in great shape. Phat Tire Hillbillies has recently spent many hours cleaning and grooming this multi-use trail. Midwest Fat Tire Series just completed their last race of the year here and out of the 50 plus racers only one finished the 12 mile course in under on hour. Bring plenty of water and a firm grip. Dan @ Oz Cycles(573.964.7000) has maps of all the trails at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Recommended Route:
Hwy 42 to 134 to the trail head on top of the hill on the right. Go down the fire road and take the first right into the trail.Have fun and enjoy all the hard work fellow mtn bikers have put in to make this the nexr best trail in Missouri.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Honey Run, Binder Lake( Jeff City) Rhetts Run ( Columbia)



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Review Date
October 14, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: EclipseRoadie ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This trail has some real technical stuff at times and I would plan to make a day of it if you intend on riding the whole thing. Also, horse damage has gotten particularly bad and that combined with recent rain makes parts of this trail unrideable. So, there is some hike-a-bike. Otherwise, there are some real fast downhills on this trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Honeyrun, Bittersweet



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