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Maskenthine Lake

Average Rating:    (4.33 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 6

Maskenthine is 7.33 miles located at the masenthine recreational area on the west side of the lake. It's a great trail that is fun for both beginners and pros. It has some good climbing that'll give you a workout, and some rewarding turny downhills that'll keep you on your toes. It has several log crossings, a stream crossing, some rock gardens, sweet board features including a board berm and a fast banked bridge. It's 60% in pine trees, with some fast prarie sections. It has 2 loops that meet at trailhead 2 (on top of the hill west side of the lake) the trail runs counter clockwise. Trailheads are well marked with big parking lots . Beautiful campground with tent and rv sites. Trail is a 1/8mile away from your campsite.
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Latitude
41.98074
Longitude
-97.237722
Trail Directions
Located at 56462 839th Road stanton, NE 68779. From Norfolk:Take Highway 275 east 9 miles to Ridge Road. Turn south on Ridge Road 2 miles, then west on 839th Road to park entrance. Trail head just inside in overflow camper area.From Stanton;Take Highway 57 north to 839th Road, then turn west 1.5 miles to park entrance. Trail head just inside in overflow camper area.
Trail Length
2.6 Miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Norfolk, NE
Zip/Postal Code
68701
Country
USA
Web Address
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Review Date
December 4, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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2.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: bikewcm ,  Racer

Summary:
Trail is now 7.3 miles. Fast flowy trail, with all kinds of nice features. Board berm, long bridge, couple of rock gardens, some log crossings/step downs,a stream crossing (when we aren't in a drought) some off to the side play stuff (teeter totter small skinny ect)and tons of nice turns. It's well over half in tree coverage to keep you out of the wind and sun.
It has 2 loops that meet in the middle 3.6ish miles each side.

Recommended Route:
Trail runs counter clockwise . Second trailhead is on top of the hill, park in the small lot and from there you can do either loop, both sides have some cool spots.



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Review Date
October 15, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: superspike25 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Great, well maintained trail. There are two loops to this trail. The first half has a technical section in the forest with several log piles and a creek crossing. The back half cuts through the forest and the prarrie is perfect for beginners. Both loops include a drawn out hill that will make your legs burn a bit. The two meet at the 2nd trail head.

Recommended Route:
If coming from HWY 275, you will see a sign that says Maskenthine via country road. Take the gravel road until you see the lake on the right side of the road. Turn right and go over the bridge. The park will be on the left side of the road. Once in the park, head in the direction of the RV/campgrounds. Recommend going up the hill and starting at the 2nd trail head. A parking lot will be on the left.



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Review Date
April 28, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: huskerXCrider ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Pretty fun fast and flowy trail. A little mix of everything here, not too much technical except for one area, thought the teeter totter was cool though! A couple fast downhills. Lots of trail with the new loop on the south side. Happened to be in the area for work, glad I brought the bike!

Recommended Route:
Make sure you go in the main (north) entrance and don't park in the first RV overflow lot like I did. Just wanted to get to riding and figured I would find the trails....I did, but not until I went around the whole lake first. The whole time the trailhead was right next to where I parked!



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Review Date
July 15, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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5.00 of 5, 8.00 votes

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Reviewed by: leadphinger ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Muskateen is easily on par with better known trails in Nebraska such as Swanson, Tranquility, and Jewell. The trail consists of a fun 5.9 mile loop overlooking one of the finest man-made lakes the state has to offer. Good for beginners and experts alike, it has a reasonably difficult tech section and offers a few decent climbs to get the blood flowing. The mix of terrain and well thought out route makes for a good time in almost any weather. Even wet conditions do little to dampen trail conditions, a unique characteristic for a part of the country known for peanut butter mud. The trail is fast but don't get too carried away. Blind corners and switch backs have been diabolically placed at the bottom of nearly every hill. If you haven't ridden Muskateen and happen to find yourself in northeast Nebraska for any reason whatsoever, give it a shot. You will be very glad you did!

Recommended Route:
Finding the starting point can be a little awkward. I generally start at the upper parking lot and head into the trees, the trail intersects here and can take you into any section you feel inclined to tackle first. The loop generally runs counter-clockwise from the western most edge of the trees running down the backside of the park. It then runs south crossing a frisbee golf course and back into a grove of pine trees. From here you will duck and dodge your way through switch backs and over 4 or 5 log crossings. The loop then drops into a fast up down section and spills onto a vast prairie over looking the lake. From here you'll eventually make your way back to the start then be dumped into an extremely fast downhill leading to the technical section. Here you will find all manner of jumps, logs, and even a rock strewn creek crossing. More climbing and prairie awaits after the technical stuff but the ride is basically an easy single track mix from here on.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The next closest single track is almost 70 miles away at Ponca State Park. That's about all there is for single track in the area.



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Review Date
May 27, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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5.00 of 5, 9.00 votes

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Reviewed by: valiant1974 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This is a fun trail with a good mix of terrain. The majority of the trail is in the trees with some climbs, switchbacks and fast descents. There is a short, fairly technical portion with tight switchbacks, a creek crossing and numerous log crossings. This trail will give you a workout.

Recommended Route:
Counter-clockwise starting at the parking area overlooking the lake.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Swanson Park



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