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Average Rating:    (2.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 4

Either paved road-or sand. Very rolling hills, pretty area. Sand can be pain in the ass, especially with hills.
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Latitude
41.89953003461811
Longitude
-100.30054092407226
Trail Directions
Turn into the National Forest off of HWY. 2. Find a trail- there are lots.
Trail Length
? miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Halsey
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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
May 22, 2007

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: jacob_hi ,  Racer

Summary:
i rode this trail ONCE and NEVER AGAIN!!!

don't waste your time driving up to Halsey to mountain bike the Nebraska National Forest trails, it's hardly worth the disappointment that waits you.

SAND, SAND, SAND, SAND, DEEP SAND, LOOSE SAND, ITS ALL SAND!!! it's not even rideable unless you're on an ATV or MOTORIZED DIRTBIKE!!!

the hiking trails that are marked NO VEHICLES start off nice, but before you know it you're in sand and your tires are flat from the 50+ sand burs you'll pick up every 100 feet. and the nearest location to get tire patches, tire SLIME, or air is 60-80 miles in any given direction.

it took me almost 90 mins to go up the "main" 3-mile SAND TRAP ATV trail that goes up to the fire ranger lookout tower. you're better of carrying your bike and hiking up the trail, you can do it faster that way ... then the ride down the paved road is worth it. LOL!

DO NOT GO HERE, ONLY DISAPPOINTMENT & HEARTACHE & FRUSTRATION LIES AHEAD!

Recommended Route:
don't go out of your way to check out these trails in Halsey, it's not worth your time, money, or effort.

plus, the sand burs are incredible and will puncture the most PUNCTURE-PROOF tire that's manufactured. i know this because i have those puncture-proof steal-beaded tires on my bike, and they had over 200 sand burs in them. my tires were flat 10-mins into my first attempt and i had to drive 60 miles to broken bow to get tire SLIME to fill my tires with. and had i not done that, my tires would have been flat after my 2-hour ride there, because i picked up another 200+ sand burs.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Sand burs abound in the Sandhills, I think I'll stay clear.



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Review Date
October 4, 2005

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Cowpunk ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Ok, I've only been to this place once, and it was in 1996. I stopped off there on my way to Colorado, for a break and a nice ride. I'm only writing this review to warn people who might see those positive reviews, make a trip out there, and get disappointed. That 5-star review was apparently written by a 4-wheel ATV rider, so be warned. There's one thing I remember about this place: sand, sand, sand. Totally unrideable sand. They don't call them the sandhills for nuttin'!

This place is great for MOTORIZED off-road fun. My 2wd Isuzu pickup got stuck 3 times, but I had a blast dodging cows on the trail, and somehow made it out of there.

Recommended Route:
none

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Wildcat Hills



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Review Date
July 23, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Dan Nitzel ,  Weekend Warrior , from Grand Island, NE 68803

Summary:
The Dismal River Trail is Nebraska's first and ONLY trail that is multiple use trail and includes motorized (ATV, dirtbike, snowmobile, less than 50" wide, with FS Approved exhaust) and non-motorized (hiking, bicycle, equestrian) trail users.

Funding for the Dismal River Trail and volunteer labor for building of the trail and maintenance of the trail was and is provided by NOHVA members and by volunteer membership fee's paid by members of the Nebraska Off Highway Vehicle Assn. (NOHVA) For more information on all types of trails at the Nebraska National Forest near Halsey, visit the Halsey Trails web site at www.halseytrails.com .

Better yet, help contribute the trail work at Halsey by:
(1) Sign up for the Halsey Trails Committee, it's FREE.
(2)Join NOHVA so that membership fee's can help with the trail.
(3) Contact the U.S. Forest Service!

Recommended Route:
For complete trail info, visit the www.halseytrails.com web site and select your interest. Trails exist for all trail users. Motorized vehilces MUST HAVE a QUIET full exhaust including mufflers that meet U.S. Forest Service standards and motrized vehilces are asked to stay on marked routes only.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Best for hiking, biking, horse only: Scott Lookout Tower Trail.

Other routes with No ATVs/Dirtbikes but allows hikers, bikers, horse, cars, jeeps: NE Highway 86, Circle Road, Natick Road, Gaston R



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Review Date
April 14, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Shawn Green

Summary:
You'll see there is a lot of changes in the terain and vegation. One minute you'll be on long flat strait aways and then you'll be in an area where there are steep hills and thick trees. I recomend this trail for all ages and groups of people. Care should be taken in some areas and everyone should wear Proper Protective Equipment/clothing.

Recommended Route:
Start at the main campground and ride the dismal trail 11 miles south to the Whitetail campground.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The Forest Service recomends that everyone stays on designated trail and not to be makeing new one! We (ATV riders) should respect this or we will loose our privliges!!!!



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