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Potter''s Pasture

Average Rating:    (4.25 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 4

TONS of trails all over. Trees, valleys for shade, some nice gradual climbs, but then some nasty cow made climbs that force to keep the bike strait. Very fun and as challenging as you want to make it. The owner of the land is very gracious to let us use it, it can be trickey to find it at first, but once there it is easy. There are soo many trails you could ride for a month strait and not really have to take the same trail. The group is building more all the time, and so it will be even better. I think anyone in Mid NE should take the time to check out.
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Latitude
40.898981853950986
Longitude
-100.39306640625
Trail Directions
Brady Exit off I80, turn south for about 2-3 miles or till you see gravel, turn right and follow road around and it will turn to gravel road, about 300 yards you will see a windmill on the left, and a gate right below it. Go through the gate, and park and get on and ride. Definately worth it.
Trail Length
Many Miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Brady
Country
USA
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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
November 28, 2016

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: Erin Anderson ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!
This place is amazing - I am constantly finding new trails, can't wait to get back - Winter and Summer it's an amazing place to be!

Recommended Route:
Cedar Ridge, Bryans, Yard sale, etc...



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Review Date
July 13, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Zetal ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Once I found the place (grass was covering up the sign with a bike symbol and the gate was just barbed wire and piece of wood), the place took some time to figure out. I attempted to explore the wooded area on the right side of the valley and found it to be a decent trail area, but it seemed like after a while, some big branch would block the rest of a trail off. I finally worked my way around and found a very beat in cattle trail (it was barely wide enough for a bike's pedals).
Once I gave up on the right side of the valley, I went up on the left side. After the big hike to the top, I found the amazing view everyone talks about and several trail choices. Up on the ridges, the damage from cattle became much more minor and the trails became a whole lot more fun.
I only got through a fraction of the trails before I had to take off, but what I saw gave me a few mixed feelings about the place. Signs that were once there, either broke apart or faded beyond recognition. There were two places I ran into where roots from trees were just going from trail wall to trail wall (cattle and rain wash probably exposed them much more).
On the bright side, once you got the momentum going on the ridges, there were some nice speedy sections. Also, from the top of the ridge labeled "Highline," you could take a route all the way back down to the valley. I ended my session down there by taking that route at full speed. It is definitely worth the climb to shoot down the trail all the way down the ridge.

Pros: Tons of trails (many I didn't even get time to visit), beautiful scenery, opportunity for a nice DH back into the valley, the meadows allow you to find your own trails.

Cons: Not well maintained, cattle really dug into certain areas, signs and markers damaged/missing/forgotten.

Recommendations: Bring plenty of water up there since the hikes up the ridge can be a killer. Don't bother with the woods by the camp grounds, just go up to the tops of the ridges. Be sure to have some leg and hand protection. The grasses and yucca up there can be murder on bare skin.

Recommended Route:
Don't bother with the wooded area by the camp grounds. They're small and even the up hill section there doesn't lead to much. Go up the ridge left of the entrance under the windmill. Work your way all the way to the top.



Comments
Troy Merritt (03/16/2013)
We have been working to maintain the trails at Potter's. You will find them in much better shape as well as many more trails to ride now. Come on out and see! Enjoy the ride!!!
Zetal (06/24/2013)
Great to hear! I'll have to plan it into my next trip!
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Review Date
May 20, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Chris V. ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I just rode potters yesterday! we had a small group of 5 guys with the leader being chad (cquiqdownunder) here in mtbr.com. chad knows all these trails like the back of his hand and lead the way. big thanks to you chad!!

the soil here is pretty sandy, but it is pretty compact. the area is called the sand hills. aparently these trails were built a few years ago and have been recently resurected by local riders like our guide for the day. there are lots of ups and downs with tree roots and small to medium step downs to keep you on your toes. the climbs are generally of the short and rather steep type which can make them fairly challenging, especially on a single speed. we did climb one or two longer climbs, but they can be done if you persevere(i was riding a rlmc29er with a 34 x 20).

the views are absolutely beautiful once you get up on the ridges. i have driven through this area of nebraska many times on i-80 on my way to vacation in colorado. i have never stopped though and enjoyed the senery, and it is really a shame that i have never done that before because the views from the tops of the ridges are just great. the trails on the ridge tops are also the least cattle abused of the bunch too!!

like the last poster wrote, one must really keep sharp lines at potters because of the fact that any mtb trail that is built here will also be used by 2500 lb cattle that really tear into the earth and can turn the mtb trails into deep ruts. i hit my pedals on the sides of the ruts many times. our guide rode through like he was on a lazy sunday afternoon outing. but i did struggle some. one must be very precise with their line when riding potters. this last mentioned fact is what makes potters challenging and sometimes a bit frustrating at the same time.

I really enjoyed myself yesterday and again i must give big props to all the local riders who have established these trails and continue to maintain them.







Recommended Route:
will mention what i consider to be 2 possible weaknesses of potters. others are free to disagree with my opinions.

1. the drive from lincoln is around 3 hours. besides the time spent in the car, as of this writing fuel is very expensive (3.50/gal). we had two guys in our car mid sized sedan with two bikes strapped on the trunk. round trip cost from lincoln to potters, back to kearney and then back to lincoln cost us about 60.00 in fuel charges. that is a little heavy on my wallet...but i suppose it just depends one where on puts their mtb priorities. there are some nice trails locally that i can get to by either bike or car for much less money.














Other recommended trails in the same area:
2. the cattle. i suppose this is kind of a pointless rant on my part as it seems that the cattle are there to help off set the cost of having this private land for mtbers. but the cattle seem to rut out all the trails and leave "cow patties" every where. i am not squiemish, but i don't really enjoy having cow fecal matter spattered on me from my rear tire because i didn't do a good enough job dodging a recent pattie. oh well, nothing is perfect. i will ride potters again, and enjoy it just as much as i did the first time!!



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Review Date
May 29, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Pawndream ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Trails here run the gamut from classic hardpack singletrack along cedar lined ridgelines, to singletrack ribbons cutting a meandering swath across grassy valleys, to deeply rutted technical singletrack chutes, doubletrack middle-ring grunter climbs, and speedy downhill runs. There is a large number of "named" trails to ride here, as well as an even larger number of trail options that are not as established. In general, the trails range from classic hardpacked cross country singletrack, to rugged cross country/all mountain quality.

There is an absence of rocks and log crossings here for technical challenges, but make no mistake about it, technical challenges abound here. On many of the more technical trails, you will be riding in ruts that are ankle to calf deep, with some of them higher than your head. Singletrack chutes. Basically imagine riding up or down a waterslide at a waterpark. Most of these chutes also have varying levels of sandiness, further adding to the technical challenge. Decent with recent rain, powdery patches otherwise. These chutes (cattle ruts)are difficult to adjust to at first, but they truly are alot of fun once you get acclimated to having to pick knife-sharp lines... sloppy lines will put you in a world of hurt.

There are a few drops to be had here and there on the existing trails, but drop options are even greater once you get off the beaten path. Plenty of options for freeriding if you are creative.

Potter's Pasture is a great place to ride, and well worth the trip if you have never been. Even if you have to drive a bit. You can camp at the trailhead, no camping fees, fire pit waiting for you!

The biggest downer about these trails, and the only reason I don't give them 5 Flaming Chili's, is due to limited trail maintenance and incomplete trail signage. The locals are working to improve this, but as far as I can tell there is not a large crew of local riders stewarding over these trails. There also doesn't seem to be a lot of riders taking advantage of this little slice of mountain biking heaven.

Technically speaking, the trails range from very easy to very challenging.

Aerobically the same is true.

The trails are awesome, just don't expect exquisitely manicured singletrack. A sense of adventure will serve you well here.

Recommended Route:
Starting at campground, ride to the windmill, hop on First Way. Link into Two Dogs. Horseshoe Canyon to Freeway. Double Downhill. Potters Perfection. The Desert. Six Man Climb to All Bucked Up. Trail Ridge to Criss Cut Team Trail. Freeway to Triple Bypass. Back to Trail Ridge. Link into Church Grove. Finish with Susan's Singletrack. Other combinations exist, but this was probably the funnest continuous loop I found.

Explore!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Umm.. what trails? Maybe locals know of others, but I don't.



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