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Tranquility Park MTB Trail

Average Rating:    (3.45 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 11

Tranquility Park MTB Trail is Omaha's newest trail system, with initial work completed in the Summer of 2004. These trails are primarily singletrack though there are also some short sections of doubletrack connectors. A good mix of terrain can be found here, everything from tight, swervy singletrack slalom through pine trees to wide open grassland climbs followed by speed-building swooping descents to backcountry rough and dirty pockmarked tread that will test your technical skills for a few brief moments. There is a good amount of climbing to be had here (by Omaha standards) but this trail should be ridable for all but the very out of shape. There may be a few sections that will put a rider off their bike (either by ejection or dismount) but for the most part it should be 100% ridable for most riders. For info about this trail and latest reported trail conditions please drop by: [url]http://nebraskacycling.org/v-web/bulletin/bb/index.php[/url] Make sure to thank Dale at BikeMasters for this great trail system! Thanks Dale!
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Latitude
41.30157166252387
Longitude
-96.1060380935669
Trail Directions
From I-680: Exit at Fort St. Drive west on Fort past 120th St. Just past this intersection will be a driveway leading to a parking area. The trailhead is located just south of the first parking lot. I included a link of the current (Dec 2004) trail system. There are two additional trailheads, but land managers have asked that all vehicle traffic to access the trail be confined to the soccer field parking lot to avoid potential problems with homeowners (west trailhead) and the Iceplex patrons (south trailhead.)
Trail Length
4-6 miles (depending on route taken)
Trail Level
Beginner
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Omaha
Zip/Postal Code
68164
Country
USA
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Review Date
August 4, 2015

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: xsramo ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This trail offers a great assortment of climbing, flowy downhill, and some technical sections. I hope they continue to develop this trail and keep adding new obsticals. The section North of Fort street is really great as well so be sure to check that out.



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Review Date
May 14, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Goodbarsix ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This trail can be a great time. The technical areas are few and far in between, but they are worth it. I would like some more technical sections built in, but for now this is a great single track that is easily accessable.



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Review Date
July 13, 2008

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Glued ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
As the trail was in Summer 2007 it was very nice. Nice variety of terrain as was noted in other reviews.

The northern side of the complex is heavily forested, (it's like a tree farm or very dense wind break) it is still quite nicely done and they are adding more trails there. This section is mostly about rhythm and flow and when you get it right, it rocks. Smells good too.

The ravine areas (both north and south sides)are modestly technical and plenty of fun. These sections are cleverly designed and very satisfying.

The remaining downhill section in the prairie area is fun. It builds speed quickly and the two steep drops (that become jumps if you are going fast enough) add more speed. It flows into a high speed turn and finishes up in a right-hander through a stand of trees.

Unfortunately, in late 2007 the trail organization that built and takes care of the trail (T.H.O.R.) did a lot of additions and changes to the hilly and flat prairie areas that aren't really very interesting. The fast downhill from the highest point in the park was narrowly rutted and was not safe to ride very fast, (but if you did, it was fun)

Rather than work out a drainage solution to reduce rutting on the fast downhill section and the long, grinding uphill sections, they just stopped maintaining them.

The long grinder leading to the top of the big downhill has been turned into a set of switchbacks. Probably for erosion control. The old uphill tread is still there but not maitained. Be careful going down hill on the old uphill section, some of the no-longer-maintained sections sometimes have random unmarked hazards, (logs, rocks, water diversion dams, etc) that can be quite a surprise at speed.

The new switchbacks section in the flat open prairie area is just plain dull and pointless. Likewise, the swithcbacks in the SW corner area are mostly snoozers too. Beginners need trails too.

There is one area after the ravine section that has a tight slow turn that would be right at home in a trials course. Just goofy.

They did a heck of a lot of work to add boring trails that they now have to spend precious volunteer time maintaining.

Fortunately most of the boring areas can be bypassed, but UNfortunately some of the more interesting prairie sections are no longer maintained.

All in all, it's worth the trip.

Recommended Route:
Read the map.



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Review Date
April 29, 2008

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: fifthcircle ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This used to be an ok loop for a quick workout. I think it was about 4 miles, once around. The local trail folks (T.H.O.R.) have rerouted a few sections and it has to be closer to 7 miles now. The original fun stuff at the creek and the pine trees is still mostly the same. The big grass hill that used to be up and then down....is now full of switchbacks and extends down and back up the South side of the hill also. I was huffin' and puffin' after the climbs! It's better than it was last year, so if you have not been yet in 2008, go check it out.

Recommended Route:
Park in the gravel parking lot on the South side of Fort St. Ride the singletrack heading South and then turning West along the creek. It will then go uphill to the pine trees. You can't really mess up after that....



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Review Date
April 9, 2008

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: Myhafh ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This is one of the first trails I have taken in Omaha and it was not a disappointment. There is a hillside part that has a few good climbs and there is a second part down by the creek that is semi technical. Definitely a trail I will continue to ride.

Recommended Route:
Depends what your looking for:

The hillside is fun if you want to do a little more climbing.

If you stay just south of Fort you will be able to do the technical by the creek and ride up in the trees on a smaller hill.



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