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46.07015
Longitude
-96.886997
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Hankinson
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Review Date
September 2, 2014

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: shining_trapezoid ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
As mentioned, not the easiest to find. From Highway 11, turn north on 165th Ave SE, then west on 91st St SE for which I saw no sign. Instead of driving all the way to the campground, I parked at the first trailhead along the gravel road. Starting from there and taking the trail clockwise, the first two miles were the most crap-covered trail I've ever ridden. Cows use this part of the trail more than people and it shows. It's been a wet year and the dirt in this area is soft, so the trail was pretty chewed up from cattle and horses walking on it. Parts of the trail were like riding in a roto-tilled garden. After the first 2 miles, the amount of cow pies on the trail decreased. As you come around to the north part of the loop, you go by the campground and there are a couple gates to go through. The eastern half of the trail isn't too bad. A few spots where you have to charge through the soft dirt, but most of it is pretty gravelly. The wooded areas are nice and quiet and keep you out of the wind. I enjoyed those sections.

There is nothing steep or technical about this trail. A couple of gentle hills, but obviously this region is pretty flat. The only thing remotely challenging about it is avoiding the cow and horse poop and charging through the soft dirt in a few places. The path is wide and easy. This could easily be ridden by a beginner on a rigid bike, or something like a Vaya with aggressive tires.

I didn't see any other cyclists or tire tracks on the trail. I did see a few equestrians. Judging from the look I got from the fat cow riding a sad horse with a cig in one hand and a beer in the other, they don't necessarily take kindly to bicycles 'round here. The horse riders also just throw their garbage all over the place. Plastic bags, plastic bottles, beer cans, beer bottles, socks (?!?) littered the trail. I might go back cuz beggars can't be choosers and there aren't many trails in this region, but, generally speaking, the cow pokes can have it.

Recommended Route:
There is another trailhead north of the campground with parking and a map. This might be a better spot to start. You could do the east half of the loop and take the gravel road from the southern trail head to the northern one. There are a couple side-trails and options too. Going clockwise from the northern trailhead at about 4 miles you can take a hard right and it will loop back about a mile and you can ride what you just rode in the other direction, which was sort of fun.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
If you're into riding gravel roads, there are quite a few miles of that in the area too.



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Review Date
August 9, 2009

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: mtnbikerlostinnd ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
A litte hard to find and hard to find directions for. Take I-29 South from Fargo and take the Hankinson exit (this is getting pretty close to ND/SD border). Drive through Hankinson on 11. Just past Hankinson take a right on county 166 (it is just past a sign that welcomes people to Hankinson coming from the other direction). When it dead ends at a T take a left. When you get to where the road either turns or you have to cross a cattle guard, go over the cattle guard. Take the main road to the right and it will take you to the campground and past several spots where you can see the trail. Single track trail and there is suppose to be 8 miles worth. Did not notice any maps. Camping was $6 a night for a tent. There is water and pit toilets, but no trash service. There is an adjacent horse camp, separated by fence.

Recommended Route:
There are old/informal trails around, but the actual trail is well marked with sign posts. Look around as you are driving on the main road and you will see spots where it takes off. For Eastern North Dakota its one of the best trails around. Not real technical, but there are a few sandy spots and it has some up and down.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Sica Hollow in South Dakota and Sheyenne National Grasslands.



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