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Maah Daah Hey

Average Rating:    (4.66 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 41

This is one of the finest trails I have ridden. Gently twisting singltrack through a surreal landscape with plenty of climbs and descents. I have only ridden the southern tip of this 100 mile long trail (the part near the town of Medora). The trail headed north out of Medora was well marked in May when I was there but it looked quite primitive (underused). This has probably changed with the summer crowds. The trail headed south was in excellent condition and was well used. This area has the potential to become the next Fruita/Moab. However it's remote location, far from mountains and large cities may prevent it from developing into a full fledged mecca. If you are passing through North Dakota on your way to the mountains do not pass Medora without unloading the mountain bikes and enjoying some teriffic riding.
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Latitude
47.279229002570815
Longitude
-103.6285400390625
Trail Directions
Take the Medora city trail(paved)2 mi west out of town. The paved trail ends at a small bridge. Cross the bridge and immediately look for the trailhead on the left side of the road. It is marked with small posts with a turtle logo on them.
Trail Length
6 miles described(of 100 miles)
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Medora
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Review Date
August 24, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: kzeiszler ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I will start out with this trail kicks a**. Beware of summer with lots of Rain they can destroy parts of this trail and we have had lots of them lately. Also I also had a close encounter with a rattle snake in some tall grass i was riding through in the middle of no where. Bring plenty of water and snacks any part of this trail will take you much longer then you think it will. several river/creek crossings and a lack of signage in areas makes this trail seem that much more of an adventure. Love it got to ride it every year at least a part.

Recommended Route:
cotten wood lope and buffalo gap are good single day ones, besides that just jump from camp site to camp site and have fun

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Indian village, sleepy hollow in bismarck



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Review Date
July 5, 2011

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: kevlar1973 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
8 of us headed out to ride 3 of the four legs of this trail supported by the great folks at Dakota Cycle. Dakota was great other then I'm not sure I would trust their opinions on the difficulty of some of the trail sections.

The trail was in pretty rough shape, there was a lot of rain this spring in the area and he it left massive ruts on large sections of trail making for very challenging riding. We did a 10 mile out and back from the Magpie campground, then Elkhorn to Wannagan and Wannagan back to Medora on the Buffalo Gap trail.

First things, the trail was much tougher then expected, this is not rolling terrain at all until the Buffalo Gap section. There is a lot of climbing and it's long and steep especially on the Elkhorn to Wannagan leg. That was also the leg that had the most water damage. There where large portions of the trail that simply was not rideable due to water damage. All 8 of us agreed that the Elkhorn leg was hands down the toughest day we have ever spent on a bike.

Recommended Route:
The trail needs a lot of work, I might wait a year to see how much work they get done on it before riding it.



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Review Date
May 28, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: davfan ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Up and Down single track(good workout). Remote area. Windy. Well marked. We used Dakota cyclery to support our group ride of the complete trail and it/they were excellent. We got lucky and didn't run into rain. Also we crossed the little Missouri river without needing a shuttle. In our group we had 12 riders with all levels of experience. The trail was challenging for all but well all had great fun.

Recommended Route:
All of the trail.



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Review Date
January 15, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: arly ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
After hearing from friends who'd ridden parts of this trail and claimed it was gorgeous, we decided we should get out there and see the Maah Daah Hey ourselves. We arrived with a group of friends and attempted to ride it in 4 days. We thought that since we were experienced and fit MTB riders we'd skip a campground, how much harder could a measly 20 extra miles be? Hate to admit but after riding 30 miles with over 3000 feet of climbing we were spanked so we sagged the remaining distance in. Going that far made the tour more a like a death march than we could appreciate as a vacation. Despite that mistake just as our friends had said we found an incredibly scenic trail crossing a wide variety of terrain. Every bluff we climbed offered a different vista than the one before, in fact the whole trail was surprisingly unpredictable. We'd cross a fairly flat prairie and imagine the trail was going to become a boring grassland, but then we'd drop into another canyon filled with exotic colors. Near Wannagan camp was a petrified forest laid out as if the trees had just fallen. Since we failed to see the trail's entire length during our first trip we retuned a 2nd time and managed to see the entire trail over 5 days largely riding campground to campground. Some of the trail we missed the first time was breathtaking, especially the descents into the Littile Missouri river valleys. If you have the time to ride the whole trail, be sure to ride every mile without missing any segments. Our computers said we did over 120 miles as we rode into Medora. Along the trail we saw the many strange colors of the badlands, fossils, animal life and vegetation, including a hen turkey and her brood of chicks. After out two trips the total number of cyclist we've seen there might be around 8 so we're still wondering why this trial is so underused!! If you care to join us we're planning to ride it again this fall. http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=258260
We've also posted a assortment of trail photos at the gallery section here.

Arlyn & Sandy Aronson arlyn@superiortandems.com

Recommended Route:
All of it



Comments
arly (01/15/2007)
We would have added photos to the review if we knew how. Please let us know if you do. Arly
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Review Date
July 20, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: iwander ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This middle-aged lady found the trail very challenging, but a lot of fun. I really enjoyed the spectacular scenery as I took the bike for a nice walk in these very steep hills. It took 5 days to ride most of the trail. I went with a tour group which provided a water refills 3 or 4 times per day, meals, and carried our bags. I've posted photos at www.waywardpoints.com



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