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Average Rating:    (4.14 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 7

The trail covers rolling terrain and is approximately 8 miles long. Lots of single track with steep climbs and rocky, technical descents. The first four miles loosen you up and the next four peg your heartrate monitor. Lots of fun and much more technical than the McElroy Park trail.
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Latitude
47.07012182383309
Longitude
-99.228515625
Trail Directions
Follow 281N out of Jamestown approx. 3 miles. 281N will bend to the left and there will be a sign that reads, "Pipestem Reservoir." Turn left here and follow the road approx. 1 mile. The trailhead will be on the left. There are mile marker posts and beginning and end signs.
Trail Length
8 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Jamestown
Zip/Postal Code
58401
Country
USA
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Review Date
June 1, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: legless ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
(A first ride review of the trail on Memorial day.)
Wow this trail stunned me, I live in Bismarck and ride trails there daily. I also used to live in Minneapolis and rode trails there regularly. I've also ridden sections of the Maah Daah Hey like other reviewers and I agree this is a far more challenging ride, aerobically, then anything else I've ridden.

Since it was still early season and I was just recovering from an illness I may have not been able to give it my all, but what a blast! Funnest trail I've ridden overall, including world famous Slickrock.

Each technical decent is a little different and nothing's to difficult, so we could bomb some, brake tap others and one section I crawled slowly down as it was covered with large rocks.

We rode the whole 8 miles since we were out for the day. My friends were happily stunned as well.
Really surprised to not see a single other person out riding as the weather was perfect, low 70's & only a slight breeze(unheard of in ND).

A couple spots with setting water, like the other reviewer stated, during early season.

The water was really a refreshing blast as it was towards the end of our ride.

What a great way to celebrate Memorial day!

Recommended Route:
I guess when I go back I would skip the outer loop and just hit the inner loop, maybe ride it twice (if I have the energy), it's that fun!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Nothing much close to here, everything's a couple hour drive... that's ND for ya.



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Review Date
February 24, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: afungusamongus ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I live in fargo, and this is the best trail within an hour drive for me. the only trail ive ridden that is any better is lebannon hills in eagan mn. most of the trail is intermediate as far as skill level goes, but you cant let your guard down for too long or you will find yourself in trouble. more hills than anywhere within several hours of driving. dont ride it too soon after the spring melt or you will find yourself riding through about a foot of water for 50 yards at the 3 mile mark. lots of wildlife to see , but wear bright clothes during hunting season.

Recommended Route:
the race course: outside lap first left at the pine tree by the parking area for the inside lap. if you are looking to kill your legs cross the road after that and find the 5 miles of steep up and downs to the campground.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
McElroy park is a good warmup or cooldown with tech stuff but without huge hills. paul bunyan state forest by Akley/Park rapids is awesome if you have some guts and bring a compass/gps. Anything in the cities, especially Lebannon hills or Afton Alps



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Review Date
July 20, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Coach529 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I am a local here so I ride this course at least once a week. We have a dedicated groups of guys that keep this trail mowed and in tip top shape.

The course has a bit of everything, from fast flowing mowed trail accross the prairie to lung scorching climbs and rocky descents.

We have group rides every Wednesday night usually around 6:30 PM. Come out and join us. Shoot me an email for more info. Mpkfam@msn.com

Recommended Route:
Start at the trailhead and follow the signs!!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
McElroy Park



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Review Date
June 24, 2006

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: ROAD WARRIOR ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Trails are an excelent example of what can can be done with a few hundred acres and only 100 ft of elev. change. Trails in the open areas are grassy but kept mowed, trails under the trees are hardpack, but slow to dry. The 5 mile trail on the north side is mainly a cruiser with a few suprises thrown in. Overall a great way to spend a few hrs. Nothing very tec. but sprinting up the short hills will have you feeling it the next day.

Recommended Route:
8 mile is one way marked at trail head . 5 miler is out and back, or if in a hurry can use dirt rd. as return.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
not from area but there are trails at a park in town



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Review Date
August 9, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: jensen_53 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I believe the trail is in its third year as of 2005. We ride the trail at Pipesteam about once a week and get as much challenge as we want. The 8 mile course is made up of an outside loop (3 miles) and the inside (the remaining 5). The outside loop is a challenge to younger riders and those at an entry to moderate level. The inside loop is longer and about three times more challenging. It has many hill climbs, technical descents and assents, enough negotiating around rocks and close relations with trees to demand your full concentration. For me, a 51 year old rider of moderate skill, completing a full 8 mile lap without stoping or walking a little is something I've not been able to do yet. I've ridden all 100 miles of the Maah Daah Hey and feel this is more challenging per mile. The trail is right next to the Pipesteam river and is mostly within trees. It's very common to spot deer during your ride. The nice thing about the layout of the trail is it offers you three choices, 1) the outside loop, 2) the inside loop & 3) outside and inside. There is also a new 5 mile trail just across the road that is also very nice.
Much thanks to Russ S. for creating and maintaining the trails.
This trail is used for the annual mid-August Gear Grinder Race. Search the web for details and stop by if you can.

Recommended Route:
Outside loop for a moderate to easy ride. Inside loop for a short 5 mile challenge. Both loops for a good workout. There are maps in the mail box at the trail head. The start is next to the road to your right as you look out from the parking area.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The 100 miles of the Maah Daah Hey is also a great ride. Many miles of varried terrain. Bring lots of water and have at least three riders in case you need to search for help.

North Dakota has many good trails and these two are among the best!



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