You start out dropping on to Big Tire for a short 10-15 minute ride to the top and then wind your way through the sage and pick a downhill trail from 8 or 9 different trails, ride across the bottom and back up to come down another trail - we generally consider a moderate ride 2 ups and 2 downs in an hour, clocking 7-8 miles. If your looking for technical then Slick rock is thrail for you. It's on the opposite side of the canyon and is quite a climb and drop off. Bring water and tools the ride site is about 3-5 miles from town. Trail maps are available at trailhead. Another good practice bring a snakebite kit, we ocassionally see a rattler or two crossing the trail or hiding just off of them. These trails are available virtually year round and are even more fun for night riding - See you out there real soon. I've actually heard people say our trails are comparable to or better than Moab, UT.
The site is essentially tucked into the corner of Hwy 395 & Interstate 82. Coming from south, east or west take I-82 to exit 113 to Hwy 395 north, take next right (Law Lane - State Patrol office is at the top of the hill)Park at the dead end. From the north take Hwy 395 south through Kennewick turn left just past 36th Ave (on left after last major traffic lighted intersection is 27th) onto Law Lane park @ deadend. Enjoy your ride!
Summary: The area known as the "State Patrol Trails" is privately owned, but is not on property owned by the Owens, Blairs or Bowers. Their land is to the east and southeast. The SP trails are private nonetheless and everyone needs to get along. MX riders do occasionally ride the "State Patrol Trails", but primarily ride more on the private property east and south of Olympia Street. They are great guys and have kept the trails South and East of Olympia Street rideable and knock down the weeds. Also, when they occasionally ride the "State Patrol Trails", they help knock the sharp edges of the berms. Most of the area landowners have been gracious regarding access and most of the land is un-fenced and un-posted. That is unheard of in most of the country. All the land in the highlands south of Kennewick needs to be treated with respect, including that owned by Nowak, Blair, Goodman, Bowers, Bateman, Owens, Knutson, Schmelzer, Kennewick General Hospital, and a host of others. THANKS!
The majority of the singletrack known as the "State Patrol Trails" was in fact blazed in the last 15-20 years by mountain bikers on approximately 2-3 square miles of private land. It is a moot point, however, as a big chunk of the land is presently up for sale and will soon be developed unless bikers, hikers, runners, dog walkers, MX riders, etc. let the Kennewick City Council and Benton County Commissioners know that it needs to be preserved for outdoor recreation and wildlife habitat. Otherwise kiss it goodbye soon. A potential buyer for the two big parcels currently FOR SALE (500 Acres), which contain some of the most popular and well used trails, could easily decide to immediately fence it off and post NO TRESPASSING signs.
Review Date January 11, 2013
Overall Rating 5 of 5
Aerobic Difficulty 5 of 5
Technical Difficulty 5 of 5
Ridden Trail: Once a week
Reviewed by: danny
Summary: To all the peddle pushers................
You must not act like you own this trail system, the trails you ride are trails my good friends made years and years ago on dirt bikes.. Yep that's right dirt bikes not bicycles.
My friends are the Bowers family that live on lump off joe and the Owens family at the end of Owens rd and the Blair family on Less Blair rd..
They are the land owners to this day so you better fill privileged you get to ride somewhere this nice close to town...
So next time you go for a ride and you see a dirt bike don't act like your the trail boss'es, just remember who made the trail you are riding on before you stop a dirt biker...
I'm look forward to seeing you guys out there but not in a hostile manner..
FYI... With the snow melting off the dirt has been great super traction no dust...
Summary: State patrol is primarily very tame and flowy single track. lots of small climbs and fast turny descents.
Starting in May of 2010 there have been several freeride type features added to the trail system. Primarily on Fred and Johns, and Slime.
as of today there is a large wooden hip, one wooden table top, and two large wooden drops. There are about 30 dirt jumps varying from 3 to 15 foot gaps. Most of the features on are Fred and Johns and Slime, however there are a few jumps on skateboard as well.
I would say that there are enough features to occupy a good bike rider/ dirt jumper for an entire saturday. as long as you throw in a couple clmibs and descents on some of the fun trails like xcut and baha.
Recommended Route: Park at the southwest corner ("top" of trail system). Ride southern most trail to top of fred and johns trail head. go down fred and johns and session for a while. Then climb back up and hit up xcut (the next run over from fred and johns) This is a really fast and tight turning single track, little bit of climbing at the bottom. At some point (near the end of the trail) you will come to a double wide fire road type of trail. Take a right on it, then take your first right on the next single track. Take this back to the top (gonna be a decent climb). Then take left at the top and ride southern most trail till it ends and you see a sign for skate board. Skate board has a drop into a step up/double into two doubles into larger step up. Once done their head east till you get to another trail pointing south, then climb back up to the southern most trail again (heads east to west), then take a left on that and head to your last trail (farthest east), slime. Session slime for a while. This ride should occupy someone for atleast 1.5 to 2.5 hrs, depending on if your in good shape for the climbs.
Summary: Trailhead: Turn east off Hwy 395 at the State Patrol sign. You can park at the barricade area just off the freeway. This puts you on a flat area overlooking the lower half of the trail area, so your final ride is downhill with a quick climb to the top.
Take water. There's not a tree anywhere on the place. If it is hot and dry, some of the track (much of the lower end) will get ridiculously soft and sandy.
Recommended Route: Head uphill: The first established trail N out of the flat area is Easy Way. It is a flat, steady climb without much view, but it's fast. At the edge of the slope off the flat area is a downhill singletrack heading N; this is the lower end of Big Tire. Big Tire is a relatively flat, steady climb with curves and scenery (if you like sagebrush and wildflowers), but yield to downhill traffic, because they are usually hauling.
Big Tire, Fred-N-Jon's, and Skateboard have dirt jumps. Big Tire has some wood ramp jumps under construction. Every jump can be bypassed on the trail.
Fred-N-Jon's and Skateboard have some rock exposure. The rock is pointy basalt. Skateboard has a rocky slope approx 4' high that can be jumped or taken on a diagonal.
Woody's and Freeway are at the top of Easy Way and the other trails can be reached from them. They are twisty good fun.
BT2 and X-Cut are good rolling downhills with switchbacks and descents, good places to show newbies what fun a real trail can be, without getting them bloody and making them hate it.
Other recommended trails in the same area: Echo OR trails: Very similar. They have a couple XC bike races during the year.
Chamna Preserve trails, Richland WA: Nearby, but flat. Trees and river scenery.
Summary: I'm a local here and know the trail system well. These trails are good to ride Fall-Winter-Spring, in the Summer some areas do get sandy.
The review below is accurate, but omits the ONE excellent trail on the north side fo the canyon, variously named "slickrock" or "tailpipe". It climbs the ridge over lots of basalt rock, and is real singletrack the whole way. You eventually summit a minor ridge and see the city of Kennewick laid out before you. I think that it's about 400 feet of climbing over 1.25 miles.
Recommended Route: Usually do an out-and-back route.
You get to it by decending one of the trails(e.g. Big Tire, Fred 'n John's, Baja, X-Cut, etc.) on the south (main) side of the canyon. You come out at the dry creek bed and an obvious doubletrack goes right or left. Left heads downhill to the dam, right goes uphill towards southeast. Take a right and head up the doubletrack (unless you decended Slime or Lost and Found then go left and down). You want do take a left onto another doubletrack and then a quick left onto the singletrack-both of these climb quickly out of the canyon. Landmarks: You will see some high-voltage electric lines running across the canyon and some white marble looking stones in the path. This is where to turn off the canyon doubletrack. Once you're on the singletrack just follow it up and around as it skirts the ridge and crosses a couple of doubletracks. You know you are at the end when you are on the "summit" of the ridge. You could continue riding on the doubletracks that are around here, but I usually turn around and head back the way I came...