Location: Wilson

Wilson Lake Trail-Building Report

News from the Central Kansas Mountain Bike Club regarding trail work at Wilson Lake:

The second Wilson Trail Party of 2008 was a highly productive (and safe) success, with an industrious and talented crew of 16 mountain bikers from as far as Osage and Ford Co’s. We completed approximately 1 mile of new trail in an under-used section of the Park directly across the cove from the marina.

Everyone should be proud of their accomplishments, which will give many years of recreation for many people. The total single track mileage at Wilson is now about 15. If you’ve not ridden this beauty lately, don’t wait. You won’t be sorry.

Like much of the existing Switchgrass trail, the new section features a little bit of everything, including a fast downhill slalom, exposed rocky ledges, smooth open turns, short steep climbing turns, bench cuts, rocky drop offs, and great scenery close to the water.

Various names were floated for the new loop including The Fenceline, Post Rocks, Stone Fence, and Stonehenge. Most of us got a chance to ride it a couple of times and got to ride the remainder of the trail too.

Read more, or view photos from the event.

Wilson Lake is located in the heart of the Smoky Hills, approximately 25 miles east of Russell, and is one of Kansas’ premier recreation hotspots, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful areas in the state. The Wilson Lake Trails are located in Wilson State Park, and host the annual Kansas Fat Tire Festival each May.

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By Randy Rasa, editor/webmaster at Kansas Cyclist, the web's premier Kansas cycling information site, featuring authoritative guides to Kansas cycling clubs, bike shops, organized bike rides, touring, trails, and much more. [learn more]

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