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Trail Difficulties
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  • Double Black Diamond

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  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

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  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
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  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
      This trail system is directional, with a generally counterclockwise flow beginning at the trailhead. It is hard packed singletrack with a mixture of log jumps, dips, intense climbs, and fast flowing sections. There are downhills that offer the chance get up some speed and switchbacks that are technical enough for just about any rider. You'll also find a couple shallow water crossings. There are about 17 miles of single track and 4 miles of fire road to make it worth the drive. Plenty of connections/bailouts are available to change up the order of trails and make a full day of riding.

      **NOTICE: IDNR prohibits the use of E-bikes on this trail system.**

      Trail 2 begins just after the Haul Road gate at the trailhead. This trail is easy singletrack around a meadow and is a good trail to warm up on for the rest of the ride.

      Trail 2B begins at the end of Trail 2 with a short, steep climb called 'surprise hill'. It is wooded singletrack with a large ravine crossing near the middle. The ravine decent and climb are moderately steep.

      Trail 3 is a short, easy section which begins at the bailout at the end of Trail 2B. It is a wide singletrack through a meadow area. The front half is a steady, slight incline, while the second half is a fast, moderately straight decline.

      Trail 4A has wall ride turns, a drop section, water crossing, and a long climb called 'heartbreak hill'. It follows a twisting and slightly uphill path along ravine tops. There is an optional dip into the steep ravine called 'I-74'. Occasional log piles and skinnies are scattered throughout. At the end the rider can choose to continue straight to Trail 5 or switch to Trail 4B.

      Trail 4B begins at the end of Trail 5 and the connector from Trail 4B. It is long, fast, and downhill with a drop midway and a table top at the end. The trail is relatively straight with good sightlines.

      Trail 5 is a loop beginning and ending at the end of Trail 4A and the start of Trail 4B. It has a number of steep dips, log jumps, and a few narrow spots. There is a fast, flowing section before coming to the 'playground'.

      Trail 6 starts out with moderate descents and climbs that soon lead to the 'three kings'. The 'three kings' are a series of steep climbs and descents with a couple dangerous switchbacks near the end. This section will certainly test any rider's skills.
      Trail 7 begins on Haul Road just a short ride from Trail 6 and provides a return route to the trailhead. The trail contains a few ravine dips prior to the major ravine crossing near the middle. The ravine includes a water crossing and a steep climb and switchback. The remainder of the trail is moderately level and exits onto Haul Road.

      Devil's Gulch has a fast off camber downhill turn followed by a tight windy climb. At the top of the climb is a sharp right to a log drop and a short steep table top. It continues through bench cut ravines, jumps, and log piles. It is touted as one of the most exhilarating portions of the system. A bailout connects the end of the trail to Haul Road.

      Haul Road a dirt/gravel road running alongside the west side of the trail system. It is generally an easy ride that has several modest up and down hill portions. There are bailouts allowing riders to exit, or enter, the system. Bailouts are located at the end of trails 2B, 3, and Devil's Gulch.

      Heaven and Hell is a complex section of the system beginning with narrow, bench cut downhills and tight switchbacks. This leads to a quick rise and drop in the middle before the trail begins an arduous climb back to the top of the ridge
      Nirvana begins roughly in the middle of Trail 4B and consists of a fast, steep downhill that transitions into flowing singletrack which gradually climbs up to meet the beginning of Trail 6. Alternatively, there is a connector prior to the end that joins near the beginning of Devil's Gulch.

      Playground Loop is on the interior of Trail 5. A climb sets the rider up for a fast downhill with a number of jumps in succession. This is followed by another climb leading to a second faster, longer downhill with more jumps.

      Session traverses the area between the beginning of Trail 4B and the middle of Trail 6. It slopes gradually downhill away from Trail 4B and is nearly straight. This is a great trail to use to reset your ride to the beginning of Trail 4B, Heaven and Hell, Nirvana, and Devil's Gulch.
      Primary Trail Type: Cross-Country
      eBikes Allowed: No
      AKA: IDNR Conservation Area
      Kickapoo State Park MTB Trailhead google parking directions
      Access Info:
      CR 1950N and CR 1200E off of Henning Rd is the "Official TrailHead"
      Also the "Backlot" off of Henning Rd>CR2000N>CR1180E>CR2030N
      Region Details
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      • 7
      • 3

      Region Status
      Open as of Oct 8, 2019 ago


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      Trails (view details)
      Trails Mountain Bike
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      Trails Trail Running
      Total Distance
      17 miles
      Total Descent
      3,068 ft
      Total Vertical
      197 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      779 ft
      Ridden Counter

      Recent Ridelog Activity in Region

      • 3 rides
      • 12 miles avg distance
      • 2 rides
      • 10 miles avg distance
      Past Week
      • 14 rides
      • 13 miles avg distance

      Photos of Kickapoo State Recreation Area Mountain Bike

      trail: Trail 8
      25 |
      Jul 29, 2019 @ 8:30am
      Jul 29, 2019
      trail: Trail 2
      40 |
      Jul 17, 2018 @ 7:35pm
      Jul 17, 2018
      trail: Trail 4
      43 |
      Aug 18, 2017 @ 2:43pm
      Aug 18, 2017
      trail: Trail 4
      321 |
      Dec 16, 2015 @ 4:50am
      Dec 16, 2015

      Videos of Kickapoo State Recreation Area Mountain Bike

      Kickapoo Super D Train 2017
      trail: Trail 5
      2:05 | 80 | Aug 22, 2017
      Kickapoo 15'
      2:29 | 192 | Jun 26, 2016
      H&H Down Preview
      2:15 | 149 | Jun 16, 2016

      Recent Trail Reports

      Kid's Loop
      Oct 8, 2019 @ 3:24pm
      Oct 8, 2019
      Very DryZebraJacket99 KMBC
      Trail 1B
      Oct 8, 2019 @ 3:24pm
      Oct 8, 2019
      Very DryZebraJacket99 KMBC
      Trail 2
      Oct 8, 2019 @ 3:24pm
      Oct 8, 2019
      Very DryZebraJacket99 KMBC
      Trail 3
      Oct 8, 2019 @ 3:24pm
      Oct 8, 2019
      Very DryZebraJacket99 KMBC
      Trail 4
      Oct 8, 2019 @ 3:24pm
      Oct 8, 2019
      Very DryZebraJacket99 KMBC
      Trail 5
      Oct 8, 2019 @ 3:24pm
      Oct 8, 2019
      Very DryZebraJacket99 KMBC
      Playground Loop
      Oct 8, 2019 @ 3:24pm
      Oct 8, 2019
      Very DryZebraJacket99 KMBC
      Heaven & Hell
      Oct 8, 2019 @ 3:24pm
      Oct 8, 2019
      Very DryZebraJacket99 KMBC
      Trail 6
      Oct 8, 2019 @ 3:24pm
      Oct 8, 2019
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      Super D Bailout
      Oct 8, 2019 @ 3:24pm
      Oct 8, 2019
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      Activity Feed

      user #1890687TwoBigWheelswishlisttrailTrail 1A and 1 more
      Oct 9, 2019 @ 7:06pm
      Oct 9, 2019
      user #988772ZebraJacket99addreportKid's Loop and 12 more
      Oct 9, 2019 @ 10:40am
      Oct 9, 2019
      user #1951233wdrewlandisriddentrailHeaven & Hell and 14 more
      Oct 8, 2019 @ 10:29am
      Oct 8, 2019
      user #1278760anmarovotetrailTrail 1A
      Sep 30, 2019 @ 12:21pm
      Sep 30, 2019
      user #988772ZebraJacket99updatetrailTrail 1A and 1 more
      Sep 27, 2019 @ 6:00am
      Sep 27, 2019

      Recent Comments

      user #988772ZebraJacket99trailPlayground LoopNew feature work has been done recently on...
      Jul 19, 2019 @ 8:13am
      Jul 19, 2019
      user #1230894AllwoodlovegoodtrailTrail 5Great view and my favorite trail at Kickapoo.
      Mar 17, 2017 @ 10:01am
      Mar 17, 2017
      user #1230894AllwoodlovegoodtrailPlayground LoopThis part is really fun and this mini-trail...
      Mar 17, 2017 @ 9:58am
      Mar 17, 2017
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