12 miles
Distance
1,669 ft
Climb
-1,668 ft
Descent
00:43:10
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Council Bluff Lakeshore Trail

Details

  • Riding area
    Ozark Trail
    Potosi, Missouri
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Bike type
    XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    Jan-Dec.
  • Ride in rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
  • Land Manager

This trail was designed with mountain bikes in mind, and that becomes immediately apparent as you swoop up, down and around the little coves off the lake. The 11.5 mile Lake Shore Trail winds around Council Bluff Lake, through a few pine and cedar groves, but never strays very far from the shore. Most of the mileage is right next to the water. While there is only modest elevation gain, the constant ups, downs and turns never seem to end. There are many miles of technical trail riding, but nothing too intimidating. The trail is almost entirely singletrack with the exception of an old road bed about a mile long just before the Enough boat ramp, and a gravel road section just northeast of the swim beach.

There is also a connector along the Telleck Branch which allows you to connect with 2 major sections of the Ozark Trail: Trace Creek, and Middle Fork. From there you can get in some serious singletrack riding. 25 miles to the Highway J trailhead on the Middle Fork; 16 miles from the Telleck Connector to Hazel Creek Campground by going north on the Trace Creek section, or 8 miles south to the Highway A Trailhead.

Access Info

From Potosi, MO go south 13 miles on Hwy P. Turn right on Hwy C, then left on Hwy DD. It's about 7 miles to the sign for Council Bluff Recreation Area.

From the South: MO 32 to MO DD. North 3 miles to Council Bluff sign. Turn right.
Trailheads are at both the boat ramp and the Wild Boar Ridge Campground. There is a $3 day use fee.

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More Stats for Council Bluff Lakeshore Trail mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    1 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,059 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,214 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,091 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,092 ft
  • Grade
    0.001%
  • Grade max
    -42.621%
  • Grade min
    43.54%
  • Distance climb
    5 miles
  • Distance down
    5 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
  • Avg time
    00:43:10
  • Avg reverse time
    00:03:54
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on Jun 13, 2017
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Avg: 4 (2 votes)

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Council Bluff... Trail Reports

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Jun 13, 2017 @ 6:55am
Jun 13, 2017
Trail is getting pretty overgrown and needs some weed whacker work. Tons of ticks!! Found over 50 crawling on me during a full lap around the lake
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Routes with this trail

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Berryman Campground to Council Bluff Boat Ramp
30 miles
The Squealer race
54 miles

1 Review & Comments

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flag norcalspeeddemon (Jun 13, 2017 at 6:57)
 Not as much fun as the Berryman. This trail is flatter in comparison. Great views of the lake and a fun place to swim after your ride if you park at the beach!
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