12 miles
Distance
1,441 ft
Climb
-1,441 ft
Descent
01:41:56
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Council Bluff Lakeshore Trail

Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Ozark Trail
    Potosi, Missouri
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    Jan-Dec.
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Ride in Rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #23406 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    85 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • 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.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Council Bluff Lakeshore Trail mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -1 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,063 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,217 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,091 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,091 ft
  • Grade
    -0.001%
  • Grade max
    -32.781%
  • Grade min
    29.917%
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    3 miles
  • Avg time
    01:41:56
  • Avg reverse time
    01:01:29
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Status:
on Jun 1, 2020
Ideal
Avg: 3.6 (5 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • 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
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • 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
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      Council Bluff... Trail Reports

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      Jun 1, 2020 @ 8:31pm
      Jun 1, 2020
      Small tree down across trail, can ride over or around- rest of the trail in great condition despite the recent rain...a few spots overgrown (check...
      Sep 2, 2019 @ 4:01pm
      Sep 2, 2019
      Three trees down on the south Western part of the trail. One is bad enough where you have to carry your bike through the bushes all around the...
      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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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 0 rides
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      6 Months
      • 7 rides
      • 17 miles avg distance
      All
      • 69 rides
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      Jul 22, 2019 @ 11:17am
      Jul 22, 2019

      Routes with this trail

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

      1 Review & Comments

      • + 0
      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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