• 08-19-2012
    Barheet
    Landahl Mountain Bike Park
    Took a trip to Blue Springs, MO for a new trail. Tried the Landahl Mountain Bike Park just NE of Blue Springs and was not disappointed. This place is huge with tons of singletrack. Though it wasn't as hilly as I'm used to, there were a ton of rocks everywhere. Lots of short drops and some pretty gnarly rock gardens. Took my first OTB spill (on my new Guardian) on a steep dip with a big rock at the bottom. I've not had too much experience with all the rocks, so it was a challenge, but well worth the trip! Spent about 5 hours here since the weather was perfect.
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...y/Landahl1.jpg
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  • 08-19-2012
    Barheet
    Forgot about these shots. Found a pretty cool "trench" rock formation that was part of the trail.
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...y/Landahl6.jpg
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...y/Landahl7.jpg
  • 08-19-2012
    Cornfield
    Thanks for posting.I really do need to start traveling up that way more often.Looks to be about 3 hours drive for me.Do you think It'd be worth the drive?
  • 08-19-2012
    Barheet
    It was 3.5 hours for me, but I have family nearby that I stayed with. All the advanced trails have a lot of rock, so they aren't fast trails. There are a few fast trails, and there's a little bit of everything. I really enjoyed it. There's also a short downhill trail with some huge jumps. Obviously, since I rode it for 5 hours I had a great time and would say it is worth the trip.

    Check out the trail map: http://www.earthriders.com/trails/LANDAHLMAP.pdf
  • 08-19-2012
    Cornfield
    Looks a lot better than what I've got locally.I've got a friend I need to visit in Topeka,so it would only be another hour or so from there.To be honest,I need to check a few spots that are a little closer as well.
  • 08-20-2012
    Lawson Raider
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Cornfield View Post
    Thanks for posting.I really do need to start traveling up that way more often.Looks to be about 3 hours drive for me.Do you think It'd be worth the drive?

    Yes! Landahl is a fun trail and also would recommend Lawrence River Trail about 30 minutes west on I70 in Lawrence, KS - a roller coaster on a bike - think fast and flowy!
  • 08-27-2012
    roogie
  • 08-28-2012
    Francis Buxton
    If you're going to Toepicker, you could also ride Clinton Lake (SW corner of Lawrence), Perry Lake (just north of Lawrence) and the Lawrence River Trails (east side of Lawrence). Perry and Clinton each have about 20 miles I believe. Clinton is a little more difficult, with more rock.

    Landahl is definitely worth the trip though. We have quite a bit of trail and a lot of variety. You could also ride Swope Park and Blue River Parkway while you're there and make a good weekend out of it. Jump on the Earthriders forum linked above for some more info or to ask some questions. We might even find someone to guide you around.
  • 08-28-2012
    Cornfield
    Thanks for the info! I'm defiantly going to head that way soon,maybe even this weekend.I hope the recent rain has helped.Landahl looks a little dry in the pictures Barheet posted.Clinton might be where I'll end up tho,as it is much closer to where I'd be staying,sounds like what I'm craving :D
  • 08-28-2012
    Central Scrutinizer
    Keep an eye on the KC weather before you commit. We're in a serious drought, but even so, our soil is mostly clay, which doesn't drain well, so it doesn't take much rain to make the trails unrideable.

    There's rain in the forecast for this weekend, but it's still a ways out to say for sure what'll happen. Depends somewhat on what Hurricane Isaac decides to do over the next few days.
  • 08-29-2012
    Barheet
    I forgot to mention that I challenge anyone to ride the road leading to the park. That thing is scary. It's Argo road. If you take hwy 7 north through Blue Springs (or north of I-70) you'll come to it. I think if you took one of those hills faster than 35, you'd go airborne in your car. Crazy stuff. I suppose you could just skip the park and ride the road leading to the park for cheap thrills.
  • 12-22-2012
    Madurochris
    We are fortunate to have such great trails nearby! Tasty Goodness is most excellent and Dave's Maze is a blast going downhill (but still fun going up). If you are coming in from out of town hit Landahl on day one and Swope on day two!
  • 12-31-2012
    motoolfan
    Thanks for the info, will be hitting it up this spring or earlier!
  • 12-31-2012
    friz
    It's on my list now. Thanks.
  • 01-02-2013
    JDubKC
    Perry > Clinton
  • 01-02-2013
    rynoman03
    Definitely gonna try to ride this trail this spring or summer.
  • 01-02-2013
    jimithng23
    I've been to Landahl once. 5.5 hour drive. Would go again at the drop of a hat. Absolutely love the trails.
  • 01-02-2013
    rynoman03
    Wow it must be pretty nice!