I rode at Council Bluff for the first time in awhile this weekend. The trail was in good shape with 3 or 4 downed trees.

For those of you interested in a change of pace from riding the lake shore trail once in each direction you might consider throwing in a few bits of the Ozark Trail which begin at the bridge over the Telleck Branch. I rode around the lake clockwise, and then headed up the OT first on South Trace to Hwy. 32, then up the Middle Fork to the DD/32 trailhead and back, skipping the North Trace to DD section this time. According to the mileage from this ride and the OTA’s mileage measurements, the 3 OT out-and-back sections alone are about 15 miles. The OTA’s members have done a great job keeping these trails clear, especially in the wake of last year’s storms. There were only a couple of trees down on the Middle Fork.  More info can be found on the GORC Trails Page, or on the Ozark Trail Website


Council Bluff is a great base to use for exploring the area, plus a swim in the lake afterward is fantastic, especially after a ride on a warm summer day.