This trail starts off on rocky terrain crossing a long wood bridge . The first 3/4 mile is pretty technical on big rock , some uphill , downhill challenges , and creek bed crossings . The trail turns to dirt and rock . It also splits giving you a choice on how you want to ride this trail . It hooks back up about 1 mile deeper into the woods . One trail follows the prairie and the other follows the west side of the northeast cove of Toronto Lake. About 3 1/2 miles on the trail you will come to a concrete low water bridge that takes you to the east side of the cove . This side has more open prairie trail that will split twice along the way . this will let you see every inch of this trail . You have some technical uphill and downhill trail along with some rugged large rocky terrain . You will ride the whole length of the cove and some of the base of the lake before turning around and heading back. This trail is good for fast riding and testing your technical skills . Come on out and give it a ride .
You need to get on HWY 54 . East from HWY 99 or West from HWY 75 to HWY 105 . Turn south onto HWY 105 . There is a sign for Cross Timbers State Park / Toronto Lake . You will drive through the town of Toronto . The road turns east onto Main St. At the edge of town is Point Rd. Turn south onto Point Rd. following the sign to the State Park . You will pass a Guard shack . At the first road you come to turn left . At the next first road turn left again . This will take you right to the trailhead .
The beginning of this trail is pretty rugged . The large red rocky hills and creek beds are a challenge on a bike . Some you can't ride at all . This trail needs big time maintenance . The heavy rains we had this summer really tore up the creek crossings and downed some trees . Most of the trail is in good shape. The trail turns to dirt and some rock . Great for cruising and having fun . There are some technical climbs and downhill challenges to keep you from getting board . This trail could have been layed out better so you could see more of the bluffs on the east side . Still a fun ride overall .
12/01/2013Welcome To Chautauqua Hills Trail
12/01/2013The Trailhead Marker
12/01/2013The Wood Bridge
12/01/2013Red Rubble Bend
12/01/2013The Open Road
12/01/2013The Blue Trails Elbow
12/01/2013Skull Rock Stairway
12/01/2013East meets west low water crossing
12/01/2013The Eastside Hill
12/01/2013Glacier Rock Creek
12/01/2013Chautauqua Hills Trail Map
12/01/2013Chautauqua Hills Trail MapPrint Trail Map (.pdf)
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