Looking for an engaging experience, with trails that offer more than just a flat ride? Gear Grinder in Jamestown, North Dakota is worth a visit. Contrary to the perception that North Dakota is all about flat terrain, this intermediate-level loop trail offers a blend of technical downhills, short but steep climbs, and charming sections by Pipestem Creek. Located approximately three miles north of Jamestown, the trail system stretches across 12 miles, half of it on a single track and the rest on a mowed path.
Gear Grinder boasts diverse terrains that cater to various skill levels. Beginners can find solace in the first 4-mile outer loop, while the next 8 miles offer a richer experience for the advanced riders.
Riding through wooded sections that blend seamlessly with open meadows provides a unique visual experience. Moreover, the ride alongside Pipestem Creek makes for an incredible setting, and it's usually the highlight of the trip for many cyclists.
The trail offers a mix of natural obstacles, from round rocks to twisty single tracks in the trees. While the loop is predominantly a mowed path, it evolves into a fun, twisty single track, particularly through the wooded areas.
With its unique blend of steep climbs, technical downhills, and natural beauty, Gear Grinder offers an experience that is both challenging and enjoyable. So if you're passing through North Dakota, this trail is more than worth the pit stop for a ride that could very well be the highlight of your journey.