Overlook Trail - Mountain Biking

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Summary

Crafted by a Jackson local, this 4.2 mile trail through the painted hills is an excellent all-levels ride—fast, flowy single-track with a few optional jumps mixed in for fun.

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James Dziezynski

Distance

4.2 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

1.0 miles

Difficulty

2 of 5 diamonds

Casual mountain bikers will enjoy the smooth singletrack and modest climb. Experts will love pumping the turns and speeding down the switchbacks.

Time To Complete

1 hours

The 4.2 mile circuit is perfect for loops.

Seasonality

All Seasons

Winter rides aren't unheard of as the trails generally stay dry year round.

Dog Friendly

Yes

Bikes move fast on these trails, so it's not the best place for dogs.

Fees Permits

No

Review

Intro

Dubois home-grown Overlook Trail system was intentionally crafted by mountain bikers for mountain bikers. This 4.2 mile network of maintained singletrack twists through red, beige, and white painted hills while the snow-capped summits of the Wind River Range loom in the distance. The highest point on the trail reaches 7,505’ above sea level and there are two main trailheads along Mckinley Drive. The lower trailhead offers a bit of climbing along a gravel road to start your ride (via Mckinley Drive) but many riders prefer to park at the upper lot and cruise down to the lower trailhead as a point-to-point.

What Makes It Great

The blur of striated rock and dark, snowy mountains is part of the rush along the speedy, tacky, singletrack of the Overlook Trail. Designed with speed and flow in mind, the trail was made to be ridden from the top. A modest 315’ climb gives way to 639’ of downhill action along an accessible intermediate trail known as Rise and Schiner. Riders can take this line directly from top to bottom or mix in two connector trails: Daved and Confused and Trev It Up. Staying on the Rise and Schiner promises banked turns and zippy straights—perfect for less experienced riders or anyone who enjoys low-technical, high-fun lines. The optional connectors add in a series of jumps, with Trev It Up offering up the most technical segments (and the most air time).

Trails merge back into Rise and Schiner for the final descent to the lower parking area. From there, bikers can shuttle back up, pedal the gravel road, or call it a day. It’s easy to be inspired to add on a few more laps, both for the superb riding and the majestic views. The Overlook Trail is a great place for riders of all levels to come together and leave satisfied. It’s also a wonderful place for riders to advance their skills along the optional jump lines.

Who is Going to Love It

Reliable hero dirt, high-speed downhills, jumps for all, and incredible scenery make this an exceptional local trail system. Casual riders, beginners, and rippers alike will thrill as they zip along delicious singletrack. The trails are smooth and well-cambered, so they will be forgiving for hesitant newbies and overly zealous experts. The most appeal may be for intermediate riders who can handle speed but want to improve cornering, jumping, and control.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

From Duboistrails.org: The Overlook Trail starts at the top of the Town of Dubois Recreation Area Scenic Overlook at the end of McKinley Drive. From the east end of town drive west from the main corner 1.2 miles and look for the large sign for the Scenic Overlook on the right side of the road, Turn right and follow Mckinley drive to the top the trailhead starts on the west side of the overlook. Arriving in Dubois from the east drive about .7 miles past the super eight and look for the large sign for the Scenic Overlook on the left side of the road, turn left and follow Mckinley drive to the top the trailhead starts on the west side of the overlook.

For trail updates, check out the Dubois Association for Recreation and Trails website.

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