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Potter's Pasture Mountain Bike Trail

The Pasture is 15 miles of established trails ranging from Jeep trails and pasture roads to gnarly single track. It offers some of the best mountain biking in Western Nebraska. 

Potter's Pasture is a privately owned, publicly accessible network of mountain bike trails located in the hills of Central Nebraska. Cows are grazed on the land which helps to keep the trails open and allow free access to MTB riders.


To get there; Take I-80 to Brady (exit 199). Go south on 56D at 2.7 miles turn right on Brady-Moorfeild Rd. At 9.2 miles the pavement ends. At 9.7 miles on the left is the entrance to Old Camp. At 11.0 miles turn left on Jeffrey Rd. At 12.7 miles turn right into the campground, the sign will say Potters Pasture New Camp.

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Located in the beautiful hills of south-central Nebraska near Brady, this rugged pasture consists of 1,300 acres of privately owned land that has been set up for mountain biking.


In the early-1990's, Steve Potter of Gothenburg, Nebraska purchased the land with the existing livestock trails for mountain biking.
With the help of Patty Evans, owner of Cycle Sport Bicycle shop in North Platte, and many other local riders, Potter developed the canyon-laced land into a prime mountain biking spot.
Potter, an avid cyclist who had previously organized races along the Platte River, said he wanted to give people a place to ride.

To maintain the trails, Potter leases the land to ranchers for at least six months of the year, who use it to graze cattle, and more importantly keep the trails worn.
Riders do the rest of the maintenance and trail building.


Potter and other riders have mapped the primary trails. Their map includes trail names, and a color-coded system to rank trails by their difficulty. Trail names are posted throughout the property.

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This system gives the area the feel of a ski resort, which Potter said came naturally because of a ridge running through the property. Many trails branch from the ridge, allowing riders to choose which way they want to go down. This helps beginners because there is almost always an easy way down.


Potter said this naming system allows riders to communicate where they are going and which trails they are going to ride. It is also a way to personalize the area because many of the trails are named for the regular riders.

The map is frequently updated with the new trails. "We have not even tapped the potential of trails". Potter said. "All we have is the skeleton".
This skeleton consists of 20 to 30 miles of trails that cut across grass covered hills and through cedar filled canyons.
Trails for all skill levels are available, but most are in the intermediate range, because there is usually an easy way and a hard way to get from one place to another.

 

Many climbs require considerable endurance and technical ability. 

For example, Six Man trail is extremely difficult.
It received its name because only six people have been able to climb nonstop all the way to the top.

Some down hills are short, dropping quickly into the canyon bottom, while some wind through the cedars, and some are long open hillsides, allowing riders to pick up speed.

Beginners must adjust to the width and depth of the trails, because cattle created the trails, these are narrow and in most cases are deeply worn. Riders who fail to stay in the center find their pedals and tires scraping the sides of the trails. Regular riders said newcomers are skeptical about the conditions, but the narrow, gouged trails just take time to get used to.
 
Potter encourages mountain bikers to ride on his property, insisting that the land is for everyone to enjoy.
Potter said "I am merely the caretaker". 

 

 

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