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We’re excited to report that with over 24 hours of dry weather, the trails have dried out enough for us to OPEN them. There are still some soft/wet spots. Remember to walk/ride through them – never widen the trail by going off trail to get around those spots.  And be on the lookout for the summer sands that start to appear after rain storms – we have some turns and bottom of hills that the sand is starting to appear, along with rain ruts. Also, we cleared out some brush and trees that came down in the recent storms, if there are other areas with down trees, limbs, please report back to us with the location.

Additionally, as the summer weather gets closer and we have to close and open frequently, please remember that regardless of what the website and Facebook status’ say, the trails are closed during rain storms and right after, until we can assess the conditions. If you’re on the trail when rains come, for your safety and the health of the trail, please exit immediately. And finally, please remember that the trail status pertains to the off-road trails, not the Lake City/Heritage Trail Greenway. 99% of the time, the greenway is open. The Winona Lake Trails status is specifically for the off-road trails, and is for both mountain bikers and hikers. A wet trail can be damaged just as much, and in some instances more, by foot than by tires.

As always, thanks for your patience and assistance in keeping our trails in great shape!


Current Trail Status Friday 5/19/17

We are closing the trails due to the rain we received yesterday, and the current rain we are getting now.  We want to help keep the trails in as nice as shape as we can for tomorrow’s DINO Race.  The DINO race is a rain or shine event and the trails will be closed most of the day tomorrow.

For more information on Fat and Skinny Tire Fest and our schedule please visit our site.

TRAIL STATUS for Fat & Skinny Weekend

As the trail maintenance teams wrap up projects in prepping the trails and the racers begin to arrive in town, we wanted to provide an update on the trail status for Fat & Skinny Tire Fest weekend…


  • Trail Crews finishing work on the trails – use with caution and watch for others.
  • Additionally, the course direction has been determined (front half will run backwards for the DINO race). With that said, we have riders practicing, and others just using the trails, therefore for the next couple days, the front half of the trail runs both directions. Please be sure to look out for each other and be aware and courteous of all trail users.


  • Course will begin to be marked for the race. The trails will still be open to all users, but please do not tear down course tape or signs. If you do on accident, please try to put it back up. If you do intentionally, and we catch you, we will prosecute as much as we can! Don’t be a jerk!


  • Trails are open ONLY for registered racers. Spectators may walk around the course, but be aware of racers coming at all times and do not impede their progress. Please NO strollers on the trails EVER! If you have a stroller, stick to watching along the Greenway.
  • Trails will open to the general public for normal riding, etc. at approximately 3pm on Saturday afternoon.

Earth Day: Trail Work Day

What better day than Earth Day (Saturday, April 22, 2017) to get outside, breathe some fresh air, and clean up our trails in preparation for heavier spring use, and of course, Fat & Skinny Tire Fest in 1 month…

We will hit the trails to open drainage, remove sticks and limbs from the trail, clean up trash, rebuild some berms, and more.

No experience necessary – just a volunteering heart, and a desire to keep our trails in great shape for our community and visitors. Please bring gloves, hand trimmers, rakes, shovels and buckets. We will split into groups and walk the entire trail fixing low corners and drainage, as well as picking up trash. Then, we’ll get some new signage put in place and rebuild a couple berms.

For those out using the trail, please watch for volunteers on the trail, maybe tell them “thank you” for sacrificing their time, and pass carefully – we want everyone to have an enjoyable and safe experience on the trails.

Wanting to volunteer, meet at the brown KCV maintenance barn, along the greenway, near the end of Boy’s City Drive at 10am. We’ll also provide snacks and drinks. Spread the word!

You can RSVP through our Facebook Event. Or email KCV with questions.


With the steady rains and increasing winds, the trails are closed and will remain so on Tuesday, November 29 to allow for proper drying, and evaluation of wind damage. We will reassess on Wednesday in hopes the trails are dry and we can get them cleared as well. As always, thanks for your patience and helping us spread the word.


PLEASE NOTE: The Winona Lake Off road Trails will be hosting the annual Hash Ride & Run TODAY – Saturday, September 24, 2016. The trails will still remain open to the public, but we request that you not tear any tape down that has been set up for the course on the front half of the trails. The trails will be taped off, starting at 2pm, with riders and runners using the trails from 5-6pm.

Join us at the Cerulean Garden at 4:30pm (registration and opening comments) with the ride starting at 5pm. Runners and riders will have one hour to complete as many laps of the approximately 5k course as they’d like, returning to the Garden after each lap to receive a complementary beer. Both off-road and on-road loops available.

The evening concludes with great food and live music by DJ Chuck Fry, with Dos Hermanos at 7pm, Space Ships at 8pm, and James and the Drifters at 9pm.

All proceeds benefit the Winona Lake Trails and the community’s Ride+Walk Warsaw+Winona Lake initiatives.


Beautiful Sunday – Trails Are Open

Trails are open today so get out there and enjoy some single track goodness.  However, the trails will be closed for the 4th and final KCV Mountain Bike Time Trial.  This race against yourself is free to ride.  Come on out and see how your summer training stacks up against the best in the county.

The time trail starts at 1pm and goes through 3pm.


Due to the steady rain yesterday, last night, through this morning, and still taking place, the trails are officially CLOSED for today, Saturday, September 17. The Crossfit Haymaker event will still take place, however not on the off-road trails, but only on the Greenway. As always, please spread the word, and thanks for your patience.

Our hope is that conditions will improve and dryer weather will roll in later this afternoon. With that said, the goal is still to host the final KCV Mountain Bike Time Trial on Sunday, September 18 at 1pm and also the Giant Bicycles Demo Day on Tuesday, September 20, 2-7pm.

Stay tuned for updates. Thanks for your patience and respect for the trails.

Trails are Closed

The good news is we have not had to close down the mountain bike trails most of the summer.  The bad news is we are closing them due to yesterday’s rain and the high percentage chance of rain today.

We’ll keep an eye on the conditions and let you know when they are good to ride again.  Remember ride dirt trails not mud trails.



Fat and Skinny Tire Fest 13 This Weekend!

This weekend Warsaw and Winona Lake will be hosting the 13th annual Fat and Skinny Tire Fest.

First, the Winona Lake Trails will be closed for the DINO Series mountain bike race on Saturday May, 21st until 4pm.  This exciting event brings in the state’s best competition to our home trails.  If you feel like you are up to the challenge there are all kinds of levels for you to participate in. Registration can be found here.  If you want to pre-ride the course on Friday please do not tear down any tape or markers.  The front side will run its normal direction and the back side will run backwards.

We are bringing back the popular Mountain Bike 4X race at Hire Park this year.  Compete against your “frenemies” on the fun BMX track.  Details can be found here.

For more information please visit our websites, Facebook pages and Twitter feeds and don’t forget to use the hashtag #FSTF13

If you missed the action from 2015 check out our video.  Mason Geiger will unveil this years video at our kick-off party May 20th in downtown Warsaw.


Thanks to limited traffic, some sunshine, and a nice breeze on Thursday, the trails dried out well, and thus we’re opening them up. So get out and enjoy them. IMG_6730

The greenery is really coming in, so remember that hikers/walkers/runners travel in opposite direction of mountain bikers (whom follow the green and black arrows). Always use proper trail etiquette, be courteous and announce yourself, so the other trail users know you are there – especially in blind corners.

Please note that with the ever changing spring weather and conditions, remember that the off-road trails are closed no matter what the website posts and signs say when it is raining. If a storm rolls in while you are on the trails, please exit the trails as soon as possible, to prevent any dangerous situations for the trail user, and any damage to the trails.

Also note that in two weeks we will be hosting the Fat & Skinny Tire Fest and the DINO Series Mountain Bike Race. The off-road trails will begin to get marked on Friday, May 20 and will be closed to all users, except for those that have registered for the DINO Series races on Saturday until 4pm. The trails will then be open to the public.

If you would like to try your hand at mountain bike racing, there has never been a better time…This year, DINO has made mountain bike racing more accessible to the first-timer and occasional racer. There is NO racing license or one day permit required. Racers who don’t have a USA Cycling license will save $5 at every DINO race compared to prior years. Registration and check in are also going to be simpler for everyone. If you’ve never raced, or only race on occasion, now is the time to jump into a DINO Mountain Bike Series race. First-time racers can race free, in DINO’s “Intro” division – designed specifically for rookie racers!

Either way, we hope to see all of you out and about enjoying one of the funnest and most beneficial, family-friendly events in our community – Fat & Skinny Tire Fest 13 – May 20-22, 2016.

Trail Clean-up and Work Day this Saturday

Saturday, April 16, 10am

With the spring weather finally arriving, let’s get outside to breathe some fresh air, scout upcoming repair projects, and clean up the trails in preparation for more spring use and of course, Fat & Skinny Tire Fest in 1 month.

We will hit the trails to open drainage, fix some ruts, clear out limbs and down trees, and clean up trash.

No experience necessary – just a volunteering heart, and a desire to keep our trails in great shape for our community and visitors. Please bring gloves, rakes, shovels and buckets. We could also use some chainsaws as well. We will split into groups and walk the entire trail fixing ruts, low corners and drainage, as well as picking up trash. Then, we’ll get out to some spots where down trees and limbs are preventing vegetation to grow. If we have time, we’ll also scout out spots to plant trees and bushes along the new greenway to prevent erosion and shortcuts.

Meet at the brown maintenance barn, along the greenway, near the end of Boy’s City Drive at 10:00am. Spread the word!


Due to the steady rains, we are closing the trails for today to give them time to dry. We want to keep them protected. If the rain stays minimal today and temperatures remain above freezing tonight, we hope to be able to open again for Friday. Stay tuned, but for now, the Winona Lake Trails are closed for Thursday, March 10 and until further notice.

And on behalf of KCV Cycling Club and the trail volunteers that maintain them, thank you to so many of you that have respected the closings and helped spread the word. Our due diligence and patience has payed off. Some of the volunteer team went out yesterday to check overall trail conditions before the trail work day this weekend, and outside of a few spots that were rutted and disheveled from use when it was wet, the trails were in some of the best early season shape we have seen in many years. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you – much love to all of you!