Miners Rock to Leatherwood Dam to Sports Field 12.5 miles (single track)
For a longer, technical ride this one is for you! Start at Miner’s Rock trailhead. You will pop out on Leatherwood Road and take the next entrance on your left (Mulladay Hollow trail) and make your way to Overlook Trail. This trail climbs quickly from both ends to a bench trial. Part of the trail is lined with bluffs, one of which offers a view of the dam during winter and early spring. Numerous switchbacks and great flow make this trail fun for cyclists. Overlook trail will then intersect with Beacham Trail, take a left (north) to head to the Lake Leatherwood Dam bridge. Enjoy this beautiful view and 80-foot tall limestone faced dam. *PhotoOp: there is a short trail If you want to get off your bike and venture down to the backside of the dam. After crossing the dam, you will be back on Beacham Trail, visiting the quarry and crossing several creeks. Beacham trail will come to a crossing to which you can take the Hyde Trail (longer route) or Leatherwood Trail (shorter route). Hyde Hollow trail crosses an intermittent creek 6 times. Low flow most of the year allows for easy crossing. You can then circle back on Twin Knobbs to Bench Loop or take Lost Ridge Trail to Twin Knobbs to Bench Loop which will all lead you back to the Sports Field.
Miners Rock to Fuller Trail 7.75 miles (single track)
Technical and multiple grades make this a fun one! Starting out on Miners Rock you will settle into a long bench laden with bluffs and descend on a series of switchbacks to pop you out to Leatherwood Road. You will then head north (make left) and take the Mulladay Hollow Trail on your left which connects to Overlook Trail. This trail also offers numerous switchbacks and a great flow. Overlook will then intersect with Beacham trail, you can take a left and head to the Leatherwood Dam and then ride back towards the marina (south) on Fuller Trail or take Beacham Trail back to the marina. Fuller Trail follows a contour just above the lake for much of its length. Several spurs connect to the Beacham along the way. This trail has few extended grades but contains some extreme varied terrain and several stream crossings.
Beacham Trail 3.5 miles (single track)
From the Beacham trailhead, this trail begins circling to the lake on a dirt access road. After crossing Leatherwood Dam, visiting the quarry and crossing several creeks, it connects with Leatherwood trail at the head of the lake. It is host to many short grades and the varied terrain on the backside of the lake makes it especially challenging for cyclists. It is also the longest single trail in the park.
This trail system is a one-way specific use trail catering to advanced mountain bikers. Access from Lake Leatherwood. Riders must negotiate the climb on Miner’s Rock access road to the top. The fun begins there!
Expert Level Trails at Passion Play
Atonement (.5 miles)
The trail starts steep off of the Genesis loop and immediately sets you up for a tree gap or optional ride around. The whole trail is fast with multiple options throughout the trail. As you get closer to the bottom, the technical aspects come out. Ends at a bridge. Link up to Ascension and Nineveh or Deliverance then to Hallelujah for over 2 miles of black expert-level fun.
Ascension (1 mile)
From the bottom of the creek, climb up several technical switchbacks. After three switchbacks, you can either take Hallelujah on the left for a technical xc trail or keep climbing till you reach the top. The trail crosses one road and has a few steep pitches. The top of Ascension splits off with runs down Deliverance and Nineveh.
Hallelujah (1 mile)
Fun, hand-built, technical xc section.
Nineveh (.6 miles)
Jonah was commanded to go to Nineveh by God. He did not. God sent a whale (or great fish). Don’t get vomited out like Jonah did, but enjoy the whale tail and lily pad features on this trail. Very techy with good flow and some good rock drops. Use Ascension climb to get to and then come back to the top to ride Deliverance.
Deliverance (.5 miles)
Very steep downhill-only trail with mandatory drops and staircases.
This trail starts at the top of Ascension with quick berms and then straightens out dropping fast. The straightaway comes to a right berm and then a road gap appears. But you can roll the jump. Keeping speed it winds down to a sharp left up and over some rock slabs.
Head down and then up onto rock slab skinnys, turning right to drop off the boulder farm (normally they are called rock gardens, but it’s large enough we call it a boulder farm). Continue left and then right to a bluff drop, very steep and technical until the next ledge drop. Weave right then left and right off some more ledges and into a rock archway nicknamed “Heaven’s Gate”.
Rapture (.3 miles)
Big jumps is an understatement for this trail. Massive tabletop jumps with rock garden features towards the bottom where it meets Forgiveness and Atonement. It’s the biggest jump line in Northwest Arkansas.
Armageddon (.4 miles)
Nickname: GN’Armageddon. Double black. There’s a difference between sustainable and maintainable trail. This trail falls into the latter category. Over 20% grades. It’s gnarly. The trail also ends at Magnetic Springs so you can shuttle yourself or use the local trolley system to get back onto Passion Play property. Access via Genesis at the Genesis, Good Samaritan, and Temptation intersection.
Vengeance (.5 miles)