Medieval Loop

A fast intermediate jump line with surprisingly big hits.

Mountain Biking Moderate

Distance
4.3 km
Ascent
61 m
Descent
61 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
323 m
High Point
376 m
Gradient
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Medieval Loop Map

Description

The Medieval Trail is one of the freshest jump lines in the rapidly-growing mountain bike destination of Bentonville. In fact, at the time of this writing, in fall 2021, the Medieval Trail had recently been completed, while a few other trails in the same zone were still under construction.

On this intermediate-level jump line, the builders specifically tried to build a big, fast jump line with long, tall berms and large tabletops, all on a wide-open trail. This trail character differs from some of the other jump lines at Slaughter Pen that try to pack as many features into as small of a space as possible. On the surface, the strategy of packing the jumps in seems logical when you don't have very much elevation to work with, but that can lead to a busy-feeling ride character when you're actually on the trail.

Medieval is the answer to the problem of overly-busy trails, with long, flowing berms, fantastic rollers, and large tabletop jumps that are so perfectly sculpted, they will have intermediate jumpers feel like rockstars as they launch some serious air.

As you ride down Medieval, you can see the black diamond jump line crossing over the trail on a series of elevated wooden bridges. At the time of this writing, the advanced line is still under construction, but it promises to be a true gem!

To get to the top of these trails, a well-built climbing trail has been added next to the road, which switchbacks continuously as it slowly ascends through the grassy meadow. This mellow climb makes it super easy to pedal lap after lap on this fantastic new mountain bike playground!

Difficulty

Moderate

Mostly stable trail tread with some variability, with unavoidable obstacles 8in/20cm tall or less. Other obstacles such as rock gullies and steep sections may exist. Ideal for lower intermediate riders.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Features

  • Flow
  • Singletrack
  • Jumps
  • Tabletops

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