Mountain Biking Minnesota  by Steve Johnson

Mountain Biking Minnesota Guide Book

by Steve Johnson (Falcon Guides)
Mountain Biking Minnesota  by Steve Johnson
Minnesota is a place where you'll find technical singletrack, steep ski area climbs, and smooth park trails. So get on your bike and ride. Cyclist and author Steve Johnson outlines more than sixty of the best rides in the Land of 10,000 Lakes - there are trails for riders of all abilities. Insider tidbits about the regions' wildlife and attractions make this more than just a trail guide. Also included detailed ride descriptions, easy-to-read maps, ratings for physical and technical difficulty, and tips on riding and trip preparation.

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Trails from the "Mountain Biking Minnesota" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 63.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 63.

If you’re looking for a workout, head to Afton. This large ski area near the Wisconsin border has 7 miles of loops of varying difficulty in a scenic, uncrowded setting. Most of the trails will test bo ...
Saint Paul, MN - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 21
If you’re a beginner, come to Bass Ponds. If you’re a racer, it’s still a great place for a spin. The whole trail is on wide, smooth gravel with no hills. The section west of Cedar Avenue is a great p ...
Bloomington, MN - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 3
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Battle Creek has some of the best singletrack riding in the metro area, and it’s right up there in the statewide rankings, too. For newer riders, the front side of this park has wide, nontechnical ski ...
Saint Paul, MN - Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 10
Another fun ride with several loop options to choose from. Best time is in the fall when the aspen-heavy forest turns ablaze. Rolling terrain on grassy trails gives you a workout, and there are numero ...
Virginia, MN - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 5.8
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Even though this ride lacks any change in elevation, it is still one of the favorites in all the land. Exquisite hard-packed singletrack follows the banks of the Minnesota River in a winding, twisty m ...
Bloomington, MN - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 13.7
Okay, so it’s not a huge mountain by any means, but Buck Hill provides some fine riding close to home. The switchback climb up to the summit will stretch your legs on loose gravel and larger rocks, bu ...
Burnsville, MN - Mountain Biking
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This one’s a beauty, even if you’re a hard-core mud lover. The Cannon Trail is a great place to spin along, with steep bluffs and rock outcroppings on one side and a meandering river on the other. The ...
Welch, MN - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 20
This loop is also on ski trails, but these are in better condition than others in the area. It’s a very scenic ride through deep hardwood forest. Several loop options are available for different milea ...
Pine River, MN - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 4.2
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Long miles of forest road await in the Superior National Forest, and this loop offers 25 of them with a mix of scenic road riding and a remote trail. The distance is long for a mountain bike ride, and ...
Grand Marais, MN - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 24.2
The only negative to this trail is that it’s not long enough. Easy access and superb trail conditions make Eastwood a good bet for a fun ride. The trail winds through dense woods on the fringes of a g ...
Rochester, MN - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 4
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Elm Creek is a gorgeous park, and its bike trails are perfect for new riders. The best time to go is for an early morning cruise through the woods and near the lake. The land and water habitats bring ...
Maple Grove, MN - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 4.4
Just a fun, flat trip through the river valley. The path starts out as a wide doubletrack, then narrows to sweet dirt singletrack in the woods. The trail hugs the riverbank closely as it twists around ...
Mendota, MN - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 6
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This is a fun little ride on some superb forest roads. This is a great opportunity to just cruise along and admire the views of some picturesque North Country lakes. There are a couple of dispersed ca ...
Walker, MN - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 8.3
The Ridge is another of Minnesota’s finer ski areas with great mountain biking in the summer. There are 60 miles of trails at the ski area, and at least that many more in the immediate area. Easy trai ...
Biwabik, MN - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 60
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You won’t be disappointed with the beauty of this park, and the riding is almost as rewarding. Once again, this route travels on ski trails, and past rides have already revealed that tread condition w ...
Duluth, MN - Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 6
This is a nice little trail that gives you another taste of great autumn colors; maple, aspen, and sumac mix with pine along the route and on the shores of adjacent lakes. The end of the main road all ...
Ely, MN - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 8.7
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The Chippewa has forest roads and old logging paths all over the place, most of which are open to mountain bikes. This loop, like many of its brethren, offers gorgeous northwoods scenery in nearly per ...
Walker, MN - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 16.4
Hidden Valley offers some pretty good riding for a ski area. The views of Ely and the Superior National Forest are tremendous and plentiful from the high hills, especially right at the base of the old ...
Ely, MN - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 15
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I did this trail one-way from Hogback Lake to Isabella. It’s a great ride on an excellent road, and the sights along the way are fabulous. A cluster of lakes halfway through provide a nice diversion ( ...
Schroeder, MN - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 13
This was a fun ride: sweet singletrack riding on ideal trail conditions. The trail starts with a moderate climb to warm your legs, then rolls a bit before a cruise along some flatter sections to the b ...
Winona, MN - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 10
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