Best Bike Rides - Minneapolis and St Paul  by Steve Johnson

Best Bike Rides - Minneapolis and St. Paul Guide Book

by Steve Johnson (Falcon Guides)
Best Bike Rides - Minneapolis and St Paul  by Steve Johnson
Hidden in and around the Twin Cities are great places to ride a bike. Best Bike Rides Minneapolis and St. Paul describes 40 recreational rides in the metro areas. With most routes between 5 and 30 miles—including road rides, rail trails, bike paths, and mountain bike trails—it’s easy to find a fun place to ride. Each route includes complete mile-by-mile directions, a map, text description of the area, GPS coordinates of the starting and ending points, and color photos. Also included is information on local restaurants, lodging, bike shops, other facilities for cyclists, and community resources.

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Trails from the "Best Bike Rides - Minneapolis and St. Paul" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 40.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 40.

With 300 acres of skiable terrain, Afton Alps does not disappoint when the snow flies. The same continues in summer, when over 7 miles of singletrack open to challenge fat tire riders, with a full day ...
Saint Paul, MN - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 7.5
Treat yourself to one of the metro’s finest rides on this 31-mile loop with a warmup on the wide boulevards and county roads of Woodbury and into the challenging and distractingly gorgeous terrain thr ...
Saint Paul, MN - Road Biking - Trail Length: 31
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Battle Creek Regional Park’s 750 acres of open meadows and dense oak forest is one of those wilderness-hidden-in-the-city places, packed with flora and fauna commonly found in much larger reserves far ...
Saint Paul, MN - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 4
This 14-mile out-and-back is one of the most scenic and relaxing cruises in the metro. The pan-flat path glides along long stretches of riverside frontage, curves around in river flats forest, and sco ...
Saint Paul, MN - Road Biking - Trail Length: 14
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Spin past overhanging cliffs, lumpy bluffs, and wildlife-packed wetlands on this A-list rail-trail along the Cannon River. Enjoy a gradual descent through beauteous forest to a halfway-point ice cream ...
Saint Paul, MN - Road Biking - Trail Length: 20
A MORC-inspired gem, this 4-mile, zigzaggy trail system is a fast and fun metro escape. Cruise along the ridge above Carver Lake and deep into the park’s wooded interior on shorter loops or the longer ...
Saint Paul, MN - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 4
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The idyllic countryside of Carver County has long been a go-to area for local cycling clubs. This 16-mile, boot-shaped loop primer rises out of the cozy Minnesota River valley to Ireland-like hill and ...
Minneapolis, MN - Road Biking - Trail Length: 16
The City and Lakes Loop shows off a highlight reel of historic and new attractions in Minneapolis and points west, following some of the city’s most popular bike trails. Cruise the lakes area, the Mid ...
Minneapolis, MN - Road Biking - Trail Length: 22.7
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To the delight of cycling fans, the Minnetonka-area trail system added the Dakota Rail Trail in 2009, treating riders to a flat cruise between Wayzata and St. Bonifacius. This 22-mile route combines t ...
Minneapolis, MN - Road Biking - Trail Length: 22.5
A short spin around the city might be just what you need to put some spring in your step. This approximately 8-mile sampler tour rolls right through the heart of downtown and loops past the U of M to ...
Minneapolis, MN - Road Biking - Trail Length: 7.6
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New in 2011, Three Rivers Park District and MORC introduced 13 miles of sublime singletrack at Elm Creek, twisting around the northeast corner of the park through dense hardwood forest and open prairi ...
Minneapolis, MN - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 13
Roll on 15 miles of sinuous pathways through woods, marshland, meadows, and six lakes in the largest reserve in the Three Rivers Regional Parks system. Elm Creek’s 4,900 acres host over 30 miles of tr ...
Minneapolis, MN - Hiking,Road Biking - Trail Length: 15
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This 30-miler starts with a rollout across the narrows linking Upper and Lower Prior Lake, and quickly heads out to wide-open countryside. Ride past a dozen lakes, a tiny farming community steeped in ...
Minneapolis, MN - Road Biking - Trail Length: 30
A perennial local favorite since its first days in 1993, the 18-mile Gateway Trail takes riders from the buzz of St. Paul’s downtown area through dense wooded areas, parks, lakes, and wetlands, to ope ...
Saint Paul, MN - Road Biking - Trail Length: 24.7
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The Grand Rounds Scenic Byway explores the best of Minneapolis’s copious scenery, culture, and history on a collection of manicured parkways, bike paths, and quiet streets through the city’s seven byw ...
Minneapolis, MN - Road Biking - Trail Length: 50
Hillside is mountain biking unplugged. Raw and wild trails flowing naturally over their host terrain, sustainably constructed with the sweat and blood of a core group of committed trail stewards. Expe ...
Minneapolis, MN - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 7.5
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This scenic park in Bloomington’s western reaches has long been a favorite destination for outdoor lovers. This squiggly, 5-mile ride explores the shady woods and open prairies of the park, with acces ...
Minneapolis, MN - Road Biking - Trail Length: 5
MORC’s flagship trail and one of Minnesota’s very best, Lebanon Hills is 100 percent singletrack bliss. The superbly designed trail system treats riders to 10 (and counting) miles of sinuous turns, ro ...
Saint Paul, MN - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 10
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Roll out from a beachside trailhead on this 32-miler linking two charming towns and a pair of parks, with no less than sixteen lakes along the way, ice cream at the halfway point, and great country vi ...
Minneapolis, MN - Road Biking - Trail Length: 31.7
This 30-mile loop with a tail features two of the region’s premier rail-trails, linked on the western end by rolling county roads and jam-packed with postcard scenery. Dramatic, river bluff views alon ...
Minneapolis, MN - Road Biking - Trail Length: 30
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