Blue Earth Challenge Ride

Mankato, Minnesota

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Are you up for a challenge? Cycle a region of Minnesota on the western edge of an area also known as the Big Woods. The ride passes through majestic valleys formed in the glacial period, offering you a challenging tour. Starting in Mankato, the ride makes a circle loop of Blue Earth County, and its lakes, rivers, and communities. Leaving to the northeast, you will cross the Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail on the way to a town once named for an evil spirit. Riding south along the Le Sueur River, you will pass a ghost town on your way to the village of Good Thunder. As you rise up out of the Maple River bottom, the route rushes, like the Blue Earth River, down to Rapidan Dam. Now making a complete loop, the ride passes through Minneopa State Park and returns up through the narrow forested valley floor back to Tourtelotte Park for a refreshing dip.
Road Biking Minnesota

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Road Biking Minnesota

by M. Russ Lowthian (Falcon Guides)

Are you up for a challenge? Cycle a region of Minnesota on the western edge of an area also known as the Big Woods. The ride passes through majestic valleys formed in the glacial period, offering you a challenging tour. Starting in Mankato, the ride makes a circle loop of Blue Earth County, and its lakes, rivers, and communities. Leaving to the northeast, you will cross the Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail on the way to a town once named for an evil spirit.

Riding south along the Le Sueur River, you will pass a ghost town on your way to the village of Good Thunder. As you rise up out of the Maple River bottom, the route rushes, like the Blue Earth River, down to Rapidan Dam. Now making a complete loop, the ride passes through Minneopa State Park and returns up through the narrow forested valley floor back to Tourtelotte Park for a refreshing dip.

©  M. Russ Lowthian/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Mankato
Distance: 82
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Trailhead Elevation: 750 feet
Top Elevation: 1,000 feet
Local Contacts: Greater Mankato Convention and Visitors Bureau
Driving Directions: Directions to Blue Earth Challenge Ride

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