Big Stone Classic Ride

Ortonville, Minnesota

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At the base of the "Hump" on Minnesota’s western border you will find an oasis for cycling. Here the plains meet the hills and the lakes meet the rivers, and it takes two states to circle what the Dakota Indians call Inyan tankinyanyan, or Big Stone Lake. This name comes from the granite outcroppings that have been quarried south of the lake for years. Starting in Cashtown—so named for the retail businesses on the south side of Ortonville—the classic travels along the lakeshore, gradually climbing up to the village where the Browns Valley Man, dating back to 8, 000 B. C., was found. Crossing into South Dakota, the route loops around and passes several wildlife management areas as it follows Big Stone Lake’s western shoreline. Crossing back into Minnesota at the source of the Minnesota River, the route tours the Big Stone Wildlife Refuge. Here you will see the huge granite boulders before returning to the first city on the Minnesota River.
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Road Biking Minnesota

by M. Russ Lowthian (Falcon Guides)

At the base of the "Hump" on Minnesota’s western border you will find an oasis for cycling. Here the plains meet the hills and the lakes meet the rivers, and it takes two states to circle what the Dakota Indians call Inyan tankinyanyan, or Big Stone Lake. This name comes from the granite outcroppings that have been quarried south of the lake for years.

Starting in Cashtown—so named for the retail businesses on the south side of Ortonville—the classic travels along the lakeshore, gradually climbing up to the village where the Browns Valley Man, dating back to 8, 000 B. C., was found. Crossing into South Dakota, the route loops around and passes several wildlife management areas as it follows Big Stone Lake’s western shoreline. Crossing back into Minnesota at the source of the Minnesota River, the route tours the Big Stone Wildlife Refuge. Here you will see the huge granite boulders before returning to the first city on the Minnesota River.

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Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Ortonville
Distance: 100
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Trailhead Elevation: 1,000 feet
Top Elevation: 1,100 feet
Local Contacts: Big Stone Area Chamber of Commerce
Driving Directions: Directions to Big Stone Classic Ride

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Apr 2018