Eastwood Park

Rochester, Minnesota

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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 golf course and cornfields. Despite the traffic noise from the highway and the occasional glint of the sun from a pitching wedge, it feels like you’re far away from the city. The trail isn’t totally flat, but elevation gain is definitely minimal, with only a few rollers to keep things interesting. Tight turns with little room for error remind you to keep an eye on your bar ends or risk smashing a finger. I was initially concerned about not having a decent map of the park, but this ride hardly needs one. There is an easy-to-follow main trail and numerous offshoots that will keep you happy for a good two hours if you do a couple of extra laps. Throw in the uncrowded factor, and Eastwood serves up big mountain biking fun in a small package. Tread: Hard-packed dirt singletrack.
Mountain Biking Minnesota

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Mountain Biking Minnesota

by Steve Johnson (Falcon Guides)

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 golf course and cornfields. Despite the traffic noise from the highway and the occasional glint of the sun from a pitching wedge, it feels like you’re far away from the city.

The trail isn’t totally flat, but elevation gain is definitely minimal, with only a few rollers to keep things interesting. Tight turns with little room for error remind you to keep an eye on your bar ends or risk smashing a finger. I was initially concerned about not having a decent map of the park, but this ride hardly needs one. There is an easy-to-follow main trail and numerous offshoots that will keep you happy for a good two hours if you do a couple of extra laps. Throw in the uncrowded factor, and Eastwood serves up big mountain biking fun in a small package. Tread: Hard-packed dirt singletrack.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Rochester
Distance: 4
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 35-45 minutes
Season: Best June through October
Local Maps: USGS Rochester
Driving Directions: Directions to Eastwood Park

Recent Trail Reviews

6/25/2012
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All in all a good starter trail. It is nice and close and not crowded. The location that this site has plotted on the map is incorrect. Just go to the Eastwood Park entrance on highway 14 (there are a few softball fields and a picnic shelter). Quite a few different little routes with a few different entrances. Some difficult climbs for a beginner. Very tight turns, a few I actually had to stop and turn on. It was in pretty good shape. It looked as though it had been cleared recently. All in all its pretty fun, hard to beat free and close. Will go again often.



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