Jay Cooke State Park

Carlton, Minnesota

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This trail is the first in this book that explores the spectacular North Country. The combination of superb trail conditions and the surrounding settings makes the riding up here tough to beat. The coffee-colored St. Louis River rumbles through the park over massive slabs of graywacke and slate, and rock formations of the same jut from the earth all along the ride (the river is only partially visible from the trails, but you can get a close-up view from the swinging bridge adjacent to the park office). This particular region of Minnesota is home to red clay soils, so expect some parts of the trails to have perpetual soggy spots, especially after wet weather. Each of the loops at Jay Cooke is short and is over much too soon, but the journey to reach the loops adds on enough mileage to make this an excellent place to spend a few hours on a fine fall day. The surrounding hardwood forests offer excellent food and cover for a wide variety of wildlife, and your chances are good to spot white-tailed deer, grouse, pileated woodpeckers, and even black bear. Tread: Hard-packed dirt singletrack with some grassy sections, and a short segment of the paved Munger State Trail.
Mountain Biking Minnesota

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Mountain Biking Minnesota

by Steve Johnson (Falcon Guides)

This trail is the first in this book that explores the spectacular North Country. The combination of superb trail conditions and the surrounding settings makes the riding up here tough to beat. The coffee-colored St. Louis River rumbles through the park over massive slabs of graywacke and slate, and rock formations of the same jut from the earth all along the ride (the river is only partially visible from the trails, but you can get a close-up view from the swinging bridge adjacent to the park office).

This particular region of Minnesota is home to red clay soils, so expect some parts of the trails to have perpetual soggy spots, especially after wet weather. Each of the loops at Jay Cooke is short and is over much too soon, but the journey to reach the loops adds on enough mileage to make this an excellent place to spend a few hours on a fine fall day. The surrounding hardwood forests offer excellent food and cover for a wide variety of wildlife, and your chances are good to spot white-tailed deer, grouse, pileated woodpeckers, and even black bear. Tread: Hard-packed dirt singletrack with some grassy sections, and a short segment of the paved Munger State Trail.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Carlton
Distance: 12.7
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 1.5 - 2 hours
Season: Best June through October
Local Maps: USGS Esko
Driving Directions: Directions to Jay Cooke State Park

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