Lebanon Hills Trails Professional Reviews and Guides
"Here’s another short loop that is so much fun, most people just keep doing laps. There’s enough of a climb in loose gravel at the start to warm you up, then an exhilarating descent. Less than a mile into the ride the trail turns into gorgeous hard-packed singletrack that winds around in the woods. Treat yourself to this ride especially in the fall. A tough expert section is also available if you’re up for it. The climbs are steep enough to test your mettle, and several screaming descents balance it out. Before you know it, you’re back at the trailhead and too revved up to stop. Multiple trips are the order for this trail. The dedicated efforts of the folks at Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists have made this trail a new favorite in the metro area. New singletrack—5 miles of it!—is being built and will be available by the time you read this. Don’t miss it. Tread: Entire loop is mix of gravel and dirt singletrack."
--Steve Johnson, Mountain Biking Minnesota (Falcon Guides).
"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, rock gardens, log piles, bridges, open meadow, and dense woods. Beginners to experts can sample the wares on four connected loops, nested in a pattern of steadily increasing difficulty. The racing action here is always a blast, even deep into the winter."
--Steve Johnson, Best Bike Rides - Minneapolis and St. Paul (Falcon Guides).
"Lebanon Hills Regional Park is one of the most beloved parks in the Twin Cities metro area, and it doesn’t take long to figure out why. It contains some of the region’s most popular mountain biking paths and a chain of lakes that’s perfect for canoeing. The extensive trail network offers 19 miles of hiking on 2,000 acres across gorgeous rolling hills. This 4.1-mile hike introduces you to the eastern side of the Lebanon Hills, drawing near five of the park’s many lakes and ponds through peaceful woodlands."
--Joe Baur, Best Outdoor Adventures Near Minneapolis and Saint Paul: Hiking, Paddling, and Cycling (Falcon Guides).
"Like so many other suburban parks that sit in the middle of residential suburban sprawl, Lebanon Hills quickly lures the visitor into the heart of the park and away from any reminders of that fringe of development. The Holland/Jensen Lakes trail leads the hiker away from the big houses skirting the boundary of the park and into hilly terrain covered in oaks and meadows, sprinkled with ponds and lakes."
--Tom Watson, 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Minneapolis and St. Paul (Menasha Ridge Press).
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