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    Rides near Alexandria/Detroit Lakes?

    Coming from CO for a couple weeks in July and wondering if anyone can recommend trails near Alexandria?

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    How far do you want to drive?

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    I'd like to keep it within a couple hours of home base, which is near Alexandria

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    Here's some singletrackl near Detroit Lakes... I haven't yet been but plan to soon...

    MtnView Singletrack
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    Thanks LCW, I'll check that out. Any other beta near Alexandria would be appreciated, my intewebs searches aren't helping much.

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    Detroit Lakes and Alexandria aren't exactly close. According to the Googles, its about 1 hour and 40 minutes between the two. If you are driving that far, you might find Cuyuna to be something worth checking out. Its about 2 hours from Alexandria. And on the way you can hit Blacks Grove in Staples.

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    Cuyuna is about 2-2.5 hours away from Alex.

    It is BY FAR the best riding you'll find in the area.

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    thanks guys, I'm driving from CO so a couple extra hours won't hurt. appreciate the intel

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    Nothing in the Alexandria area. Cuyuna is a world class trail system, one of the best in all of the Midwest. Take the time and check it out. The Minneapolis/St. Paul area has a bunch of cool trails also, but it a bit of a drive.

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    Cuyuna is indeed awesome! It's one of a handful of IMBA "ride center"? Cuyuna Lakes (MN) Bronze-level | International Mountain Bicycling Association

    If you don't mind the drive it's well worth it.
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    This looks promising. Anyone know if dogs are allowed on trails (off leash)? I was on a few sites and couldn't find anything. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by scout View Post
    Anyone know if dogs are allowed on trails (off leash)?
    No dogs off leash. Park rule.

    If you are riding the trails, I don't think you would want a dog with you. The exposed rocks and scree are iron ore and razor sharp. I would be concerned they would chew a dogs paws up.

    Video showing how sharp: Cuyana Cut SM.wmv - YouTube
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    Thanks snowboy. Rigid singlespeed a good choice for this terrain?

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    Should be fine if you know how to handle a rigid at speed.

    Depending on how long you plan to ride, I would hit Huntington first thing in the morning. Tallest and steepest climbs first while you have the legs, then move over to Yawkey for some skills and downhill and to be closer to town for lunch/beer. Then head back to Huntington for as a cool-down.

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    Solid, thanks again for the intel. This "to be closer to town for lunch/beer" is right up my alley...

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    Quote Originally Posted by scout View Post
    Thanks snowboy. Rigid singlespeed a good choice for this terrain?
    You can ride it on just about anything. I was riding yesterday with my brother and he was on his fully rigid single speed Karate Monkey and he does just fine. Kicks my tail!

    Tons of rigid single speed bikes all over MN and out at Cuyuna.

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    For near DL, nix the Mtn View trail. It's not bad, but it's not ready for primetime. It's not completely done, so it's short, and it's a bit confusing. What's there isn't bad, but not worth a major drive.

    Maplelag seems much better. I was only able to do the 3 miles single track loop, but there's a 7 mile loop too that is supposedly quite good. So you'd get a total of 10 miles. I'll need to go back. Mtn View is maybe 4-5 miles total.
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