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    Cuyuna Trail - Minnesota

    Just a few shots I took at the newly opened Cuyuna mtb trail. Despite what the pictures show, this trail is super fast and flowy. So much fun. It's on IMBA's list of destination trails already.

    MAP of Cuyuna
    http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/maps/st...s/sra00302.pdf
































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    nice! Can't wait to see more from there. I'll be headed up for Squirrel Fest in July.
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    Heres some race start pics, MORC & IMBA tents, Redbull Truck
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    And of course Hans "No Way" Rey
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    BY the way Cuyuna is a great addition to the Midwests MTB scene. If you have the means to go- do it. you wont regret it.

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    I cant believe I missed Hans!

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    What part of MN is this?
    "There are those who would say there's something pathological about the need to ride, and they're probably on to something. I'd wager though that most of the society-approved compulsions leave deeper scars in the psyche than a need to go and ride a bicycle on a mountain." Cam McRea

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frozenspokes View Post
    What part of MN is this?
    Crosby in the Brainerd lakes area. More or less central Minnesota.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frozenspokes View Post
    What part of MN is this?
    Not all that far from you actaully. Maybe a couple hours drive or so.
    Just a regular guy.

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    No f-ing way...that's where I grew up... Next time I visit I'm renting a bike and going to shred some of that! Any good shops in Brainerd that rent some bikes...that looks awesome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by latedropbob View Post
    No f-ing way...that's where I grew up... Next time I visit I'm renting a bike and going to shred some of that! Any good shops in Brainerd that rent some bikes...that looks awesome!
    Check out this video of the riding up there. It's pretty f'ing sweet!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ArgOpWLdy_Q



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    Holy Sickness Batman!!! What's the skeeter factor up there? 110% deet?

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    Nice stuff......I'm anxious to try the place out this summer and or fall ! Anyway the trail pictures look great.....I'm stoked ! TIG.,.
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    I rode earlier last week, not at the grand opening, and let me say that it was just phenomenal. Rode with a couple of beginners and it was everything it's been hyped to be and more.

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    That does look fun. It's great to see these type of trails being built.

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    Wish I lived a bit closer. Great looking trail.
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    The only Imba Epic trail I've been to is Levis-Trowles Mounds in WI. If you been to that one and Cuyuna, how do you compare the 2? I don't want to head up there with to big or too small of expectations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by latedropbob View Post
    Holy Sickness Batman!!! What's the skeeter factor up there? 110% deet?
    Iím sure it will get worse but right now, there arenít any skeeters so to speak. I didn't get bit once while up there last weekend.



    Quote Originally Posted by the-one1 View Post
    The only Imba Epic trail I've been to is Levis-Trowles Mounds in WI. If you been to that one and Cuyuna, how do you compare the 2? I don't want to head up there with to big or too small of expectations.
    I'll let you know in a month or two when I check out Levis. One thing to note, IMBA designated Cuyuna as a "destination trail" while Levis as an "epic." Looking at the pictures of Levis, the scenery looks more "epic" but i'd be really be surprised if the trail road as flowingly or as fun as Cuyuna. I really hope im proved wrong though. I highly doubt anyone will be disappointed with how this trail rides. Its just fun.
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    Great pics and trail. So much red rock and dirt - is that from iron? Looks almost volcanic like around Bend OR. Anyway, looks like fun. Thanks for posting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CraigCreekRider View Post
    Great pics and trail. So much red rock and dirt - is that from iron? Looks almost volcanic like around Bend OR. .
    It's iron ore type rock. It's really red and will coat your tires with red dust. It's really hard packed.

    The town the trail is in was a former mining town. After all the iron ore was mined there were lots of very large pits that slowly filled with water to create some of the lakes you see in the pics. The water is really clear and has created a haven for scuba divers and fishermen a like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by latedropbob View Post
    What's the skeeter factor up there?
    Actually, not bad at all. The pit lakes (the old pit mines, now trout lakes) and elevation change create some pretty good breezes and that tends to keep the skeeters off most of the trails.

    Ticks on the other hand...

    Look at the pictures on Hansi Johnson's blog: http://universalklister.blogspot.com/

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    Man, that guy on the yellow bike looks kinda newbish. I'd hate to be that guy.

    And for the record, that one picture of me on top of the rock with boardwalk on each side makes it look like I was dabbing, but I totally didn't.

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    Cuyuna Discount Card

    Going to Cuyuna for some biking this summer/fall? Want to save some of that hard-earned money for tires and tubes that Cuyuna will chew up? Do yourself a favor and get a Cuyuna Discount Card!

    Its good for one year, till June 2012, and includes the following discounts:

    Dairy Queen: Buy one Blizzard (any size) and get one free
    Crosby SuperValu: 32oz Powerage for 49c w/ purchase of $5 or more
    Papa Johns: Buy 1/2 cold sub, get 1/2 cold sub free
    Barstock Liquors: 10% off entire purchase
    Louie's Bucket of Bones: 10% off any purchase
    Tesoro: 4c off a gallon of gasoline
    Clark Self-Serve: Buy 1 pan pizza and get a fountain drink free
    North Country Cafe: Any meal over $5 and get soda free
    Cycle Path & Paddle: $10 off any half or full day rental
    Deerwood Motel: $10 off a night rooms

    How much for these awesome discounts? Just $10!

    So help save yourself some money (seriously, one trip to DQ and Barstock and the card pays for itself), help local businesses, and help MORC.

    They can be purchased at Cycle Path & Paddle till June 23rd, when they will available at all the establishments listed above.

    All proceeds benefit MORC.

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    The day before yesterday I rode around the Huntington trails messing around with my camera. I am a horrible photographer, but afterwards realized that maybe my pictures might help describe what the trail is like, so I went through and labeled the pictures with the trail names.

    Here's a link to the entire photobucket album:

    http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v5...ker302/Cuyuna/

    The trail has some very scenic and dramatic views, and some neat trail features. Some examples:














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    Looks fantastic; diggin the control speed sign.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArmySlowRdr View Post
    Looks fantastic; diggin the control speed sign.
    I found the "control speed" sections are either at two way or at places where you could really hit high speed. Maybe not quite for most riders but there is the ability to go down hard.

    It's really something to checkout if you live in the midwest. I've 3 trips there and still cannot wait to go back.

    If you make a trip to Minnesota, your cannot find a better trail to ride. It flows and is nothing like the pics.

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    I made it down for this event. The trails are super fun and well made. Can get kind of lost out there and it would be nice to see direction arrows on the maps.

    The community is really behind these trails and were very curious on how us mountain bikers like them. Will defiantly be going back to ride them.

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    Looks like a great trail,
    Is the rock actually tinged red or is that just post production photo work?

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    That lake looks great to swim in!

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    Nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jjnorm View Post
    Looks like a great trail,
    Is the rock actually tinged red or is that just post production photo work?
    I did not alter the photos at all. The trail really is that red.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jjnorm View Post
    Looks like a great trail,
    Is the rock actually tinged red or is that just post production photo work?
    It's kind of an iron range thing. I also take my heep to the Gilbert OHV area, which is on the northern end of the iron range (Cuyuna is on the southern end), and it's the same thing there. The tires, engine bay, whole underside of the vehicle is stained forever red. I'd actually try to avoid mud puddles as best I could with my Cherokee, since I think I like it black better than I'd like it in red.






    If you get it on your clothes, you can sometimes get it out with stain remover, but often times it permanently stains anything it touches.

    Here's a picture of the new bridge they put in at Cuyuna, you can really see the contrast between the color of the trail, and the straw or whatever it is that they put over the dirt. Also, you can see the red stain from bike tires on the cement of the bridge.



    I think that is a good example of how "red" or "orange" the soil and rocks are in this area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jjnorm View Post
    That lake looks great to swim in!



    No doubt , I might have to bring my canoe as well and stay awhile ! This area looks like a good time ! TIG.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TIGMAN View Post
    No doubt , I might have to bring my canoe as well and stay awhile ! This area looks like a good time ! TIG.
    Kayaking is another very popular activity at Cuyuna, as is scuba diving.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stormwalker View Post
    Kayaking is another very popular activity at Cuyuna, as is scuba diving.
    Thinking about borrowing my friends 16 foot alu boat for a day and exploring these waters. Fishing most definately.
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    Are the trails open?

    Most State of MN trails and parks are closed due to the shutdown over state budget.

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    They are open, though not maintained during the shutdown. So watch for fallen branches.

    Also, if you crash, its just 911 and wait for the ambulance.

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    Looks awesome

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