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    Moving to MN, Where should I ride?

    Howdy all!

    I'm moving to St. Louis Park in June from Colorado and I'm looking for some advice on riding in MN. What are some of the best trails near the cities or a little drive away? Also what generally can you expect from trail conditions (rocky, roots, mud, ect?)

    Thanks in advance!

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    We drive up to Welch village to ride the chair lift down hills.



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    Best trails:
    Theodore Wirth
    Battle Creek
    Lebanon Hills
    Murphy-Hanrehan Park
    Bertram Lakes

    Really we have a lot of good trails scattered across the metro area. Each area seems to have a very unique aspect to it.

    Mostly hard pack trails with roots and rocks scattered in. Strict rules on riding wet trails here so never ride in mud. You'll find a lot of wood features here. Some hard rock gardens.

    If you drive a couple hours, you can ride Duluth trails, Cuyuna Lakes and Levi's Mounds.

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    Welcome to the area!
    Looking toward the east 1 and 1.5 hrs are Menomonie and Eau Claire which have some nice trails. Eau Claire has Lowes Creek which is the trail system that one of the WORS XC races is run on and is a good ride.

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    I would also add Elm Creek to the list Voghan provided.

    Also, check out MORC.
    https://www.morcmtb.org/
    I don't know why,... it's just MUSS easier to pedal than the other ones.

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    Moving to MN, Where should I ride?

    The Twin Cities have over 100 miles of singletrack. Much of it maintained by the Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists (MORC).

    Everyone will state their favorites, but if I was you I would check them all out and decide for yourself. Many have been stated already, but here are the most popular in no particular order.

    MORC trails

    Elm Creek
    Murphy-Hanrehan
    Lebanon Hills
    Lake Rebecca
    Theodore Wirth
    Carver Lake
    Bertram Chain of Lakes
    Battle Creek
    Hillside

    Other trails maintained by other groups

    West Lake Marion
    Whitetail Ridge
    Wooley Trails


    There are a few more, but these are a lot of the metro trails. Theodore Wirth being closest to your house. This isn't CO of course but we have a vibrant cycling community in the Twin Cities. From mountain biking to road riding and everything in between. Cycling is very popular here.

    Welcome to MN and see you in the trails!


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    As others have stated. Check out the MORC site. People are more than happy to answer questions also. We have Facebook pages for all trails, email contacts on MORC site also. We're happy to help.


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    Moving to MN, Where should I ride?

    There are also great opportunities for riding outside the metro.

    Cuyuna has around 30 miles with plans to more than double that.

    Duluth must have 60-70 miles with plans to make that 100 miles.

    There are 90 miles being currently built NW of Duluth on the Iron Range.

    CAMBA trails in Hayward WI with almost 100 miles

    Lift assisted DH in Duluth (Spirit Mountain), and near metro at Welch Village.


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    Lots of new trail planned. It is exploding. I see this in next five years:

    Twin Cities will go from just over 100 miles to almost 200 miles.

    Outstate areas could increase by about 200-300 new miles of trail. All styles.

    We don't have the mountains but the north shore of Lake Superior has elevation and the reclaimed mine pits up north have elevation. Lots of exciting things coming.


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    Quote Originally Posted by KingLlamaSupreme View Post
    Also what generally can you expect from trail conditions (rocky, roots, mud, ect?)
    Every trail is different in MN and while regions have commonalities, its more varied then you might guess. Some trails, like Lebannon tend toward smoother while trails like Battle Creek are gravelly. And those trails aren't that far apart.

    Cuyuna, Tioga and the (future) Hibbing trails are in mine areas, so those are rock, clay and gravel.

    Duluth tends to exposed rock and loamy silty slay.

    All in all, you loose elevation in MN (obviously) but you gain flow, real personality to trails and a great bike friendly vibe.

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