Twin Cities Metro Mountain Bike Trails
The many communities that make up the Metropolitan Area of the Twin Cities provide an extensive network of rugged single track and easy to moderate mountain bike trails. Many regional and city parks maintain trails to provide something for everyone, close to a major metropolitan area.
Bethel Haunted Forest Trails: 6 miles
A series of interconnected loops in an 80-acre wooded area, one mile south of the town of Bethel. Rated easy to intermediate with advanced sections featuring hills, twists and log crossings. Trails are shared with hikers and are open for fatbiking and snowshoeing in the winter.
Minnesota River Trail: 11 miles
Intermediate: Nicknamed Minnesota River Bottoms. Mostly singletrack winds through wooded area near river. Challenging trail that can be muddy after rain. Plenty of jumps and some obstacles.
Cottage Grove Bike Park
This family-friendly bike park at 26-acre West Draw Park is a work in progress. Currently, it includes a 4x track, two pump tracks, and a complete dirt jump plaza.
Springvale County Park: 3 miles
Flowy singletrack trails with banked turns and beautiful rolling jumps weaving up and around a lake, traversing streams, swamps, forests and glacier moraine berms. These trails are fast and are great for beginner to intermediate riders. Constructed drops, teeter-totters, rolling jumps, boardwalk sections and rock gardens keep the ride interesting. Trails can be accessed from both the North and South parking lots. There is a bike repair station along with a bathroom and drinking fountain in the South parking lot. Groomed for Fatbikes in the winter.
Hawk’s Ridge Mountain Bike Trail: 4 miles
Lebanon Hills Regional Park: 11 miles
Mostly intermediate: This course is a favorite for many in the region. Good mixture of rolling hills and more technical singletrack. Woods provide secluded feel in suburban area. Groomed for fatbikes in the winter.
Inver Grove Heights
Salem Hills: 4.4 miles
Gently rolling hills through woods and reclaimed prairie consisting of three loops: Harmon Park, Sawmill, Foul Pond Loop.
Lake Elmo Park Reserve: 8 miles
Reid Park Trails: 1 mile
This beginner-friendly trail at 30-acre Reid Park is a work in progress.
Sunfish Lake Park: 5 miles
West Lake Marion Trail: 5 miles
Beginner to advanced: Hard-packed singletrack through woods and fields on the west side of Lake Marion near Casperson Park. Groomed for fatbikes in the winter.
Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Regional Park: 3.2 miles
Elm Creek Park Reserve: 12.7 miles
Interconnected singletrack loop trails. Built to accommodate all skill levels of riders, but mostly intermediate with short sections of easy and advanced trails.
Theodore Wirth Park: 12 miles
Lone Lake Park: 5 miles
This trail system is designed to accommodate a variety of mountain biking skill levels. It offers ample challenges, from the steep topography to the fast, flowy single-track. The trail is also open to hiking and trail running in dry months, as well as snowshoeing and fatbiking in the winter. Two trailheads provide users easy access from Rowland Road, in the park’s southwest section, or Shady Oak Road in the east.
Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park: 14.25 miles
This system offers many options for all skills levels including a fast singletrack, switchbacks and a meandering doubletrack. Be ready to deal with logs, roots, and wooden bridges.
Montiview Challenge Course: 2.75 miles
As the name implies, this trail demands good bike handling skills to negotiate. A very tight and twisty singletrack route with many short, steep hills runs through the woods and some open spots with great views of the surrounding area. Jumps, bridges, teeters, rock gardens, boulder piles and other features keep the ride interesting. The park also features a sculpture by a local artisit and a bike repair station. Montiview Park is a work in progress, look for more trails to be developed here in the future. Parking and a restroom is available near the trailhead located at the top of Holy Spirit Trail, and the park can also be accessed from the off-road paved path off Jason Ave. Groomed for fatbikes in the winter.
Oak Park Heights
Valley View Trails: 3.2 miles
Intermediate singletrack with some beginner and advanced sections. Features include a bridge, boardwalk, rock garden and switchbacks. Trails are one way with an estimated 400′ elevation change.
Lake Rebecca Park Reserve: 13.25 miles
Easy to advanced singletrack loops through wooded landscape with wetlands. Start at the Hilltop picnic area.
Battle Creek Regional Park-West: 8 miles
Fort Snelling State Park: 10 miles
Beginner: Enjoyable ride along the Dakota County side of the river. Generally flat trail, but scenic. Starts as a wide double track, then narrows to singletrack. Trails are multi-use and include fatbiking in the winter.
Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve: 10 miles
This trails features glacial ridges, hilly terrain and an extensive, lush forest. This is a challenging trail and a favorite for mountain bikers.
Excel Energy Mountian Bike Park: 4 miles
Monarch Singletrack: 10 miles
This trails system at Carver Park Reserve is made up of five connected loops that accommodate all experience levels. Easy Rider features wider tread and few sharp turns and climbs, making it ideal for hand cyclists and beginners. The Raptor Ridge loop has flowy trails and a highlight of the entire singletrack: A vista overlooking Parley Lake followed by berms and a roller descent. Paradise Trail has the longest climb of the system and an expert feature area with a concrete rollout, jumps, a slalom section and a shorter, technical climb. It offers bypasses for the difficult features, to accommodate intermediate level riders. Groomed for fatbikes in the winter.
Carver Lake Park: 4 miles
Series of interconnected loops and switchbacks on the south side of Carver Lake.