Northwestern Minnesota Mountain Bike Trails
Many of the most popular mountain bike destinations in Northwestern Minnesota can be found in state parks and forests. This area offers more twists and turns and a greater chance to come across wildlife while rolling down a hill or along a hard-packed singletrack.
Lake Bemidji State Park: 5 miles
Beginner to advanced: Park has much to offer with dirt and packed grass trails. System is well maintained. Forested terrain has some challenging sections.
Movil Maze: 8 miles
This system lives up to its name, so bring a compass and use the map of the area. There are several spurs that branch off this trail. The trail is a combination of grassy sections and dirt singletrack with ramps. Parts of the system are groomed for fatbikes in the winter.
Maplelag: 23 miles
Mixture of challenging singletrack and grassy double track, easy to expert on well-kept trails through hardwood forest. Maplelag Resort offers dining and lodging options. About 25km are groomed for fatbiking in the winter.
Detroit Mountain: 8.5 miles
This trail system has trails from beginner to expert. Ride contour flow trails, or take the lift up to the top and zip down the downhill flow trails, or ride the skills park. Lodge with bathrooms, bar, and concessions is a must-see. Some trails are groomed for fat biking in the winter. Connecting trail takes you to Mountain View Rec Area trail. Groomed fatbike trails are available in the winter.
Dunton Locks County Park: 3 miles
Trail loops along the shores between Lake Sallie and Muskrat Lake. Some wind through hardwood forested hills. Trails are shared with hikers and are groomed for skiing in the winter.
Mountain View Recreation Area: 6 miles
Single track loops through mature, mixed hardwood forest. Trails are laid out to be challenging. Connecting trail takes you to Detroit Mountain Rec Area.
Lake Bronson State Park: 5 miles
Good variety of easy trails and loops to allow for different choices. The trails go through forest and prairie and are a mixture of grass and gravel.
Gooseberry Mound Park: 3.5 miles
Flat and wide singletrack loops on the banks of the Red River of the North. Connects to a short skills building trail with bridges and rock gardens in Horn Park. Beginner-friendly, because obstacles have ride-around options. Groomed for fatbikes in the winter.
M.B. Johnson Park: 4 miles
Singletrack loops along the banks of the Red River of the North. Trailhead has bathrooms, water and a shelter. Groomed for fatbikes in the winter.
Iwen Park: 7 miles
Beginner-friendly trail consisting of a north and south section. Not groomed for fatbikes, but usually well-travelled by snowshoers.
Ulen to Crookston
Agassiz Recreational Trail: 53 miles
This abandoned railroad grade is a designated multiple use trail shared by pedestrians, cyclists, equestrians and ATV riders. It passes through Ulen, Twin Valley, Gary, Fertile and Crookston and offers scenic views of the Sand Hill and Wild Rice Rivers and Minnesota farmland.