Lake Elmo Park - Trail, Lake Elmo, Minnesota

Lake Elmo Park - Trail, Lake Elmo, Minnesota

DESCRIPTION

Rolling wide trails, great for road bike on dirt/grass. Probably boring for hard core MTB. Ride your bike there to get a warm up & avoid the entry fee. Use drop bars and skinny tires to add to your cycling pleasure. Suspension optional.

USER REVIEWS

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[May 26, 2005]
danewillow
Weekend Warrior

Good for beginners. I didn't have any mountain biking experience my first year doing the Cheq Short & Fat. The second year, I started riding this trail in July and shaved 55 minutes off my time. The trail is almost always dry. There is one gully that fills up with water but you can walk or ride around (just make sure your tire doesn't fall in a rut and make you wipe out). Enjoy seeing the egret fly away as you do. I've encountered horses running loose on the trail and some riders, as well as people walking their dogs, but the trail is usually wide enough to get around them.

Customer Service

I do the outer B loop and pick up the inner A trail for an 8 mile ride. I do it twice if I want more of a workout.

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You tell me. I rode this trail after work and just got a new job across town. I need a new trail!

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
2
[Jul 25, 2004]
chrisl4
Weekend Warrior

Great trail for introducing new riders to MTB. It convinced me to get into serious MTB rides and can do the same for others. No hardcore technical details but a good endurance track with hills, some sharp turns, a few good climbs, and sand make the outside loop (8 miles) CLOSE to intermediate; gives newbies a taste for more. The downside, it is a shared with horses so watch out for the brown stuff. I've never meet a horse on the trail even on weekends, though I see the trailers. The only cost is a park car permit, $20 a year. Plus you don't see much of the outside world as you ride through prairies, woods, and view nearby lakes in this 2100+ acre preserve. With sections the whole family can ride (bonus points) make it a day and include the free swimming lake (man-made). With camp grounds spend the night and take a trip to nearby Battle Creek (10 miles) and Lebanon Hills (20 miles).

Customer Service

The outside loop when alone (route A). Inner loops and/or paved trails with the family.

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Battle Creek - intermediate and Lebanon Hills - great technical track, intermediate to advanced ; and they are both free

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
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3
[Mar 10, 1999]
The Rickman

I know a lot of riders who ignore this park due to it's relitive lack of excitement, but if you want good training rides this park rocks. I ride from my home in North Saint Paul and between getting to the park and riding the loop and coming home it makes up a good one and a half to two hour ride. Don't let the lack of single track keep you away. This park is very beautiful and has a lot to offer someone who wants to build their endurance while riding on dirt. Schredding on single track is great, but unless you ride somewhere like Lake Elmo on a regular basis you will suck wind on the really fun stuff. This park deserves a review and a good one as it has remained open to us Mt bikers and that alone deserves a five tire rating.

Customer Service

Just follow the loop. You can take off shoots here and there, but it is really just a big circle.

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Battle Creek is alway a great ride, but it is becoming almost to popular and the trails are starting to show bad wear.

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Jul 10, 1999]
independent variable

lame and flat

Customer Service

who cares

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RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
[Mar 20, 2000]
Goat

Best training park. Average Time and speeds are about the same as my Chequamegon 40 speeds. It's a pedalers trail.

Customer Service

Outer Loop (for the longest loop)

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Jun 28, 2001]
Scouser

 I rode this trail this morning. I am still a beginner, trying to get a feel for mountain biking and looking for off-road trails that will let me practice what I am trying to learn but without punishing my mistakes too severely. This trail has a lot to offer: some small climbs, loose rocks, sand, gullies and ditches, some nice downhills, sharp turns, a couple of the tracks where washed out with high water (had to get off and wade through), mud, and a long loop for endurance (and time to recover and think over that you should be doing). I am sure hardcore MTBs would prefer Lebanon, and probably dont think much of this review, but they should get over themselves and appreciate what the park has to offer. A good ride.

Customer Service

As above.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
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