Lutsen - Trail, Lutsen, Minnesota

Lutsen - Trail, Lutsen, Minnesota

DESCRIPTION

rock, slickrock, singletrack, double track downhill

USER REVIEWS

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[Jun 03, 2008]
queasyfish
Weekend Warrior

FYI: Lutsen CLOSED to bicycles this year - no biking anymore. Maybe they'll open up again in the future but I'm not holding my breath. They really weren't very invested in trails or bicycling.

I'm really bummed because it was the only place I could get my downhill fix in Minnesota. Like others said; trail maintenance was minimal, the trails were rough - baby-head boulders mid-trail were not uncommon. Terrain ranged from wide, fast and swoopy, to rough, slippery and sometimes jagged slick-rock. Not much true single-track really.

It was perfect for me and my usual group of advanced riders, but Lutsen tried to cater to familys and people who's tires had barely ever left pavement. There were no warnings whatsoever about trail conditions or suggested skill level (the ski-run trail ratings don't really apply) I'm sure many got hurt or asked for their money back.

Every time I went I would see obvious novices sitting on their rental bikes in the parking lot trying to understand how to put their helmets on while I'm on a Rocky Mountain RM6 with a full-face. Accidents waiting to happen.

I always looked forward to my annual trip. Oh well...

Customer Service

Go down to the Mystery lift, at the top go to the right, 2/3rds down quick left up the little bump, through the grassy area, then rail down the curve to the right (pray for no hikers). Across the bridge, up the hill, along the road to the parking lot, and do it again!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
2
[Jun 03, 2008]
queasyfish
Weekend Warrior

FYI: Lutsen CLOSED to bicycles this year - no biking anymore. Maybe they'll open up again in the future but I'm not holding my breath. They really weren't very invested in trails or bicycling.

I'm really bummed because it was the only place I could get my downhill fix in Minnesota. Like others said; trail maintenance was minimal, the trails were rough - baby-head boulders mid-trail were not uncommon. Terrain ranged from wide, fast and swoopy, to rough, slippery and sometimes jagged slick-rock. Not much true single-track really.

It was perfect for me and my usual group of advanced riders, but Lutsen tried to cater to familys and people who's tires had barely ever left pavement. There were no warnings whatsoever about trail conditions or suggested skill level (the ski-run trail ratings don't really apply) I'm sure many got hurt or asked for their money back.

Every time I went I would see obvious novices sitting on their rental bikes in the parking lot trying to understand how to put their helmets on while I'm on a Rocky Mountain RM6 with a full-face. Accidents waiting to happen.

I always looked forward to my annual trip. Oh well...

Customer Service

Go down to the Mystery lift, at the top go to the right, 2/3rds down quick left up the little bump, through the grassy area, then rail down the curve to the right (pray for no hikers). Across the bridge, up the hill, along the road to the parking lot, and do it again!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
2
[Jun 27, 2005]
hotcarl
Cross Country Rider

Lutsen advertises 30+ miles of trails (20+ now because moose is closed) but in reality theres about 10 miles of trail with 8-9 different options to how you access an leave the main trails. We took Trail #3 back which was the longest route we could find on the map. I have never been so disapointed in a "pay for use" trail. 3/8ths of the distance of the trail was FULLY covered with 4-8" diameter stones that made riding up impossible for even the most experienced of our group. after walking up the majority of the hill, we ended up on trail #20 or 22 which we ended up turning around and following a different route because the trail disapeared into overgrown grass. I exected the trails to be maintained and marked far better. We purchased a three day pass, for a discounted $60 for each person and drove 5 hours to get to lutsen. We were so dis-satisfied with the quality of the trails we got a refund for the remaining two days of our pass. (which is something i guess they don't usually do. I understand that weather/rain/ errosion effects the trails, but at a pay for use facility the trails should be easily marked, and trail conditions should be available. this mountain may be great for downhillers, or free riders. but that is not my game, i would asume that some DH freeks would love the #3 on the way down. we ended up looking at a couple of the "easy" xc routes that looked to be in better shape. but on the map and they ended up being 2-3 miles total, they looked like nice trails but I have nice 2-3 mile trails at home and their free. I think that lutsen has alot of potential to be a great mountain bike destination. it just seems they've half assed their bike trails and taken most of thier service roads and back ski trails and made them bike trails, for the money they charge to use the trail (wether you use the lifts or not) I expected a advanced single track trail network, it wasn't.

Customer Service

skip lutsen

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Skip lutsen, Go to the Tofte ranger station and talk to the old guy with the long beard about bike trails they've got maps galore. We went to white fish lake and took a 30 mile trek on some old logging roads in the middle of no-where. Great RIDE. I would also strongly recomond the bike trail to Carlton PEAK, off of the sawbill trail. the ride is only a couple of miles. at the you can hop off your bike at climb to the peak of the carlton peak, Absolutly gorgous.

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
4
[Dec 03, 2003]
bmdrider
Cross Country Rider

I have been riding Lutsen for 8 years now. It is a long drive from Milwaukee, but well worth it. However, this past summer I was a little dissapointed as they only had one lift open. They also had the nerve to charge $30 for a lift ticket and an extra $12 to use the gondola. I have had full lift access to all the trails in Vail, CO. for only $16. Back in the day at Lutsen you moose, mystery, and bull lifts open all day for only $20. What happened? I still enjoy the trails very much and will continue to travel there. This area is beautiful and asset to midwest mountain biking community. It is the closest thing to biking out west without all the travel time. Test you cross-country skills on trail #25 and your down-hill skills on #7 since Mystery is the only lift that's open now! You can ride over to the other mountains, but be prepared to climb back to the lift when you get to the bottom.

Customer Service

All of them with full lift access.

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you can ride all day, anywhere in the Superior National Forest.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
[Aug 29, 2003]
chefhearn
Downhiller

If yer up fer a white-knuckle hussle, this is fer you! Top speeds in the 40's, itz got it all, ROCKMENS, ROOTMENS, Riverskis, Ganjolas, and MTB Honeys!!! This is a grab yer boyz, fill yer pack, bring a couple extra spares for Cambell, pick yerself up, dust yerself off, and hope you don't shatter yer SPINS, good time!! Don't forget yer party favors for when Lenny eats it.....finally. This is the BEST you got in MINNYsota.

Customer Service

Ole 33's the grindermen Lucky 7 is the Bombadere

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Somw sweet hikes on the ole Babtismo if you aint to gimp!!!!

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 01, 1999]
Calvin Jones

Its a great place to visit. The forest is nice, lots of deer and wildlife, I saw a badger on one early AM ride. The guys at the shop at the resort are nice, and even competent. You can take the lifts or just ride the trails. If your cheap, you can ride some of the fire roads and stay off the ski area altogether, but it is worth it to use their trails. Good single track and good climbs. Plenty of roots in places, but the soils is tight and even in the rain its rideable.

Customer Service

Drive up interstate 35, past Duluth, keep going up highway 61 to Lutsen, and stop.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Jul 01, 1999]
LOUCH

THIS WAS THE HARDEST RIDDING I'VE EVER DONE. I WENT THROUGH 3TUBES,1TIRE AND A BACK RIM. BUT WE ALL HAD A BLAST. WE CAN'T WAIT UNTIL NEXT YEAR. THE LUTSEN JAMBOREE WAS ALSO A BLAST.

Customer Service

TAKE THE GONDOLA UP TO THE TOP. THEN GO STRAIGHT TO TRAIL#33. THIS IS ONE OF THE LONGEST TRAILS. IF YOU WANT ALITTLE UP HILL ACTION, STAY TO THE RIGHT. IF YOU DON'T LIKE TO CLIMB, CUT OFF ON #33a. ONCE YOU'VE MADE IT TO THE BOTTOM, TAKE THE CHAIR LIFT BACK TO THE TOP. THERE ARE MANY DIFFERENT TRAIL COMBINATIONS YOU CAN TAKE. BUT WATCH OUT FOR THE BEARS. MANY OF THE RUNS ARE MODERATE TO HARD. TAKE YOUR SPARE PARTS WITH YOU.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Jul 17, 1999]
Mike

This is the best riding I've ever done. It has many different trails and each one suits a different taste. Some trails are twisty S/T, while others are all out fire road descents over granite. Many good trails with roots everywhere. I love it, I want to move up there.

Customer Service

Take the Gondola over to Moose Mtn side. Then hit the loops to the bottom. 33 is a good long shot with climbs as it moves down the hill. 34 is PHAT. Like a sport class DH course. 26 is between em and it ripps as well. After all the Dh fun hit the other hills and climb up.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Aug 13, 1999]
Seth Petro

Very much worth the drive. probably the best trails network in the midwest. go with the $18 pass to get unlimited trail usage and lifts. If you take trail #3, be sure to stay on the biking trail, not the hiking trail. Otherwise you'll pay for it. I know, I've been there. Lets just say my buddy and I spent an hour and a half hiking back up the mountain with our bikes.

Customer Service

33 is a great run, 26 is also a lot of fun. 3 and 4 are good for crosscountry riding

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Gooseberry has some trails. But if you go there, sneak onto the hiking trails, they are much funner

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Sep 12, 1999]
Ron Wright

The best riding in Minnesota. This place is every bit as good as good trails in Colorado. (I lived in Boulder for 8 years.) The views aren't as nice, of course. If you want to go for the full experience, forget the lifts and ride up all three mountains. If you can do that, you are ready to ride anywhere in the country. Take that trip to Moab. :)

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others in Minneosta that approach Lutzen: Holzinger Lodge, Reno Unit

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
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