Mount Kato - TRAIL

Mount Kato - Trail, Mankato, Minnesota

Ski hill in the winter. Mostly single track. Some preaty intense downhill sections

User Reviews (14)

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duggus   Downhiller [Aug 27, 2008]

Ummmm I dunno, this trail isn't too exciting for the $8 you have to pay to ride it. I'd say about 85% of it is uphill or some sort of climbing... with not much for the downhill or jump people out there. I didn't come across even one log obstacle or anything of that nature. There was a section called "the luge" which was the only fun part... watch the turns though, I actually managed to go over the bars going too fast around a blind corner that dropped suddenly!

But all in all... mostly just a workout ride, not much fun for having to pay... and even if you didn't have to I've been on a LOT more exciting trails.

Similar Products Used: Anything in Minneapolis!
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2
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Jake Pruett   Racer [Nov 08, 2003]

Yo yo yo,they got climbs that will make you cry, and downhills that you will your pants on. Great trails, well maintained and plenty of events year round. Thanks to Jon Romberg (Winner of the 1989 Mankato Downhill Trick Challenge)

Customer Service

Once you get into Mankato, give Bandit a call up on the CB. He knows where its at.

Similar Products Used: JP money trails, on Riverfront past Pure Pleasure. They are currently being worked on. Mankato BMX track.
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ERic A   [Aug 13, 1999]

Has some nice climbs of all grades and some really nice decends and technical areas . as well as neat flats . A good day trip

Similar Products Used: 7 mile trails north of Mankto as well as the minnesota river valley
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Jason Voelkel   [Aug 17, 1999]

Fast Descents, switchbacks, long and short climbs, etc... This trail makes the MN River Bottoms look like your 16 year old sister on a Friday night. City slickers step on down south and put some scratches on your pride and joy. Dont forget to try the "pink poodle" or the "luge" before exiting.

Similar Products Used: Seven Mile Creek, Gage Towers Trail, BMX track
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Todd Dalberg   [Nov 30, 1999]

Mount Kato has some nice switchback, vigorous uphill and some "gut-check" downhill. A well rounded trail, that seems to push the limit of a good portion of the bikers who attempt it. I would recommend bringing a group. Spend the day, you'll have a blast!

Customer Service

The "Mad Squirrel" and "Pink Poodle" are worth a visit.

Similar Products Used: 7-mile creek is less technical (unless you find yourself of Trail No. 9), but is quite scenic. Oh and it's free.
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jeff   [Dec 16, 1999]

and they have races and a bike shop stop in

Customer Service

everything it is fun

Similar Products Used: none because there is none in a 50 mile radious but gelnco
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Joe D.   [May 23, 2000]

this trail is really cool. it has some of the best singletrack descents in the state. the switchbacks are awesome and the climbs are challenging. a fantastic trail.

Customer Service

follow trail, it makes a 5 mile loop

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Brad   [Jun 17, 2000]

This place is pretty good. It's cheap and fun. Bring a group. Quick Release has an great drop off at the end. Ridge run is great (go fast)! Dead horse is also worth a try. Go fast and have fun.

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Todd Dalberg   [Jun 25, 2001]

This is an update from a couple of years ago. Having had the chance to ride at Mt kato about 50 times since then, and having ridden Afton, Glencoe, Buck, Mon Du Lac, the river bottom, Cable (WI), and so on, I would definitely say Mt Kato is one of finest places to ride in Southern MN, and maybe the entire state for that matter. I've yet to check out Red Wing, Winona, or Spirit Mt.

The trails at Mt Kato are true XC trails. A total of 7 miles of tight single track, good climbing, excellent down hills (like no other around here), and it's super fast when it's dry. I've yet to find a better place to ride in MN and Northern WI (cable area). It does cost 6 bucks a day, but it's well worth it. Check it out if you haven't done so already.

Customer Service

Mad Squirrel to Pink Poodle to the Luge.
do check out High Line and Ridge Run also.

Similar Products Used: 7-mile creek perhaps...
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Slik Lixxx   [Oct 25, 2001]

In my humble opinion, this is the best ride in Minnesota. Lutsen, Milaca, Holzinger, Memorial Park, Hillside are all close seconds, but no other place that I've ridden offers the type of ride that Mt. Kato does. This place is all single track. I've never ridden it wet (and probably wouldn't want to), but dry the terrain is smooth hardpack. There are no real obstacles aside from the occasional log, and really no rocks.
Mt. Kato is the Minnesota king of the switchback. Uphill, downhill, rideable, unrideable, you name it, it's there. Check out Dead Horse, Pink Poodle, and Mad Squirrel if you like doing them while descending, and the Cedar Climb for while ascending. This place is like an entire park worth of Milaca's Sky Hill- just sick with switchbacks!
Do you want insane high-speed descents? Try The Luge or Ridge Run. Both are like nothing else I've seen. Whereas Lutsen features fast rocky descents on double-track or fireroads, Mt. Kato features fast descents on bermed, twisty singletrack (well, Ridge Run has berms anyways). The Luge will scare you...
Oh yeah, Mt. Kato also has at least 3 great climbs. The last climb to get to the highest point is called the Staircase, and you climb for an eternity before you even get to the sign that says "The Staircase". Talk about demoralizing!
There are several paths I've never ridden, including the High/Low Line and the Compressor. I'll get those next time. In conclusion, come ride this place! You won't regret it. Mankato may be destroying this park to build a railroad soon, so go before it's too late!

Customer Service

First, get a trail map at the lodge. You start with the "Kato climb", then go to "Frog Pond". After that I believe you can start to choose your trails.

Similar Products Used: Other good trails South of Minneapolis: Memorial Park (Red Wing), Holzinger Lodge (Winona), Fruita (Colorado), Moab (Utah), El Sendero Bueno (Mexico)
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